Four local sides qualify for Alliance cup finals
It was cup semi-final day in the Northern Alliance League at the weekend and it procved to be a good day for four of the local sides who all made it through to their respective finals – Blyth Town, Cramlington United, Bedlington and Newbiggin.
Blyth Town were in action in the Challenge Cup and they had a good 2-1 home win over Premier Division leaders New Fordley.
This sets up a final date with Newcastle Chemfica, who beat Alnwick Town 2-0 away from home in the other semi.
In the Combination Cup, there were two local sides in action, and both won through to face each other in the final.
Cramlington United beat Forest Hall 2-1, whilst Bedlington FC beat Rothbury 4-2 on penalties after the teams had drawn 0-0.
In the Amateur Cup Newbiggin edged a 3-2 away win over Cramlington Town, and they will now go on to face Newcastle East End in the final after they beat Spittal Rovers 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out, the teams having drawn 1-1 after extra time.
In the Cowie Cup, Ashington Reserves lost 2-1 at home to Heaton Stannington, and they will go on to meet West Jesmond after they beat Wooler 3-2 at home in the other semi.
Meanwhile, in the leagues, Red Row drew 2-2 away with Whitley Bay Sporting Club to remain third in Division 1, whilst Seaton Burn beat Felling Magpies 3-1.
In Division 2, Blyth FC had a good 5-1 away win over Ellington to stay sixth, whilst in the Development Division.
Fixtures for local sides in the Northern Alliance for this Saturday (January 25) are:
Gardner Cup – Blyth Town v Newcastle Blue Star.
Division 1 – Wallsend Boys Club v Seaton Burn; Hexham v Cramlington United; Whitburn & Cleadon v Blyth Spartans Res.
League Cup – Bedlington FC v Cullercoats.
Division 2 – Newbiggin v Cramlington Town; Newcastle Univ A v Blyth FC.
Development Division – Ashington Res v Lowick.
Teams wishing to apply for the Northern Alliance for the 2020-21 season should email secretary Derek Booth at [email protected] .com – the closing date for entries is March 31.