Lion hold their nerve to take cup in penalty shoot-out

Burradon & New Fordley skipper David Atkinson lifts the George Davison Cup.
Burradon & New Fordley skipper David Atkinson lifts the George Davison Cup.

The Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League’s last two finals took place at the weekend.

In the JD Marnock final it was Earsdon Red Lion who took the spoils against Blyth South Beach.

On 32 minutes from a set play Earsdon took the lead as Rob Carr rose to head home.

South Beach came out in the second half and levelled inside five minutes into the half as Daniel Thompson scored.

On 65 minutes Beach took the lead from a corner on the right as Michael Haley got the final touch.

With only minutes remaining Lion won a succession of free kicks, and it was from one of these that Carr again rose to head home to take the game to extra time. But neither side were able to find a winner and it went to penalties, where Lion kept their cool and netted their first four spot kicks while Beach missed two.

NFA councillor Frank Scantlebury presented trophies and the match of the match went to Red Lion’s Rob Carr.

Burradon and New Fordley were made to fight all the way before regaining the George Davison Cup as Wansbeck Pots and Slots were a match for most of the final.

It took until the 75th minute for Michael Chilton to break the deadlock when he managed to poke the ball into the corner of the net while on the floor.

He was again on target on 80 minutes.

Fordley were then awarded a penalty and a Wansbeck player received a second yellow card.

Chilton completed his hat-trick only after following up after the keeper saved the spot kick.

Rob Gibson presented trophies from Port Training Services and the man of the match award went to Joe Besford, chosen by Mr Gibson.

Only one game was played in the premier division as Forest Hall lost 6-2 at home to North Shields Royal Arms. Daniel McDonald scored both goals for the home side while NickyThompson (3), Alan Batist, Stephen Clay and Sean Blake strikes won it.

Division one saw Blyth Sports and Social Club consolidate their push for promotion with a 6-0 home win over Stakeford Cherry Tree. Craig Danielson, Glen Dolmahoy and evergreen Craig Mordue all scored two each.

FC Beacon pulled off a shock when they defeated Newbiggin Bankhouse at home 4-2. Scoring two apiece were Michael Lamb and Dominic Gillespie, while Karl Davison scored a double for Bankhouse.

AE Phoenix and Blyth Isabella Colliery shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Craig Miller and Daniel Donnelly scored for Phoenix, with Eoin Ridley and Paul Bertram replying for Isabella.

Blyth Last Orders’ winning run continued with a 5-3 home win against Ashington White House. Mathew Crook led the scoring for Last Orders with a hat-trick with Andrew Farrier and Ross Gilchrist also on target. On target for White House was Ryan Johnstone, Craig Towert and Trevor Newman.

Marden Residents went down 7-3 at home to Ashington Excelsior. Goals for Residents came from Chris Darroll (2) and Liam Parr. Martin Kelly and Steven Gardner both hit hat-tricks for Excelsior with Jamie Graham adding the other goal.

Newsham Victory won by the odd goal in five against Cramlington Green. Goals for the Vic came from Chris Coppen, David Lillico and Stephen Waterworth. Karl Boughen and John Leonard scored for the Green.

The league is looking for new teams to compete in the 2014-25 season. Any teams interested should contact Frank Scantlebury on 07939 102986.