Three sharing the lead

WARK, Murton and Penrith United are sharing the leadership in the First Division after five games.

Northern Alliance Division One

WARK, Murton and Penrith United are sharing the leadership in the First Division after five games. All three are unbeaten on 13 points.

Wark, just edging their rivals on goal difference, claimed pole position with a flattering 3-0 victory away to Percy Main.

Wark took the lead with half-time approaching.

Phillip Thompson superbly controlled a ball from the left, before rounding keeper Gareth Todd and calmly slotting home.

The lead was doubled on 65 minutes with the goal of the game – Thompson blasting his second home from 25 yards.

In the closing minutes Wark made it three.

Tom McAlindon’s cross from the right fell to Marc Nixon, who netted from close range.

Murton were 6-0 victors at Seaton Burn, where Stephen Turner helped himself to four of their goals.

The others were supplied by Martin Peace and Karl Garside.

But Penrith United lost their 100% record by drawing 1-1 at home to Wallington.

Wallington’s Craig Sutton opened the scoring in the 50th minute.

It took another seven minutes for Graham Goulding to equalise.

Rutherford occupy fourth spot with Westerhope in fifth.

Both sides collected maximum points last weekend.

Rutherford built up a three-goal lead at Gateshead through Peter Mulholland (2) and Andy Peacock.

However, they only beat Red Row Welfare 3-2 when Michael Freathy bagged a brace for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Westerhope were more convincing and beat Whitley Bay A 6-3 at Hillheads.

The Bay’s Craig Smith, Jamie Lyndon and Gavin Hattrick were on target as they searched for their first win.

But Westerhope left them disappointed as Billy Holden led the way with his hat-trick for the visitors. The other goals were shared by Kevin Rookes, Steve Rae and Mark Rutherford.

Newcastle East End Railway are in mid-table after beating last Saturday’s lowly visitors Haydon Bridge United 4-2.

Paul Blakey’s opener for the Railwaymen was wiped out by two replies for the Bridge by Thomas North. Jason Newell’s leveller got the East Enders back on terms.

Blakey’s second strike restored their lead and a fourth goal, put away by Michael Rush, secured the points.

Despite John Elliott, Danny Sherwood and Craig Ewart finding the net away to Stocksfield, Gosforth Bohemian Garnett still ended up 6-3 losers. They conceded goals to Wayne Stewart (2), Jack Wanless (2), Phil Murray and Graeme Hudspith.

Berwick United were beaten 3-2 at home by Chopwell Officials.


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