STRIKER Harry Tulip must have dreamed of moments like this when he signed for Ponteland last summer.
Snapped up from First Division Gosforth Bohemians, the pacy frontman was keen to make an impression in the top flight. However, to score the winning goal which clinched the title just three minutes from time in the last game of the season?
That would surely have been written off as Roy of the Rovers stuff.
However, as disappointed runners-up Alnwick Town will tell you, anything is possible in football. David Atkinson drilled in the opener for Blyth Town at Callerton Lane after just two minutes and Pont must have feared the worst when that lead was extended by Gary Day in the 20th minute.
However, when the Blyth goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic full-stretch save to keep out a Scott Fenwick header and the loose ball fell kindly for Andrew Davidson to smash it home, they may have felt that their luck was changing.
When Davidson levelled from the penalty spot after Richard Kent had been sent tumbling in the box, United believed. Tulip nipped on to the end of a cross at the near post to tuck away the winner in the 87th minute.
Alnwick’s hopes went up in smoke as they went down 2-1 at home to Heaton Stannington. Lawrence McKenna and Ian Irvine opened up a two-goal advantage for the visitors and, although Stephen Hogg pulled one back late on, Town lost out by a point.
The goals were flying in at Percy Main Amateurs and Harraby CC.
The Villagers’ Ashley Smyth hit a hat-trick as they thumped Gateshead Rutherford 9-0 with Malcolm Morien (2), Luke Coffait, John Amos, Luke Shadforth and Michael Bowman all getting a piece of the action, while Steve Archibald hit four for the Cumbrians in an 8-1 drubbing of Walker Central.
Giuseppe Amato, Jordan Cowley, Alan Casey and an own goal completed the tally, with Grant Kershaw scoring the consolation.
Steven Grey, Nick Gray and Steven Anderson scored for Seaton Delaval in a 3-2 success at Wark , with Tony Lancaster and Steven Shiel replying w while Ashington Colliers came from behind to beat Carlisle City 2-1.