BLYTH Isabella had to settle for fifth place in the Tyneside Amateur League division one after finishing their season with a high-scoring draw with (FoWS) Diggers.
Matthew Lavender bagged a brace for Isabella with Kris Allington and Curtis Miller also on target.
However, Chris Maddocks grabbed a pair for Diggers and Danny Watt and Matty Hayton completed the scoring as the side’s battled to a 4-4 draw.
Diggers stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games to secure an impressive fourth place finish as Matty Hayton’s hat-trick helped them to a 6-1 win at Gosforth Bohemians Reserves in their final game.
Further strikes came from Aydin Kocak, Scott Shiel and Scott Johnson. Nick Chance netted the sole counter for Bohs.
In Group A of the North East Amateur Challenge Shield Chemfica secured an impressive 4-2 win at Longbenton via Craig Black’s hat-trick and Carl McGuire, with consolation strikes from Kevin Gordon and David Short.
Longbenton bounced back with a 3-0 success at Cramlington Town A, with goals from Rob Woods, David Short and David Hetherington.
Goals from with Andrew Carr and Mark Waite earned Cramlington a 2-2 draw against Winlaton The Queens Head, who had David Dodds and Ryan Latimer on target.
Winlaton then moved top with a 3-1 home win over Ponteland United Reserves.
Matty Fothergill and a Ryan Latimer brace saw Queens home, with a consolation from Matthew Gerrett.
Winlaton now have 12 points ahead of Chemfica on nine and Longbenton eight.
Ponteland four and Cramlington two.
In Group B, Heaton Rifles drew 2-2 at Lindisfarne Athletic, who had Tony Fawcett and Mark Wilkinson on target.
Craig Volpe and another penalty from Ian Robson equalised twice for Heaton.
Rifles were then beaten 4-1 at home by Gosforth Bohemians A, who had Adam Dean, Daniel Ford, Colin McLaughlin and Craig Nesbitt celebrating. Nigel Hull scored Heaton’s counter.
Bohs had drawn 1-1 with Wardley in midweek. Mark Envy netted for Bohs with Carl Clarke celebrating for Wardley.
They then beat North Shields Town 6-2 to end Shields’ hopes and move into second in the group.
Clarke again, Aaron Coote (2), Ryan Heron, Gordon Hutchinson and Dean Kirtley scored, while John Wenn’s brace was mere consolation for Shields.
Heaton now lead the group with 12, a point ahead of Wardley. North Shields have eight but have played all of their games, while Gosforth (7) and Lindy (6) can still qualify with two games each to play.
Newcastle Medicals won an exciting Selcray Bowl Group B clash 7-3 against Lindisfarne Athletic, despite Johnny Storey’s hat-trick taking his tally to 34 for the season.
Also netting trebles were Steven Carnell and Andrew Hall for Medicals, with their other goal from Simon ‘Les’ Hill.
In Group C, ten-man Grainger Park Boys’ Club saw off Chemfica Reserves with goals from Rob Jefferson and Shaun Sagar. Anthony Bruce countered for Chemfica.
New York’s Selcray Bowl campaign is in danger after they lost 2-1 to Gosforth Bohemians Reserves. Marcus Burn and Andy Thompson struck for the victors, while Paul Noon replied for New York.