Only a handful of Alliance games beat weather

SNOW flurries in the early hours of Saturday played havoc with the Northern Alliance fixture list with only a handful of games played.

In the premier division, Carlisle City turned up the heat at the top of the table as they beat Amble United and moved to within six points of the leaders, with three games in hand.

Tom Lucock fired the Cumbrians ahead from the penalty spot after just two minutes, and although Ross Gair levelled for the Seasiders with another penalty 14 minutes later, Stuart Kilgour arrived unmarked to head in the winner at the near post four minutes after the break.

Harraby United’s Jonathon Simpson bagged a brace as they saw off Shankhouse.

Alan Casey and Ryan Errington netted the others with Rees Farndell netting the consolation.

In the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup, first half strikes from Justin Millican, Josh Gilmartin and Sam Walton put Wallington into the final as they comfortably saw off fellow first division side Ponteland United.

There were own goals at both ends as Newcastle Uni won a seven-goal thriller at Hexham in the first division.

In-form Students striker Tom Stapleton struck twice and Jake Salisbury got the other with Scott Coates and Jamie Peel the Tynedale scorers in a game that they were always chasing.

In division two, Wooler’s Mark Forrest was on target as they were held by fourth-placed Wideopen.

Lee Shickle netted for the visitors with both sides probably happy to settle for a point.

Alnwick Town Reserves hit-man Steven Hutchins fired a brace as they beat Seaton Burn. Ross Straughan got the other and the visitors had Reece Noble and Nicky Hara on the scoresheet.