WITH all clubs having a free weekend due to the Tyne-Wear derby game, the Blyth and Wansbeck League has reached a critical stage of the season with cup finals looming.
Two finals at Bedlington Terriers’ ground are on Sunday, March 25.
First will be the Alan Davison Cup final at 10.30am. Although Burradon and New Fordley have already reached the final they are still waiting to see who their opponents will be as Ashington Mortimer play Blyth Comrades in the other semi-final on Sunday.
Then at 2.30pm, New Hartley will meet North Shields Royal Arms in the Eric Anderson Memorial Cup.
In the league, it looks like Burradon and New Fordley are on course to retain the premier division title.
Blyth Comrades are in second place with Ashington Mortimer close behind.
Ashington Grand hold a nine-point advantage at the top of division one.
It is tight for second between Cowpen Percy Arms and Blyth South Beach, who have two games in hand over third place Whitley Lodge Kittiwake, while Monkseaton Arms have games in hand on all of them.
Division two favourites North Shields Royal Arms have five games in hand over sides above them and seven games in hand over leaders Ashington Central who are nine points ahead of them.
It is going to be very close for the second spot. Cramlington Bay Horse have two games in hand over the Central. In addition, New Hartley have hit form but will need sides to drop points for them to enter the frame.
Bedlington Community are still not out of the race either.
After their good County Minor Cup run, they also have games in hand to overtake clubs above them.