Classic cup game ends in a win for Community as they hold of a spirited challenge from Royal Arms

BEDLINGTON Community hosted North Shields Royal Arms in the re-arranged NFA Minor Cup quarter-final – and it turned into a classic.

The hosts were the first to score but were quickly pegged back, and every time they scored the Royal Arms equalised, until seven minutes from time when they went 5-4 in front and held out for the win.

Goals for Community came from Antony Harrison (3) and Jamie Graham (2). Alan Batiste and Les Thompson each scored two for Royal.

In the Alan Davison Cup quarter-final, Monkseaton Arms put in a good performance at home against Blyth Comrades before going down 2-1. Antony Brannon scored for Monkseaton. Daniel Long scored both for Comrades.

The SA Randolph Cup quarter-final saw Ashington Mortimer take on Burradon and New Fordley, with Burradon easing into the semi-final with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Michael Chilton (2) and Steve Howes.

The premier division saw a close game between North Shields Gunner and Newbiggin. The Gunner gained a valuable three points in the 2-1 win with goals from Stephen Hayward and Kevin Watler. Jay Riches scored for Newbiggin.

In division one, High Street went down 4-1 at home against Blyth Seahorse. Anthony Goldie scored for Street. Goals for Seahorse were shared between Darlye Pendleton, Martyn Hepple, Brian Gabbitas and Mathew Wade.

Ashington Grand had to fight all the way to win at home against Blyth Masons Arms. The Grand took an early lead but found themselves 3-1 down with ten minutes left.

A spirited fight back by Grand saw them claw their way to victory, 4-3. Goals for Grand came from David Jones (2), Luke Bunting and Paul Hedley. Goals for Masons came from Lee Birch, Kevin Long and Nick Brannighan.

Division two saw Ashington Bubbles take the points in a seesaw battle at home against West Allotment. With the scores level at 2-2, Allotment had a penalty well saved by the home keeper before Bubbles won it 3-2.

Goals for Bubbles came from Kris Allington, Stephen Dick and Kris Tait. Michael Hartley and Sam Todd scored for Allotment.

Marden Residents had to fight all the way to gain the points in their home game against Cramlington Phoenix, winning 2-1. Michael Wedderburn scored both for Marden. Andrew Moles scored for Phoenix.

New Hartley won 3-2 at home against Ashington Grand Street. Scott Evans scored a hat-trick. Goals for Grand Street came from Shaun Dodds and Robert Groves.

Newsham Black Diamond had a 4-0 home win over basement side AE Phoenix. Craig Frazer scored all the goals for Black Diamond.

n The Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday Football League are looking for teams to compete in the 2012-13 season.

Any team interested in joining, or simply wants more information, should contact general league secretary Frank Scantlebury on 07939 102986 or e-mail