Great Scotts set Uni on way to win

Sunday Sun - - Football -

BRACES from Lee and Chris Scott set the lead­ers New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity on their way to a 7-1 win at home to lowly North Shields Ath­letic yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Their im­pres­sive vic­tory saw them open up a 14-point gap be­tween them­selves and the chas­ing pack.

At one stage the sides were level at one each when Marcelinho Ju­nior equalised for Ath­letic be­fore the Stu­dents ran riot, the Scotts be­ing joined on the score­sheet by Ben McCarthy, Keith Dou­glas, and a late ef­fort from sub­sti­tute, and top scorer, Niza Chilu­fya, whose goal moved him level with Mal­colm Morien in the scor­ing stakes.

New­cas­tle Chem­fica stunned high-fly­ing visi­tors Gateshead Ruther­ford when in­flict­ing a 6-1 score on them. Steve McLaugh­lin, Fer­gus Lynch and Sam Grieve­son hit braces, while Dil­lon Howarth replied late on.

Al­nwick won a mud-strewn game 2-0 at Percy Main as Bren­dan Balm­bra and Brad McClel­land scored, and in the other Premier Di­vi­sion game, Walling­ton also had fun in front of goal, de­feat­ing Whit­ley Bay A 5-0 with goals from Ai­dan Arm­strong, Jake Wal­ton, Si­mon Broatch, Si­mon Far­rier and Bradley Richard­son.

The only cup clash to go ahead saw Gateshead A lose to Sun­der­land West End 3-2 in the Durham Tro­phy with the League Cup and Bill Gard­ner Cup ties await­ing to be re­ar­ranged.

Only three games beat the weather in the First Di­vi­sion with Bedling­ton com­ing from be­hind to win 3-1 away to Seaton Burn. The hosts led through Chris Carr be­fore Daniel Robin­son, Joseph Thomp­son and Chris Con­way sealed the win.

A quick-fire sec­ond-half brace from Liam Shan­ley, fol­low­ing up Andy Mur­ray’s first-half opener, set Blyth Spar­tans Re­serves up for a 3-1 win against Wallsend Boys Club, Scott Mad­di­son re­ply­ing whilst a Sam Dibb-Fuller hat-trick fea­tured in Prud­hoe Youth Club’s 4-2 win at Hebburn U23s.

Whit­ley Sport­ing Club opened a two-point gap atop of the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion as they de­feated visi­tors Sto­b­swood 5-2 and Roth­bury were held to a 1-1 draw against Elling­ton; Whit­burn main­tained their pres­sure on the top two when they edged past vis­it­ing Jes­mond 3-2 cour­tesy of a brace from War­ren in the clos­ing stages.

Both Cram­ling­ton sides picked up home wins. High-fly­ing United, with braces from John Wil­son and Luke Tay­lor, de­feated Spit­tal Rovers 4-2 and Ben Se­nior helped him­self to a hat-trick for Town as they edged past Seaton Sluice 4-3.

PETER MANN

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