Sporting will help decide title destination

KILLINGWORTH Sporting can’t win the Northern Alliance premier division title – but after beating contenders Carlisle City and with Heaton Stannington still to play, they have a big say in who does.

The clubs switched the fixture to Cumbria to beat the sodden pitches in the north east and when Ricky James fired in a superb dipping volley to give the Sky Blues an early lead, it looked like they would keep up the pressure at the top.

But Michael Bowman got on the end of a good team move to steer in a cross that levelled things up after the break and City had their heads in their hands when Peter Mulholland capitalised on a defensive blunder to hand Sporting the advantage.

The turnaround was completed when Bowman lobbed in the third.

It’s also tight at the bottom and Walker Central earned some breathing space as Paul Collinson struck four times at Seaton Delaval.

His first half double saw Central in control and although Trevor Benjamin pulled one back with a spectacular overhead kick, Collinson reacted quickest to knock in two more from close range at the other end.

Benjamin added a second before James Walker fired number five for the joyful visitors with a Paul Katz late strike merely a consolation.

Amble United are division one Champions and they lifted the silverware after a storming 4-1 win over Newcastle Uni.

Josh Hay and Adam Shanks both fired doubles, with an Ed Savitt reply sandwiched between, as the unbeaten Seasiders deservedly popped the champagne.

Jorge Bollardo scored a hat-trick for Forest Hall as they saw off Morpeth Sporting and a late Rob Watson penalty gave Cullercoats three points at Heddon.

Red House Farm have been sensational in storming to the top of division two – but with the season’s end fast approaching, they are starting to wobble.

They went down 2-0 at Alstonn.

Andrew Shaw’s double gave Wideopen the points against Cramlington United and strikes from Kane Chirnside, Ryan Ferrier and Gareth Pugh saw Willington Quay saints to victory against Swalwell. Tony King scored for the visitors.