WEST Allotment Celtic capped a tremendous run-in to the end of the season when they lifted the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup with a fully-deserved 3-1 win over Northallerton Town in yesterday’s final at Billingham Synthonia.
Following a goalless first half, Celtic went ahead on 49 minutes as Shaun Reid converted a penalty awarded after he had been brought down.
James Bowman headed in the equaliser after 69 minutes, but within four minutes Allotment were in front again with a David Dormand header.
Celtic then went down to 10 men as Stephen Little was shown a second yellow card.
However, when Northallerton threw everyone forward in a desperate search of an equaliser they left the door open for Dormand to notch the third goal a minute from time.
It was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ when FA Carlsberg Vase winners Spennymoor Town met Shildon in yesterday’s Ebac Northern League First Division game at Dean Street.
Spennymoor were already confirmed as runners-up to champions Darlington 1883, while Shildon had little to play for other than pride.
Shildon went ahead after half-an-hour when a shot by Jamie Owens from a tight angle hit the post and rebounded to Sam Garvie, who fired into an empty net.
Garvie and Owens had chances to increase the lead before Moors equalised after an hour.
A hesitant home defence conceded the ball to Craig Ruddy, who drove hard into the bottom corner of the net.
Only two excellent saves by Shildon goalkeeper Jake Johnson kept the scores level, and just before the end Spennymoor’s Chris Mason rattled the crossbar.
Bedlington Terriers went down 2-1 against Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park.
Jamie Harwood headed in a Chris Bell corner after only five minutes, but the Terriers quickly levelled with Phil Bannister firing home after a Robert Eastway shot had been blocked.
Ashley Balfour and Andy Johnson went close for Bishops before Harwood clinched victory.
Consett were always chasing the game after conceding twice in the opening 35 minutes to Marske United at Belle Vue Park.
The Seasiders went ahead in the 25th minute when Carl Charlton took a short corner and the move was completed with a near-post header by Adam Wheatley.
Charlton was also involved in Marske’s second goal, his defence-splitting pass giving John Alexander the chance to round goalkeeper Chris Elliot and fire into an empty net.
Consett were unable to make a break-through until the second minute of added time when a free-kick from Ian Davison was deflected into his own net by Leon Carling.
Prudhoe Town won the Tyne and Wear LGV Monkwearmouth Charity Cup when they came from behind to defeat Darlington Cleveland Bridge 2-1 at Kimberley Park.
Neville Fuller struck on 12 minutes with a clinical close-range effort and, following Lee Best’s lob past goalkeeper Mark Briggs after 55 minutes, Matthew Soulsby rifled the winner 15 minutes from time.