WEST Jesmond took advantage of their rivals being in cup action to move to the top of division one in the Tyneside Amatuer League with a 4-1 home success against Newcastle Medicals.
The only other league game saw Cullercoats Reserves claim an impressive 4-1 win away at Blyth Town Reserves, with goals from Chris Connor, Dean McCarthy and a David Llewellyn double.
The divisional cup competitions began in earnest.
In the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield, holders Rutherford Reserves were humbled 8-0 at Farnacres by last season’s North East Amateur Challenge Shield winners Blyth Isabella.
Daniel Long helped himself to a hat trick and Matthew Lavender and Kris Allington grabbed doubles, with the other goal from Andrew Howe.
Last season’s beaten finalists Walker Central Reserves narrowly saw off Gosforth Bohemians Reserves, with Sam Grievson netting the only goal.
Grainger Park have been inconsistent in the league, but impressively saw off (FoWS) Diggers 6-1.
Karl Graham grabbed a hat trick, with Frankie Armstrong, Keith Blenkinsop and Christopher Riley also celebrating. Ross Anderson wasn’t celebrating as he provided the sole response.
Arguably game of the day was at Heaton Terrace, where New York went down 3-2 to High Howdon Social Club. John Gibson and Daniel Henderson’s strikes for the home side were cancelled out by a Scott Dodds double and Chris Phillips.
The North East Amateur Challenge Shield is in a group stage format this season.
In group A, Lindisfarne Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw with Chemfica Reserves, with Joe Bann cancelling out Johnny Storey’s 25th goal of the season.
The other game saw a feast of goals at Bullocksteads as Ponteland United Reserves beat North Shields Town 6-4.
Andrew Davison’s four goal salvo for the hosts was supplemented by Connor Powell and Matty Robinson. Town’s Gary Blythe added a further two, with Simon Rice and Chris English netting the others.
In group B, Cramlington Town A’s game with Wallsend United was cancelled, so the only game saw Winlaton The Queens Head claim a 9-3 success at Gosforth Bohemians A.
Group C only has three teams, so the only game saw a 3-3 draw between Heaton Rifles and Longbenton. Doubles from Dominic Hall (Heaton) and Jack Morris (Longbenton) were added to by Ray Wright for the visitors and Nigel Hull for the hosts.
The other team in that group are Wardley, who were in action in the Durham FA Minor Cup, going down 5-2 at home to Whickham Lang Jacks.