Welcome return to play
Local footballers made a welcome return to action at the weekend following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.
Clubs in the North Northumberland League returned to competitive action, whilst those in the Northern Alliance, whose league season has been voided, restarted with a series of in-house cup competitions, as well as the NFA Minor Cup.
But for a number of other sides, including those in the National League, Northern Premier League and Northern League it was a case of as you were as their organising bodies had already declared play would be suspended until the start of the 2021-22 campaign. They are awaiting government clarification on how and when supporters will be allowed to attend fixtures.
In the Alliance, it was a red letter day in Berwick when the first ever competitive fixture was played on the new all-weather surface at the sports centre.
Spittal Rovers booked the facility for their home game against Whitley Bay Sporting Club A in the NFA Minor Cup, when four goals from Paul Wood helped the Seasiders to a 7-2 victory.
Their other goals came from Bloomfield, with a penalty, Grey and Paplavskis.
A club spokesman said: “It is a superb facility and a welcome addition to the football community in Berwick, as it can be used for training as well as playing competitive fixtures."
Spittal were so impressed with the pitch they booked it again for another match last night (Wednesday) when they took on Newcastle University A in the Amateur Cup group stages.
Also in the Northern Alliance, North Sunderland were in action at home to Morpeth FC, a keenly contested fixture which the visitors won 0-1, with the only goal coming in the first half.
Meanwhile, in the North Northumberland League, Belford were in action at home against Ellington, and they won 3-1 with goals from Kevin France, Jack Young and Aaron Hope.
Fixtures for local sides this Saturday (April 10) are:
Northern Alliance Amateur Cup – Newcastle East End v Spittal Rovers.
Cowey Cup – North Sunderland v Newbiggin Central.
Challenge Cup – Alnwick Town v Seaton Delaval.