Blyth Town make a good start in Northern Alliance

AFC Newbiggin's Ross Muter (red & black stripes) put in a man of the match performance in their goalless draw v Seaton Burn. Picture by Ian Appleby
AFC Newbiggin's Ross Muter (red & black stripes) put in a man of the match performance in their goalless draw v Seaton Burn. Picture by Ian Appleby

Blyth Town are the early pace-setters at the top of the Northern Alliance premier division table following Saturday’s 4-0 win over Northbank.

Goals from Jason Ritchie, Josh Miller, Ian Lee and Daniel Young saw them off to a flyer in Cumbria.

A Jordan Nellis double helped Wallington also to a 4-0 win as they beat Percy Main. Josh Gilmartin and Sam Walton got the others.

Chris Rue finished a good move to put Shankhouse ahead against Hebburn Reyrolle and Paul Dunn doubled the advantage with Bede Finnegan netting a consolation.

A Micky Bowman double gave Killingworth Station the points at Seaton Delaval.

Walker Central’s James Walker (pen), Alex Clafton and Carl Begbie slotted in against Red House Farm.

Simon Tucker’s 20 yard drive to open for Carlisle City was cancelled out by a late Andrew Robertson leveller for Whitley Bay A.

Gateshead Rutherford’s young boss Chris Fairless has spent the summer rebuilding and was rewarded with an opening day win over Wallsend Town.

Fairless was delighted as new signing Danny Hill struck twice and Will Forsyth and Sam Moore got the others as they raced into a 4-1 lead, with Paul Gordon netting for Town.

There were a few nervous moments as the visitors, who were reduced to ten men, hit twice more through Andy Hawthorn and Lee Garwood, but Rutherford held on for the three points – almost half their haul for last season.

In division one, Gateshead Redheugh’s Kev Hay had his shooting boots on and helped himself to four in an 8-1 romp at Heddon that swept them to the top.

Liam Henderson struck a double with Robert Frame and an own goal completing the rout. Andrew Davison grabbed the consolation.

Wooler’s Mark Forrest struck a last-gasp winner as they came from behind at Willington Quay Saints to take the points. Dale Johnson’s penalty put Saints in front but Luke Strangeways levelled then Forrest netted in the 90th minute.

Birtley Saint Joseph’s Martin Guy also scored in the dying seconds to claim a point at ten man Ponteland United, who led with goals from John Dunn, Liam Anderson and Peter Scott, with Lee Cuthbertson and Guy getting the others for the visitors.

Matthew Robinson, Andrew Dalton and Tavis Couling struck for Gosforth Bohs in their success against Forest Hall.

Garrick Murphy-Collins struck twice in Newcastle Chemfica Independent’s narrow victory over Bedlington Terriers Reserves. Steve McLaughlin hit the other with John Barret and Josh Laverick replying.

Hexham won 4-3 at North Shields Athletic and Cramlington Town were 3-2 winners over Cullercoats.

Chopwell got off to a flyer in division two as they won a nine-goal thriller at Grainger Park – with Alan Rennison crashing home four times. Craig Willis got the other with Dwayn Murray (2) and John Somerville (2) replying in an end-to-end encounter.

Chris Sword netted a double at Whitburn during Longbenton’s 4-1 success, with Alex Nesbit and Phil Sharpe getting the others.

Nicky Whitelaw’s brace helped Wallsend Boys Club to success at High Howdon. James Garwood got the other, Jason Walsh netting at the other end.

Dan Long was another two-goal hero for Blyth Isabella as they saw off West Allotment Celtic A, with Todd Musgrove also finding the net. Dan Haggerstone notched the consolation.

A goal in each half from James Bowman and Danny Igo saw Swalwell see off Wideopen.

It finished all square at Newcastle Benfield Reserves, who had Andy McBride on target against Alnwick Town Reserves, who replied through Lee Armstrong.

Gateshead Leam Rangers got off to a good start with goals from Lewis Conroy and Tony Falconer giving them three points against Cramlington United.

Neither side could break the deadlock and it ended in a goalless stalemate between AFC Newbiggin and Seaton Burn.