Comfortable start to the new year for league leaders

IN the Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League premier division, league leaders Burradon and New Fordley had a comfortable 6-0 home win over North Shields Gunner.

Leading the scoring with a hat-trick was Michael Chilton while Paul Alexander added two and Steve Howes one.

Ashington Mortimer won 3-0 at home against Whitley Bay Seahorse with goals from Trevor Newman, Brent Aisbitt and Darren Riddell.

Milbourne Arms just could not match Blyth Comrades’ finishing as the Blyth side took the points with a 4-2 win through doubles from Terry Self and Daniel Long.

Division one saw league leaders Ashington Grand beat local rivals Ashington White House 4-1 with the Todd brothers causing the damage. John Appleby scored the White House consolation as Michael and Graham Todd each scored two for Grand.

Blyth Masons Arms let a two-goal lead slip at home against Blyth South Beach in a game with seven goals. Kevin Long scored all three for Masons but another hat-trick hero Andrew Keenam, and Aidrian Watson won it for South Beach.

Cowpen Percy Arms kept up their push for promotion with a hard-earned victory away to Blyth Seahorse thanks to goals from Steven Rylatt and John Pegg.

In an even game between New Delaval and Newsham and the High Street, the latter took the points by the odd goal in seven. Scorers for Newsham were Richard Orr, Jason Quinn and Chris Orkney with Jason Smart, Steven Brown, Sean Craddock and Anthony Goldie on target for the winners.

Whitley Lodge Kittiewake went down at home to near neighbours Monkseaton Arms 2-0.

Division two saw Ashington Central continue their winning ways with a not so easy win at home against AE Phoenix 4-0. Scoring for Central was Richard Hall, Jason Wilson, Mark Taylor and Ryan Chisholm.

Ashington Bubbles had to settle for a share of the points in their goalless draw at home against Newsham Black Diamond.

Ashington Grand Street and Bedlington Community’s game was decided by Street’s super sub Alan Buller. He came on and proved the difference with a good finish to win it 2-1 after Chris Hogg for Grand Street and Richard Stobbart for Community had the game level.

New Hartley had a good win at Blyth Ridley Park 3-1. Ian Dawson scored for Ridley but goals from Nick Jefferson, Scott Evans an Clark Gunn won it.

Martin Jobson was on target for Cramlington Phoenix but they lost 7-1 at title favourites North Shields Royal Arms.

West Allotment also had a good win at home against Marden Residents 4-1. On target for the Allotment was Wayne O’Brien.