AT Alnwick on the opening day of the season Alnwick Town hammered Peterlee Town 4-0 but when Peterlee revisited St James’s Park for a quarter-final of the Bosch Power Tools Challenge Cup it was a different story.
This time Peterlee turned the tables to emerge as 3-0 victors thanks to a goal in each half for Karl Lilley and a third put away by Derek Bradley. And the winners will be at home to Carlisle City in the forthcoming semi-finals.
Premier Division leaders Heddon lost 3-1 at Gillford Park. John Pearson opened the scoring for the league leaders but after the interval Gillford replied through Lee Otway (penalty), Mike Riding and Tom Brocklebank.
Shankhouse gave themselves some hope of getting away from the basement with an impressive 4-2 victory away to Ashington Colliers. Shankhouse fell behind twice to goals by Steve Darling and Patrice Butters. But two replies from Carl Moir got the visitors back on terms and further goals were added by Jamie Lyndon and Graeme Cole. Heaton Stannington are still unbeaten at home after beating lowly Newcastle University 4-3 at Grounsell Park. Gary Yates’ hat-trick and John Scott sent Heaton on their way with Fred Blunt (2) and Joe Robertson replying.
Four previous home defeats on the trot made Ponteland United’s 3-1 success against Cramlington Town a welcome change. Murton retained their unbeaten record but were restricted to a 2-2 draw by third-placed visitors Rutherford.