University’s masterclass in scoring
NEWCASTLE University extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 7-0 home rout of Seaton Delaval.
Braces from Keith Douglas and Niza Chilufya featured in a devastating first-half display which had the Students five up at the break, Olly Walden adding to the hosts’ misery before late second-half efforts from Lefteris Alambritis and Lee Scott sealed the win and opened up an 11-point gap on the rest.
Ponteland were held to a goalless draw at home to North Shields Athletic while Newcastle Blue Star went joint-second with a 2-0 home win over Alnwick Town, Richard Coulson and Martin Soulsby with the goals.
A double from Malcolm Morien saw AFC Killingworth defeat visitors Wallington 3-1 while Gateshead Rutherford won by the same score against FC United of Newcastle, the hosts netting through Antony Blackburn, Shaun Todhunter, and Niki Langston, Dillon Swan with an early opener for the visitors.
Another goalless draw occurred at Percy Main as they were held by AFC New Fordley, while both Newcastle Chemfica and Shankhouse claimed 3-2 home wins over Whitley Bay A and Gateshead A respectively.
In the First Division, a lone strike from Sam Watts saw Blyth Town claim all the points away to Wallsend Boys Club. Bedlington defeated Wallsend Community 2-1 with goals from Adam Ord and Tommy Wilkinson, and Cullercoats remain third despite losing 1-0 at Felling Magpies, Adam Byron with their goal.
Andy Murray scored three times and Karl Lazzari twice as Blyth Spartans Reserves won 6-2 at Forest Hall.
Hebburn U23s edged visitors Seaton Burn 4-3.
Winlaton and Hexham both picked up wins at Gosforth Bohemians (2-1) and Red Row Welfare (3-1) respectively.
Burradon put up a brave fight before falling 5-4 to leaders Whitley Sporting Club.
A Daniel Thompson hat-trick helped Rothbury on their way to a 5-1 win at Seghill.
Ellington disposed of Jesmond 4-1, Liam Thompson getting two.
Cramlington United hit six without reply at Stobswood Welfare.
Redheugh, for whom Aidan Rutledge scored three, won 6-1 at Cramlington Town, while there was also wins for Spittal, Coundon and Whitburn.