Isabella into last four but Town miss out

BLYTH Isabella secured a place in the semi-finals of the Tyneside Amateur League’s Selcray Bowl – without kicking a ball.

Their quarter-final opponents Newcastle Medicals were forced to withdraw from the competition after being unable to field a team.

They now play Longbenton on Saturday for a place in the final.

The Bulls earned their last four place against Isabella with a stirring come from behind 4-3 win over Wardley.

Wardley were 2-0 up at the break against a Longbenton side who were by that stage down to ten men.

However, the Bulls fought back to take the game into extra-time and took the lead for the first time before Wardley levelled again.

Shem Bailey claimed his second of the game, and Longbenton’s winner, with just two minutes remaining before penalties.

David Short had netted the other two for the Bulls, while Wardley’s counters came from Aaron Coote, Ryan Heron and Chris Lowther.

Blyth Town Reserves were unable to secure a semi-final place after they lost 3-2 against West Jesmond.

Stu Davidson and a Gary Wilkinson brace saw Jesmond home, with Mick Adamson and James Arkless pushing them all the way with Town’s two goals.

Jesmond will now meet Walker Central Reserves in the last four after they beat FoWS Diggers 3-2 in a battle of the number tens.

Central’s Billy Thompson gave them a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes, but a brace from Diggers’ key man Matty Hayton hauled them level with 15 minutes to play.

The game swung from end to end thereafter but, just as extra-time seemed inevitable, Thompson completed his hat-trick to send Central through.

Winlaton The Queens Head completed a memorable double by seeing off Heaton Rifles 3-1 to claim the North East Amateur Challenge Shield at Dunston.

Having lost last year’s final 4-3 to Blyth Isabella while playing as Blaydon Huntsman, Queens set off like a train, taking the lead in the early minutes as Ryan Latimer’s header squirmed narrowly over Rob Brown’s line.

Thereafter the game was fairly even as Heaton matched their champion opponents.

However, a quick double salvo from Latimer again and Matty Fothergill moved Winlaton well clear.

Connor Dorell struck a fine consolation but it was too little too late for Rifles, who can nevertheless be immensely proud of their efforts this season.