Reserves go into cup final after losing league game

BLYTH Town Reserves finished their division one season in the Tyneside Amateur League with a 4-2 defeat against New York.

A Martin Robinson double was not enough for Town as goals from Billy Simmons, Gary Stanners (2) and Graham Tate saw the North Tyneside outfit home.

However, they meet West Jesmond in the league’s first final of the season, the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield, at the UTS Stadium in Dunston on Wednesday, April 25, 7pm.

Meanwhile Cramlington Town A were beaten by a Chris Lockerbie goal for Chemfica Reservces in the North East Amateur Challenge Shield.

David Dodds and Ryan Latimer helped Winlaton Queens Head beat Ponteland United Reserves 2-0 in the other tie.

Chemfica face the same opponents next week – avoiding defeat will see them face Wardley in the semis, while a loss will see them up against Heaton Rifles instead.

New York then rounded off their Selcray Bowl Group D campaign with a 4-2 win over Longbenton.

Tate scored a brace this time, as did Danny Henderson, while David Short and David Heatherington countered for the Bulls.

(FoWS) Diggers put themselves in a strong position to qualify with a 3-0 success over Gosforth Bohemians A, with Marc Turnbull and Matty Hayton (2) on the scoresheet. Diggers’ game with Longbenton was then postponed.

West Jesmond moved to the top of Group B with a narrow 1-0 win at Lindisfarne Athletic, Alistair Semmence netting the vital goal, although Lindy will count themselves unlucky after matching the division one champions throughout the game.

Meanwhile, Heaton Rifles held Cullercoats Reserves to a thrilling 3-3 draw. Kevin Salmon, Dean McCarthy and Ross Meenaghan netted for Cullercoats, with Craig Volpe and a Carl Stoker brace securing a share of the spoils for Rifles.

Lindisfarne’s game with Cullercoats fell victim to Saturday’s torrential rain, as did the Group A clash between Blyth Town Reserves and Cramlington Town A.

Wardley became the first team to qualify for the quarter finals with their third straight win in Group C, 3-1 at Ponteland United Reserves. Carl Clarke grabbed a brace, and Aaron Coote was also on target for the visitors, while Mason Stephenson nabbed a consolation for Pont.

Walker Central Reserves look likely to join Wardley in the quarters after a 2-1 win over Chemfica Reserves, with Marc Donaghey and assistant manager Steve Vickers netting, while Craig Black scored a consolation for ‘Fica.