Spennymoor Town win final in emphatic fashion

SPENNYMOOR Town lifted the Durham Challenge Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves at the Hetton Centre yesterday.

SPENNYMOOR Town lifted the Durham Challenge Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves at the Hetton Centre yesterday.

The STL Northern League side made a dream start when Adam Johnston headed past goalkeeper Tim Deasy following excellent play on the wing by Anthony Peacock and Daniel Moore.

The Tynesiders conceded again on the stroke of half time. A quickly-taken free-kick by Keith Graydon found Gavin Cogden who went around two defenders before firing past Deasy.

It was just about all over for Gateshead on 62 minutes. Peacock, Craig Ruddy and Stephen Capper combined to set up Moore and he headed into the net from six yards.

In the STL Northern League First Division, Newcastle Benfield and Whitley Bay shared the points at Sam Smiths ground. Good pressure by Bay midfielders opened up the chance for Paul Chow who buried a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

John Alexander levelled midway through the second half and four minutes later the Seahorses had Callum Anderson sent off.

Norton and Stockton Ancients edged the Teesside derby at Billingham Synthonia. Matthew Garbutt floated a left-foot shot past Synners’ goalkeeper Josh Moody in the seventh minute and at the other end, James Provett denied Matt Crossan.

Provett then kept out a Chay Liddle penalty with his legs and despite enjoying a lot of second-half possession, Synners went further behind as Craig Bishop was left with a simple tap-in. In stoppage time, Nathan Jameson claimed a consolation goal for Synners.

In Division Two West Allotment Celtic leap-frogged North Shields into seventh place with a 2-0 victory over the Robins at Whitley Park. Liam McIvor delivered a good cross and Shaun Reid headed past goalkeeper Shaun McCaffrey from 10 yards in the 52nd minute.

It was not until stoppage time, however, that Celtic made sure of the points as Gary Day pounced following a corner.

MALCOLM PRATT

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