Tight at the top in Northern Alliance premier division

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IT remains tight at the top of the Northern Alliance premier division after both Amble United and Heaton Stannington claimed maximum points on Saturday.

Sean Taylor controlled a long ball and dinked in the only goal for the Seasiders against Stocksfield.

The United striker also hit the woodwork with a second half header, as did team-mate Rikki Hume.

Meanwhile Jonathon Wright cut in to drill home the first for Heaton against Ashington Colliers.

Mark Davison’s cool volley into the roof of the net doubled the advantage and Andrew Weeks tucked away the third from a Wright centre.

Harraby United are breathing down their necks, however, and they went ahead at Walker Central when 17-year-old Kyle Metcalfe thundered one in from 35 yards.

Peter Ferris made the points safe late on with a run from his own half before beating a couple of defenders, rounding the keeper and slotting home from a narrow angle.

Wallsend Town’s Paul Mchutcheon crashed in a hat-trick as they leap-frogged Shankhouse. Chris Garwood and Andy Wilson also celebrated scoring with Jake Turnbull on hand for the consolation.

Graeme Troghton’s shot was deflected into the Hebburn Reyrolle net to give Percy Main the advantage, but the visitors hit back to claim their first point when Robert Allan was sent tumbling in the box by Villagers’ keeper Rob MacGregor. The number one was dismissed, and Allan stepped up to make no mistake from the spot.

Daniel Maguire struck twice in Seaton Delaval’s victory at Rutherford – the second coming just seven minutes from time. Alan Mulholland netted a debut goal for the hosts, who remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Both Blyth Town and Whitley Bay A created chances but could not apply the decisive touch as it ended in a stalemate that maintained Town’s unbeaten start.

In division one, Northbank and Cramlington Town both slipped up but maintained the top places.

Form side Bedlington Terriers Reserves condemned Town to their first defeat as they struck five times. Robbie Eastway netted two with Stu Melville, David Scott and Dylan Williamson getting the others while Andy Miller, James Armstrong and David Mason struck at the other end.

Northbank’s six-game winning streak was also ended by Heddon, who went ahead through Perry Veitch. John Calvert levelled for the Cumbrians, but Heddon went straight up the other end and hit the winner through Richard Darwent.

Red House Farm also lost for the first time in a thrilling clash at Wallington. Jordan Nellis’s double helped the Greens to an important win with Josh Gilmartin and Mark Jewitt getting the others. Patrick Collins, Jack Brogden and Nathan Winter crashed in for the Farm.

Craig Cook (2), Paul Ford and Marc Findlay all scored as Ponteland United secured three points at Newcastle Chemfica, who had Steven Spence and Steve McLaughlin on the scoresheet.

Steven Hart (2) and Sean Smith (2) netted to give Cullercoats an emphatic win at Willington Quay Saints.

Paul McLean and Liam Heenan found the net for Hexham at Gateshead Redheugh.

Darren Cambell and Travis Couling celebrated two each for Gosforth Bohs as they put the skids on Morpeth Town A. Joe Collins and Patrick O’Donahue completed the scoring for the Gosforth side with Darren Percy and Matty Robinson the Town scorers.

Goals from Dan Sherliker and Dan McDonald for Forest Hall were cancelled out by Mick Spencer and Tom Stapleton for visitors Newcastle Uni to give them their first point.

In division two, Wallsend Boys Club were knocked off top spot as improving Newcastle Benfield Reserves pulled of a surprise.

The warning signs were there as Benfield gave premier division Ashington Colliers a real game in the League Cup recently. A double from Aiden Bell and a Steven Thomson strike gave them the spoils, with Steve McCabe and Liam Stubbs replying.

Scott Jasper’s late winner put North Shields Athletic into pole position. Ben Pollock had shot them ahead at New Fordley, but Lee Waugh levelled.

James Bowman and Lee Cuthbertson both struck twice for Birtley Saint Josephs as they hit eight against Cramlington United. Goals from Martin Guy, Anthony Smith, Jack Pearson and Tony Smith made up the tally.

Chris Watson grabbed four for Swalwell in a thrilling ten-goal draw with Longbenton. Jack Gibson got the other and as the game swung from end to end, David Short (2), Adam Brown, Martin Reynolds and Connor Cavanagh netted for the Bulls.

Lee Howey and Jack Greenwell bagged braces for Seaton Burn as they hit Grainger Park for six. Chris Baker and David Hewitt got the others and Paul Gibson replied.

A James Scott penalty just before the break gave Wooler the points at Wideopen and Alnwick Town Reserves’ in-form striker Stephen Hutchins grabbed the only goal of the game at Blyth Isabella.

Scott Dodds hit two for High Howdon SC as they drew with Alston, who had Nathan Fraser and Joseph Wright on target.