Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

On Top of the House

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

On Top of the House

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Percy Main turned the tables on Shankhouse and a slip-up by their nearest rivals allowed the Villagers to nudge them out of top spot in the Premier Division.

Erratic Walker Central did Main a huge favour by taking three points out of Shankhouse at Dudley, where they emerged as 1-0 victors.

Their hosts were trying to clock up their fifth league win on the trot but instead went down to John Hegarty's vital goal for the visitors.

Meanwhile, in a keenly contested game between two of the Premier Division's top sides at Purvis Park, Percy Main completed a league double at Carlisle City's expense. Early play was fairly even but the Villagers took the lead after 20 minutes when Robbie Livermore's perfect cross was powerfully headed home by Rob Herman.

Fifteen minutes later Paul Wilary beat the offside trap and went round Carlisle keeper Stephen Bellas, only for visiting defender Tom Foster to make a superb goal-line clearance. His save allowed the Cumbrians to draw level late in the first half when Scott Priest's right wing corner was nodded down into the net by Barry Pilkington.

There were signs of frayed tempers in the second half and Carlisle's Guiseppe Amato received the red card for swearing at the referee's assistant.

Carlisle suffered another blow when Percy Main's lead was restored in the 74th minute. Livermore stormed into the box to score with a powerful drive which beat Bellas and went in via the upright.

The points were doubly secured for Main when Herman put Paul Wilary through for their third goal and a spot kick put away by City's Graeme Lupton came too late to offer the visitors a life-line.

Success in cup competitions is still retarding West Allotment Celtic's title challenge but, in a brief return to league duty, they were comfortable 3-0 winners at Eppleton.

Alex Benjamin netted from a tight angle to open the scoring just before the interval and on the hour Celtic's lead was doubled.

Lee McAndrew's shot was parried by home keeper Maskell and Andy Bowman scored from close range. Bowman claimed his second from Benjamin's low cross to complete the scoring.

Allotment are occupying third spot and their games in hand will worry the current pace-setters. But they have another diversion this weekend when their FA Vase adventures continue with a third round trip to Warrington.

Back in 1987, St Helens Town beat Warrington 3-2 in the FA Vase at Wembley. Now, 17 years later, Northern Alliance flag-bearers West Allotment Celtic have become involved with these two clubs in the national competition.

Celtic have already ended the hopes of St Helens and this Saturday Terry Mitchell's side could account for the other 1987 finalists.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Newcastle University had their guns spiked by Winlaton Hallgarth at Cochrane Park, where the outcome was a goalless draw, and Ponteland United are still waiting for the first away win after going down 3-1 at Chopwell. …

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