In division one of the Morpeth Sunday League, Bedlington Barrington Arms battled to a 4-2 win over Ashington RAOB.
Early in the first half ‘The Monkey’ took the lead as Shaun Cowell made a surging run down the left wing before finding John Paxton on the opposite flank and he delivered a ball into the box which was acrobatically volleyed home by Chris Dobey.
Bedlington’s lead, however, was cancelled out early in the second half with a cool finish from the edge of the area by Lenny Lansbury.
The Buffs then turned the game on its head as the Bedlington goalkeeper’s misplaced pass found its way to Ben Harmison who clinically punished the mistake.
Barrington got themselves back into the game as striker Chris Dobey won a penalty, and although Josh Laverick’s initial spot-kick was saved he pounced on the rebound to level.
The Monkey then went ahead as lively substitute Chris Moffitt found Paxton with a pinpoint cross into the box and he killed the ball brilliantly with his first touch before rifling home a fierce strike into the roof of the net.
Paxton then scored again and in the process wrapped the game up with a stunning goal struck from the outside of his foot into the top corner from just outside the area.
In the division’s other game, the Wharton Arms also recorded a 4-2 victory as they defeated Riverside Lodge thanks to goals from Michael Carr, Simon Cunningham, Josh Monaghan and Phil Gowens. The Riverside scorers were Tommy Wilkinson and Mark Robertson.
In division two, North End Trap remain top as they won their derby against East Chevington 9-3 with Kevin Bell scoring five alongside strikes from Jack Small, Paul Smith, Ian Elliot and Marc Nixon. The East Chevington replies were scored by Craig Keen, Sean Palmer and Joe Henderson.
Six points behind North End and with a game in hand are Morpeth Shambles as they recorded a comprehensive 8-0 win against Elephant FC with the scorers Jack Palmer (3), Sam Walton (2), Kyle Shaw (2) and Ashley McAlpine.
Ashington Conchie defeated Amble Dock Hotel 2-0 with goals from Michael Freathy and Lee Sparrow.
And HMP Northumberland won 9-0 against Alnmouth Argyle thanks to a Ryan McCue hat-trick, a brace from Jason Singh and goals from John Hughes, Paul Cochran, Dale Huggins and John Smylie.
Stobswood as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the NFA Minor Cup with a 4-2 win against Ashington Grand. On target for Stobswood were David Curtis, Mark Sinclair, Gary McDonnall and Robert Baker.