Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Students Aiming High

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Students Aiming High

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Team Northumbria finished as runners-up to West Allotment last season and would love to go one better this time round.

And it may not be too long before they are challenging the current group of pace-setters in the Premier Division.

Adopting West Allotment's mantle of representing Northumberland FA in the Northern Counties Senior Championship, the students head into Lancashire this weekend but took time out to add another three points to their league coffers.

Still maintaining a 100% record at their Bullocksteads base, the Northumbrians beat Northbank 3-0. Mattie Pickover opened their account three minutes before the break and the lead was doubled midway through the second half by Chris Toye. Paul Miles completed the scoring in the 85th minute.

Ryton lead the charge in the Premier Division, however. They are yet to be beaten but only drew 2-2 with Harraby Catholic Club at Kingsley Park. Victory should have been assured after Robbie Dale weighed in with a first half brace, but the Cumbrians were rewarded for their persistence after the break by replies from Mike Brown and Kyle Armstrong.

Ryton have lost strikers John Redhead and Dave Carmichael to Winlaton Hallgarth, who were beaten 3-0 at Percy Main. Richie May ended an hour of stalemate and there were further strikes by Rob Herman and Chris Hunt.

Percy Main now share second spot with Shankhouse, who beat Carlisle City 4-3. They almost let things slip after leading 3-0 at the interval, thanks to strikes by Graeme Craggs (2) and Iain Cavanagh. City hit back through Craig Thompson, Craig Wilson and Rob Anderton, but the hosts' fourth goal by Ian Ingram proved to be a killer.

Manager Jarrod Suddick, attempting to steer Ponteland United away from the basement, was encouraged by a 4-2 win over Murton.

Murton, who had beaten Percy Main and taken a point out of Winlaton in their two previous outings, were fired into the lead by Graham Best.

Two quick strikes by Craig Brown put Ponteland in front and Best got Murton back on terms again, but further strikes by Andy Lee and Gavin Wood settled the issue. …

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