Gordon double helps Wallsend Town retain Memorial Trophy

Paul Gordon netted twice as Wallsend Town retained the Northern Alliance Bill Gardner Memorial Trophy at Purvis Park on Wednesday evening.

The game exploded into life after a goalless opening period when Gordon headed home just a minute after the break.

Walker levelled ten minutes later when substitute Anthony Lowry’s cross-shot flew into the corner of the net.

Town went back in front in the 71st minute when Chris Garwood rose to power in a header from a corner.

Then seven minutes later they extended their lead as Gordon crashed in a shot from inside the box.

The game was set up for an exciting last six minutes when Paul Collinson reduced the deficit from the penalty spot, but Wallsend held on to lift the trophy for the second successive season.

In other Northern Alliance games on Wednesday evening, Forest Hall won 3-2 at Wallington and Red House Farm put six past Ponteland in a 6-4 away win in division one.

In division two, Cramlington United beat visitors Alston 4-2, hosts Seaton Burn won 2-1 against Birtley St Josephs, Swalwell entertained Wallsend Boys Club and earned a 2-1 victory, and the top scorers were New Fordley, who put six past visitors Alnwick Town Reserves with three in reply.