It was back to action for local sides in the Northern Alliance League at the weekend with some teams playing their first games in almost two months following the wet weather and festive break.
Spittal Rovers kicked off 2020 in Division 2 with a comfortable 5-1 home win over Seaton Sluice. Rhys Bloomfield bagged a hat-trick and there were also goals from Kyle Jeffrey and Niall Jones as the Berwick side began the new year with a bang.
The win lifted Spittal to 11th in the table with 14 points from their ten games, putting them just two points behind Seaton Sluice.
On Saturday (January 11) Rovers are home to Wallington Quay Saints who are seventh on 18 points.
In the Development Division, North Sunderland had a 2-0 home win over Whitley Bay Sporting Club A. Both goals for the Seahouses side were scored by Adam Weightman. The win puts North Sunderland fourth in the table on 28 points from their 12 games. Next Saturday they face a difficult away game against Gosforth Bohemiens Reserves, who are just one place behind them on 25 points.
Lowick suffered a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Ashington Reserves.
After two draws in January, following a nine match losing streak, they were looking to get back to winning ways against their opponents, but kicking against the wind first half they struggled to make an impression, the visitors scoring the only goal of the game after 30 minutes.
They also struck the bar twice and had a strong claim for a penalty turned aside by the referee.
In the second half, with the wind, Lowick fared better, but again it was Ashington who created the better chances, hitting the woodwork for a third time when they struck a post.
Lowick, who sit 13th in the table on eight points, take on eighth placed Heaton Stannington A (21 points) at home this weekend.
Wooler, who are 11th in the Development Division, started the new year with a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Morpeth FC, who are third.
The Glendale side will now have a quick opportunity to avenge that defeat as the two sides are due to meet again at Wooler this Saturday.
Meanwhile, entries are now being accepted for the Alliance 2020-21 season.