Athletic return after several months with fine win

LINDISFARNE Athletic had not played a league game since late November, and maybe the rest did them some good as they beat Tyneside Amateur League division one leaders Walker Central Reserves by the odd goal in seven.

Jonny Storey nabbed himself a hat-trick with Mark Wilkinson also scoring, with Mark McDonnell and Sam Grieveson (2) scoring for Walker.

West Jesmond joined New York just three points behind Walker after a 4-1 win over Chemfica Reserves. Kester Young bagged a brace, with Stephen Callaghan and Dan Turnbull also on the scoresheet. Luke Molloy scored Fica’s consolation.

Heaton Rifles moved up to fourth with a 2-0 win at Cullercoats Reserves. James Cooper’s free kick was nodded on by Carl Stoker and finished by Connor Dowell to give Rifles a half-time lead. A determined defensive effort kept Cullercoats at bay until Kevin Murphy’s free kick added a vital second to secure the points.

Gosforth Bohemian Reserves moved up to sixth, in the midst of a pack of teams on 16 points, with an impressive 4-1 win at Diggers.

Winlaton The Queens Head and Wardley shared six goals at Axwell View. Craig and Michael Lowdon and Chris Henderson scored for the home side, while Aaron Coote bagged a brace for Wardley, with Brad Nicholson completing the scoring.

Chopwell are 12 points clear at the top of the second division after a 2-0 win over Gosforth Bohemian A, who drop to third. Rowland Lee and Craig Willis were their marksmen.

Four Lane Ends Club remain second but a Gary Winter hat-trick condemned them to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of fifth-placed Kenton Bar Community.

Newcastle Medicals are fourth after a 1-1 draw at home to Stobswood Welfare. Mark Tobin struck for Medicals, with Jacob Baker scoring for Stobswood, who sit seventh but have games in hand.

In sixth are North Shields Athletic Reserves, who beat basement side Newcastle East End 4-2. Sean Millington bagged a brace, and the other goals came from Anthony Skipsey and an own goal. Andrew Bartle and Kristian Gilbert scored for East End.

In the Neville Cowey Cup Group Stage, New York saw off Ponteland United Reserves 4-2. Liam Bainbridge and Danny Henderson both netted pairs for New York, with Daniel Baird and Ryan Murphy replying for ten-man Pont.