THE Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League new season got under way at the weekend with the David Crichton Cup quarter-finals.
Ashington Bubbles played host to premier division Ashington Hoose and put up a good show before going down by the odd goal in three.
Craig Penny was on target for Bubbles, but goals from Brent Aisbit and Jason Riches won it for the visitors.
Two sides promoted to the premier division last season, Ashington Grand and Blyth South Beach, also had a close match with visitors South Beach winning 3-2.
Mark Hedley and Graham Todd scored for Grand with Robert Ridley, Redmond Cockburn and a wonder goal from Dang Hi Voung sealing the win for Blyth.
North Shields Royal Arms had little trouble getting past Bedlington Community, beating their visitors 5-1.
Burradon and New Fordley beat Blyth Comrades 4-0 in the other tie.
In the premier divison, Newbiggin played host to promoted Newsham Vic and started with a bang, scoring seven goals.
Leading the scoring was Steven Sanderson with four, with Jonathan McAnaney (2) and Stuart Ingram also on the scoresheet. On target for Vic in their 7-3 defeat were Marc Carroll, Scott Mordue and Kevin Long.
In division one, Blyth Post Office won 3-1 at home 3-1 to New Hartle, who had Andrew Farrier on the scoresheet.
But goals for Post Office from Brian Gabbitas, James Sinton and Andrew Dodds earned the three points.
New Delaval and Newsham had a good start wining 4-2 at High Street.
Jason Smart and Tony Harvey scored for High Street but James Bell (2), Craig Frazer and Craig Danielson wo it.
Ashington Cree beat Flavour Bar 3-1. Chris Hogg scored for Flavour with Kevin Chapman (2) and David Laing for Cree.
Division two saw six new sides kick off their season.
Newbiggin Coble’s 6-1 win at FC Beacon Whitley Bay saw Liam Halliday and David Jobson score two each with Michael Curry and Chris Stanton also on target.
Cramlington Phoenix and Lynemouth Institute drew 1-1 draw with Jonathan Harland on target for Phoenix and Tommy Brotherton for Institute.
Forest Hall CC won their first game with a 2-0 win at home to Blyth Seahorse.
Newsham Willow Tree went down at home 3-1 against new boys Ashington Portland.
Daniel Wright scored for Willow but goals from Mark Knox, Steven Young and Patrice Butters won it.