Buffs beat Tavern to move level on points in Sunday league

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In the Morpeth Sunday League division one, Ashington RAOB defeated Amble Tavern 4-0 thanks to strikes from Ben Harmison (2), Liam Davison and an own goal.

‘The Buffs’ are now level on points with Amble with the same number of games played, although the Tavern have a vastly superior goal difference.

The Wharton Arms defeated Riverside Lodge 3-1 thanks to goals from Joe Moscrop, Josh Monaghan and Ben Lorking, with Glen Reardon replying.

In the first round second leg of the Lewin Cup, Bedlington Barrington Arms edged out Stobswood on penalties after an intriguing 120 minutes of football at West Lea.

Stobswood took the lead early in the first half thanks to a Nathan Baker strike to put them 3-1 up on aggregate, leaving ‘The Monkey’ with an uphill task to get back into the contest.

Barrington then equalised when striker David Scott won a penalty and Calum Donohoe kept his cool to send goalkeeper Karl Dryden the wrong way.

As the second half wore on it looked as if the game was going to end in frustration for Bedlington as they simply could not find a way past Dryden, who was in inspired form.

However, they did eventually manage to level the tie on aggregate thanks to the persistence of striker Chris Dobey.

A long ball over the top was chased down by Dobey and he managed to win the 50-50 with the goalkeeper before beating a covering defender and lofting the ball into the top corner of the goal.

Despite chances at either end the remainder of normal and extra time failed to yield any goals, which meant the game had to be decided on penalties.

After two misses from Stobswood the deciding penalty fell to Monkey full back Calum Donohoe, who once again was coolness personified and he lashed his penalty home to wrap up a hard fought win.

In the only division two game this week North End Trap went nine points clear at the top of the table with a fine 5-1 win over Amble Dock Hotel, with Mark Mavin, Kevin Bell, Marc Nixon, Josh Baston and Kevin Chapman all on target. The Amble response was scored by Callum Fenwick.

In the first round second leg of the Reveley Cup, Morpeth Shambles defeated Amble Blue Bell 4-2 on the day and overall 6-3 on aggregate to advance to the next round.

Shambles’ scorers were Steve Warwick (2), Ashley McAlpine and Kyle Shaw. Amble Blue Bell’s goals were scored by Ronan Straughan and Ryan Dodson.