Red Row extend league lead to seven points
Saturday saw the North Northumberland Football League get most of its fixtures played, but it still lost three games to waterlogged pitches.
In division one, leaders Red Row Welfare extended their lead to seven points after two goals from Darren Smith and one from Sean Palmer saw them come out on top in a local derby against Amble St Cuthbert.
The teams were level, with one goal each, at half-time after Timmy Young had equalised for Amble, but the home side’s greater firepower in front of goal saw them pull away in the second period.
Alnwick Town Reserves, in second place, were victims of the weather when their game at Belford was called off on Saturday morning, and that allowed the chasing pack to narrow the gap.
A hard-fought 2-1 home victory for Lowick United over Rothbury saw them climb into third place after goals from Krissy Dixon and Shaun Toal saw them take a 2-0 lead, with Mitchell Ramsay pulling a goal back for Rothbury late in the game.
Tweedmouth Rangers’ pitch at Old Shielfield wasn’t playable, so it was agreed to switch their fixture to Bamburgh, where they ran out comfortable winners at 7-1.
Goals from Nathan Short and Sean Simpson midway through the first half saw them go in at half-time leading 2-0.
That lead was extended to four when Craig Colquhoun and Peter McAskill both netted before Jonny Johnston reduced the deficit for Bamburgh Castle.
That only spurred Tweedmouth into action again, and further goals from Lee Dodd, Kieran Cromarty and a second for Simpson saw them keep up their challenge at the top of division one.
The other game scheduled in division one saw Breakers Bedlington and North Sunderland both having unplayable pitches, so their game fell casualty of bad weather.
In division two, Embleton Winston Rovers maintained their recent good run with a 5-0 derby victory over local rivals Craster Rovers.
The highlights of a one-sided game were a Johnny Colley hat-trick and a 35-yard screamer from Phil Gray.
Embleton’s final goal came courtesy of Tom Davidson.
Tweedmouth Harrow also kept up a recent good run at Billendean.
They ran out comfortable winners 5-1 against local rivals Highfields United.
Andy Burgon opened the scoring from the penalty spot, and further goals from Martin Tait and Jonny Blythe saw the Harrow go in at the break leading 3-0.
A great finish from over 30 yards out from Martin Tait early in the second period saw their lead extended to four before a lapse in the home defence enabled Grant Sharp to pull a goal back for Highfields.
The scoring was completed when Josh McLeod was on hand to knock in a rebound from a Burgon free-kick late in the game to claim a rare goal for the full-back.
Spittal Rovers’ game against Ashington Town Central was switched to Ashington early in the week after it was decided the pitch at the sports centre wouldn’t be playable. Unfortunately, heavy rain during Friday night and Saturday morning saw the pitch at Ashington also become unplayable, so that fixture was called off too.
The last fixture of the day saw Springhill travel to Ashington to play West End, formerly Forrester’s, Bedlington, in the quarter-finals of the Robson Cup.
The match was a very close contest, with Ashington progressing to the semi-finals after a 2-1 extra-time victory. Chris Jenkins netted for Springhill.