Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Stroll in the Park for Leaders Gillford; Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Stroll in the Park for Leaders Gillford; Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division

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GILLFORD Park extended their lead at the top of the table to three points - but the unbeaten Cumbrians had to work for their win against Ponteland United.

The issue was only settled by a secondhalf Gillford penalty put away by Stephen Skinner.

In a game of few chances, it was a case of one penalty scored and one missed and Gillford had a good early opportunity.

Skinner played in Chris Grainger, but Ponteland goalkeeper Havelock was out quickly to smother the striker's shot.

Both teams were playing controlled football in the first period and Ponteland youngster James Hall got round the back of Gillford's defence from Kevin McGorie's pass - but his low cross just evaded the outstretched foot of Liam McIvor.

The first half ended goalless, but Ponteland then had a chance to score.

Andrew Davidson's volley hit the arm of a defender and the referee pointed to the spot.

Unhappily for United, home keeper Twentyman thwarted McIvor by diving to his right to palm the ball clear.

On the hour the impressive Stephen Skinner played an enticing ball down the channel to Stuart Moffat.

He fell over the outstretched leg of Craig Daglish and Skinner made no mistake from the spot, driving hard and low to Havelock's left.

Pont continued to work, but Gillford began to take over in midfield and United were unable to find an equaliser.

Heaton Stannington and Harraby Catholic Club are sharing second spot behind Gillford Park.

Heaton were restricted to a 2-2 draw by visitors Heddon after two by Alan Summers put the home side clear. Liam Heenan got Heddon off the mark and Andrew Shaw got the equaliser - but Heddon still look for their first league success.

Newcastle University were Harraby's hosts as the students made a belated start to their campaign.

The visitors proved just too strong and clinched a 4-2 victory with efforts by Lee Otway (2), Jordan Coulthard and Mike Swift. …

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