Hat-trick for Lavender as Isabella win

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CRAMLINGTON Town A travelled to Blyth Isabella in Group A of the Selcray Bowl on Saturday and lost 5-1 despite a goal from Mark Waite.

Matthew Lavender grabbed a hat-trick for the home side, who also had Kris Allington and Curtis Miller on the scoresheet.

Ryan Lonsdale and Scott Sherrington had earned Blyth Town Reserves a 2-0 success at Gosforth Bohemians Reserves in midweek in division one.

Two wins in four days moved Heaton Rifles into the driving seat in Group B of the North East Amateur Challenge Shield.

On Wednesday they had Carl Stoker and sub James Cooper on target in a 2-0 success at Wardley, while on Saturday Cooper and manager Ian Robson’s penalty moved them 2-0 up on North Shields Town by half-time.

Simon Rice pulled one back for Shields but moments later Carl Stoker put the seal on a 3-1 win.

Shields had also won on Wednesday, with Aaron Langlands and John Wenn netting in a 2-1 success, while Colin McLaughlin grabbed a consolation for Gosforth Bohemians A.Wardley meanwhile returned to form with a 7-2 thrashing of Lindisfarne Athletic. Aaron Coote (2), Carl Clarke, Jordan Flynn, Ryan Heron, Dean Kirtley and Chris Gray were all on the scoresheet for the victors, while Jonny Storey and Peter Lowery countered for Lindy.

Heaton now head the group with 11 points ahead of North Shields on eight, while Wardley have seven, Lindisfarne five and Gosforth three.

In Group A, Longbenton cancelled out a 3-0 half-time deficit at home to Winlaton The Queens Head to claim a point in a thriller at the Oxford Centre on Wednesday.

David Dodds and Matty Fothergill’s brace had given Queens a clear advantage, but strikes from Rob Woods and David Short got Longbenton back into it before David Kane unleashed an unstoppable long range to secure a share of the spoils.

Chemfica therefore stole a march in midweek with a 1-0 home win over Ponteland United Reserves thanks to an Anthony Bruce goal.

Winlaton brought them back to earth, however, with a 3-0 defeat on Saturday, with goals from Matty Fothergill, Chris Henderson and Liam McGivern.

Winlaton thus head a tight group on eight points ahead of Chemfica on six, Longbenton on five and Ponteland on four, while Cramlington Town A trail with one.

Newcastle Medicals beat Cullercoats Reserves 3-2 in an exciting Group B clash.

The game was delicately poised at 2-2 entering the closing minutes, but centre-half Dan Bos scored his second and Medicals’ third to win the game.

Steven Carnell got their other goal, while Chris Connor and Luke Fergusson netted for Cullercoats.

In Group C, Mark Edge got the only goal as Walker Central Reserves edged out Grainger Park Boys Club.