Northern Football Alliance ( Jon Tait )

Northern Football Alliance Round Up

Saturday 8th August 2015

Blyth Town and Carlisle City are both looking to make the move up the pyramid come the end of the season and while Town were made to sweat for their opening day victory against Whickham Sporting as they were frustrated by the woodwork on five separate occasions before finally finding a late winner thanks to Michael Fenwick, the Cumbrians were left to pick over the pieces in the dressing room after Matty Hayton struck twice in Walker Central’s win at their new Gillford Park home.

Rutherford were looking over their shoulders for much of last season but rocketed to the top of the Newcastle Building Society Premier Division with five goals against Northbank.

Ross Nicholson led the way with a brace and youngster Michael Kelly’s debut will live long in the memory after he came off the bench and beat the keeper.

While Kelly was enjoying the buzz of netting his first, Red House Farm’s much-travelled veteran targetman Alex Benjamin showed he’s lost none of his desire with a hat-trick at Shankhouse.

Promoted AFC Newbiggin took life in the top flight in their stride with goals from Ross Muter and Jonathon McEnaney earning them the points at Killingworth Town while Percy Main came from 2-0 down to lead at North Shields Athletic in a breathless first half before Sean Millington made the game all square.

Jack Foalle was another player who netted twice in Seaton Delaval’s victory over a Wallington side that were reduced to ten men and although Craig Webb shot Ashington Colliers ahead in the first minute with the opening goal of the campaign, Whitley Bay A went up the other end and netted three before Adam Bains reduced the arrears.

Billy Holden and Zac Bewley struck twice each as Ponteland United raced to the top of the Bay Plastics First Division with a seven goal blitz against Wallsend Boys Club and Cullercoats’ Daniel Olusoga bagged a brace in their 5-1 success over Hebburn Reyrolle.

A late Stephen Thompson winner for Lindisfarne Custom Planet consigned Shilbottle CW to defeat and Carl Thomas’ strike proved decisive for New Fordley at Newcastle Chemfica.

Victor Jeffers grabbed a late third for Cramlington Town to seal the points at Bohemians and Blyth Isabella were four up and coasting against Longbenton before the Bulls made them sweat with three late replies to make a game of it while Felling Mags had James Fenwick and Marc Conroy on the scoresheet in their victory over Hexham.

Swalwell’s eight –goal display at Forest Hall was the highest scoring encounter of the day with Brian Allen’s hat-trick the highlight while Gateshead A’s Jack Elliott netted a double in their 6-1 opener in the Bluefin Sports Insurance Second Division.

Kevin Bell shot Alnmouth United ahead early on at Cramlington United, who turned the game on it’s head before late goals from Ryan Taylor and Andrew Murray won it for the Seasiders.

Wallsend Labour also left it late before goals from Declan King and Dean Blacklock gave them a win at unlucky Grainger Park and Hazlerigg Victory cruised to a 4-1 opening day success over Whitburn Athletic as Dean Gallagher, Kurt Blacklock, Mitchell Ramsey and Ross Kirkwood fired home.

Second half goals from Connor Towes and Nicky Hara marked Seaton Burn’s success against Willington Quay Saints and Wideopen’s Callum Rumney, Martin Summersett and Ross Dickinson were all first half hit-men at West Allotment Celtic A.

Please see Tuesday’s Evening Chronicle Grassroots Sport for a full and comprehensive round up of all the Northern Alliance action.

Jon Tait 565 words Ends

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