Northern Alliance League

THE players were drenched in a champagne spray as Heaton Stannington and Hexham celebrated lifting their championship silverware.

THE players were drenched in a champagne spray as Heaton Stannington and Hexham celebrated lifting their championship silverware.

Derek Thompson’s black-and-whites claimed their first title as early goals from Gary Dixon, who tucked away a penalty, and a back-post header from Ian Irvine put them in control at Shankhouse.

Dean Deagle pulled one back with a cool lob but Ben Telford tapped in a third.

David Dormand steered in a second for Shankhouse towards the end but there was no stopping the Grounsell park side from lifting the impressive Alliance trophy.

Division Two champions Hexham lifted their first silverware since Hexham Town and Hearts were the successful sides in Tynedale during the 1940s.

Gavin Cox’s looping header gave them the lead at Wallsend Boys Club, and when Ali Stobbs grabbed a second, it eased the pressure. Orin Parkinson lashed in the third from the penalty spot with two minutes to go to spark the party.

Amble United completed an amazing season by lifting their third trophy. The Seasiders had already taken the Division One crown and won the Combination Cup before facing Newcastle University in the Subsidiary Cup final. They trailed to a Rikki Hume own goal before Sean Taylor levelled. In extra time Ross Gair, Josh Hay and Adam Shanks netted for United, with Ed Savitt notching a reply.

There were two stunning strikes at Harraby as the Cumbrians cemented a top-four finish. Ponteland United substitute Andy Mogwo received the ball on the halfway line and beat two men before drilling into the roof of the net.

That made it 2-1 after Harraby’s Dan Balmer had cancelled out a Gavin Wood penalty for the relegated visitors. Balmer was on target again and he was joined by Peter Ferris and Matthew Bell before Darren Addison unleashed a 35-yard pile-driver in the final minute.

Chris Fairless grabbed a double, including a late penalty, to give Stocksfield a point against Whitley Bay A.

Sandy Tordoff got the other while Ian Lee (2) and a Matthew Stables own goal made up the Seahorses’ tally.

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