Masons just fall short in comeback

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THE first round of two cup competions got under way in the Standard Security Blyth and Wasnbeck Sunday League at the weekend.

In the George Davision Cup, Blyth Masons just failed to take North Shields Gunner to extra time.

Masons took an early lead through Kevin Long but had a mountain to climb in the last 20 minutes as they found themselves 4-1.

However, a spirited comeback was not quite enough despite goals from Adam Race and Gary McMorland.

In the Alan Davison Cup there were wins for Blyth Comrades and Marden Residents.

Comrades won at South Beach by 3-0 with Kevin Long scoring a hat-trick.

Marden Residents beat New Hartley 4-3 on penalties.

The score was 2-2 after extra time with Andrew Shandran and Chris Piriz on target for Hartley.

In the premier division Burradon and New Fordley beat Whitley Bay Cibos 5-2.

Milbourne Arms went down at home 7-2 against Ashington Mortimer, who had Brent Aisbit scoring a first half hat-trick.

Further goals came from Michael Dance (2), Darren Riddell and James Lindley. Scott Brothrick scored for Milbourne.

Newbiggin edged The Eagle 1-0. Tony Messenger scored before being one of two sent off.

Division one saw Ashington Grand overpower tRockcliffe Arms 8-2 with Luke Bunting leading the scoring with a hat-trick. Paul Hedley and Graham Todd added two each with Michael Todd also on the score sheet.

Blyth Seahorse beat Ashington White House 4-0 with goals from Martyn Hepple and Craig Cook, two each.

Cowpen Percy Arms came unstuck at home against Monkseaton Arms.

High Street beat neighbours New Delaval and Newsham 6-1.

Jason Smart led the scoring with a hat-trick; further goals coming from Anthony Goldie, Chris Laidlaw and Tony Barrass. Dean Shortt scored for the visitors.

Division two newcomers Ashington Rohan Kanhai are finding the going tough. They went down 18-0 to Bedlington Community, with goals from Richard Stobbart (3), Steven Gibbins (3) and Michael Douglas (3), two each for Michael Robinson, Antony Harrison and Liam Issac and one for Joe Herron, Marc Ord and Jamie Ayre.

Cramlington Phoenix won 5-1 at home against Blyth Ridley Park.

Chris Burt scored a hat-trick with Michael Treanor with the other two. David Campbell scored for Ridley.

Ashington Central beat the Black Diamond by the odd goal in three.

Craig Frazer scored for Diamond while Gary Wallace and Richard Hall scored for the visitors.

West Allotment and Ashington Bubbles shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.Kris Allington and Michael Hogg scored for Bubbles.