AFTER another long season, the curtain came down last weekend on the Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League.
The league and cup sponsors were thanked, as was Bedlington Terriers FC for use of their facilities for the finals, and fixture secretary Paul Turner.
Once again, the team to beat was Burradon and New Fordley who enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies – winning the premier division, Randolph Cup, George Davison Cup and Alan Davision Cup.
At the start of the season, they failed to retain the David Crighton Cup, losing to Billy Mill from the Cramlington League while they went out in the NFA Sunday Cup at the semi-final stage and lost in the first round of the All England Sunday Cup.
Runners-up went down to the last game between Ashington Mortimer and Blyth Comrades, with the latter taking second.
Division one was a close race between Ashington Grand, Cowpen Percy Arms, South Beach, with Grand beating their nearest rivals to secure the title.
Percy Arms finished second with South Beach and Whitley Lodge Kittiwake not far behind. These four should be in the premier division next season.
Cowpen Percy Arms did win the Saints Shield, beating Ashington Grand in the final.
Other teams in the division never lived up to the promising starts they had. High Street went undefeated early on, however, they lost their way and plummeted down the league.
Blyth Seahorse should have been pushing for honours but fell away mid-season.
Division two saw North Shields Royal Arms romp away with the league. They also won the Eric Anderson Cup.
Ashington Central, who led the table for most of the season, finally finished in fourth.
Ashington Bubbles clinched runners-up spot with a late surge, finishing above Bedlington Community who had the same points as Central with just one point separating second and fourth.
Ashington Bubbles did win the JD Marnock Cup, beating local rivals Ashington White House.
AE Phoenix joined the league this year. They turned up every week and although they failed to gain a point all season they made a lot of friends and most of the sides had nothing but praise for the club and their young players.