THE main focus in the Morpeth Sunday League at the weekend was the second round of the Challenge Cup, which contained several tight encounters.
None more so than East Chevington’s 5-4 win over Felton after extra time.
On target for East Chevington were Darren Smith (3), Paul Smith and Gary Reid, with the Felton responses coming from Alex Makin, Tony Brown and a double from James Jackson.
Morpeth Chantry edged out Bomarsund 3-2 with their goals coming from Liam Marshall, Ryan Murphy and Peter Allaway with the winner, a fine strike from 20 yards. The Bomarsund replies were scored by Aidy Grey and Ross Muter.
Shakespeare Tavern also progressed by a single goal margin as they defeated Amble Dock Hotel 2-1 with the highlight being a brilliant 35-yard free kick thunderbolt from Shakespeare’s Mal Lawson.
The Tavern’s other goal was scored by David Chivers while Amble Dock’s solitary strike was scored by Jason Hindhaugh.
Pegswood Ex took their place in the next round with a 5-2 win over Northumberland HMP thanks to braces from Ashley McAlpine and Stuart Marshall and a solitary goal from Ross Donnelly.
Rounding off the Challenge Cup fixtures this week, Bedlington Barrington Arms sailed into the next round with a fine 8-1 away win against Blackthorn Rovers. On the scoresheet for Barrington were David Scott, Calum Donohoe, Rob Eastway, Shaun Cowell (2) and Dylan Williamson, who helped himself to a hat-trick for the third game in a row.
In division one’s sole game this week, Wharton Arms Bedlington recorded a 6-0 win over Amble Tavern thanks to a double from Robbie Black and a goal each from Si Cunningham, Jamie Chapman, Chris Dobey and Josie Bolam.
In division two, Riverside Lodge firmly cemented their place at the top of the table with a fine 9-1 win over Alnmouth Argyle.
Top scorer Dan Thompson led the way with a hat-trick, Chris Martin and man of the match Darren Percy both scored twice and the victory was rounded off by a single goal from Glen Reardon and a Nathan Williamson penalty.
In the second game of the day, North End Trap logged a 6-1 away win against bottom side Amble Blue Bell.
North End were slow to start and Blue Bell managed to keep the ball in the early stages, however, the deadlock was broken when after ten minutes a Mark Nixon corner was headed out to the edge of the area and North End Trap captain Phil Airey lashed home a fine volley from 25 yards.
After taking the advantage North End really took the game to Amble with Wayne Simpson putting in an outstanding display in goal, their lead, however, was doubled with fittingly both of their lively wingers involved as a Ryan Chisholm effort was palmed out by the goalkeeper and Mark Nixon made no mistake by scoring from ten yards out.
Trap scored their third before half-time as Graham Dewitt linked up with Ryan Chisholm and he played in man of the match Nixon to grab his second of the game.
Shortly after half-time North End found themselves 4-0 up after a great all round passing move involving no less than four players was finished off by striker Kevin Chapman.
Chapman then scored his second and his team’s fifth as he beat the offside trap before coolly rounding the goalkeeper and tapping the ball into an empty net.
Amble did manage to get themselves on the scoresheet as Airey scored at the wrong end, but their misery was compounded when Jack Small was played through and he hammered home to round off the victory.
North End actually ended up with nine men on the pitch for the last half an hour as two players succumbed to injury following a triple substitution, but this still failed to take the gloss off a fine morning’s work from North End Trap.