Flavour Bar out in front but pack are closing in

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In the Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League premier division, Wansbeck Flavour Bar, with new additions to their squad, have been the front-runners for some time, but creeping up are titleholders Burradon and New Fordley.

They are 12 points behind in second place along with Blyth Comrades and North Shields Royal Arms on 21 points.

However, Burradon and New Fordley have six games in hand on the Flavour Bar.

Comrades have three games in hand and Royal Arms four games.

Five sides in mid-table are separated by six points, but New Delaval and Newsham have played more then the rest.

Two sides at the bottom are Cramlington Phoenix and High Street.

In division one, new side Blyth Sports and Social Club have led the table from the first game of the season, however, with three defeats it as allowed Blyth South Beach Community to close the gap.

Beach are still unbeaten in the league, with three games in hand and only three points adrift.

Another new team, Ashington Excelsior, are in fourth place, seven points behind Newbiggin Bankhouse.

A team who have made huge strides this season is AE Phoenix, who are in the top half.

Newsham Victory, who started slowly, have found some decent form and rocketed up the table.

Three sides who were expected to be among the pacesetters were Blyth Last Orders, Ashington White House and Blyth Waterloo SC, formally Cowpen Percy Arms, however, all three are in mid-table.

Last Orders and White House have games and all could change in the second half.

The bottom five sides are mainly new teams, however, FC Beacon, who have struggled this season playing without a regular keeper, are third bottom.

Propping up the table are Stakeford Cherry Tree, but they have games in hand and could leapfrog to mid table.

At the January meeting, the draws for the semi-finals of all cups will take place except the JD Marnock Cup, which will be the first round with Blyth Last Orders looking to retain the trophy.