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Shaun Sager hit a hat-trick as Grainger Park beat the weather by switching their Division Two match against Newcastle Benfield Reserves to the 3G surface at Blakelaw

Non-league football action
Non-league football action

Shaun Sager hit a hat-trick as Grainger Park beat the weather by switching their Division Two match against Newcastle Benfield Reserves to the 3G surface at Blakelaw.

With more and more fixtures being wiped out by the wet conditions it seems certain a feature of the future of local football throughout the winter months will be a reliance on artificial surfaces.

Across the border, nine Scottish lower -league sides play on synthetic grass, so there is clearly a need for more pitches this side of the Cheviots.

Ben Jefferson also nabbed a hat-trick for the visitors and Andrew McBride notched the other as they led twice.

However, Liam Anderson struck twice and Nathan Lowdon grabbed the other as the Westenders fought back to win it in the last ten minutes.

Wooler got the go-ahead for their Division One game on the real green stuff against Newcastle Uni and took a valuable point, evin Bell netting a double. Dan Clements struck twice in reply for the Students, with both clubs handily placed for a promotion push.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock in the Les Todd Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl quarter final between Whitley Bay A and Wallington as high winds and a wet pitch marred the game as a spectacle.

There was, however, a dramatic penalty shoot-out, Bay keeper Michael Hammond saving twice to put the Seahorses into the last four.

Goals from Dean Laycock and Steve McLaughlin put Newcastle Chemfica (Independent) into the semi-finals of the Northumberland FA Minor Cup against a very below-par Ponteland United.

Chris Marshall hit a treble in High Howdon’s Friday night Division Two victory at West Allotment Celtic A. Luke Molloy claimed the other, with Shaun Boyle replying.

JON TAIT

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