Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Walker Stroll to Victory; Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League Prem Division

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Walker Stroll to Victory; Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League Prem Division

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THREE defeats on the trot have left Ponteland United propping up the early Premier Division table and, despite having home advantage, they got no change out of defending champions Walker Central.

The Central, now managed by Michael Jeffels and aiming for a third successive title, are unbeaten in their three starts so far and a second-half blitz earned them a 6-1 verdict at the Leisure Centre Ground.

After 10 minutes Ponteland took the lead when Liam McIvor's curling cross picked out Billy Holden, who headed into the far top corner.

The early goal for their hosts only served to inspire Walker, with Paul and Ian Mills and David Dormand always looking dangerous.

An equaliser was on the cards and it arrived when a short corner was played in to Ian Mills and his cross cum shot looped into the net at the back post.

It was still all square at half-time but within 10 minutes of the restart the Central were in front as Dormand chased a long clearance before volleying past keeper Harris-Green.

Ponteland's Brown and Holden wasted two scoring chances and their misses proved costly later on. Walker clicked into top gear to bang in another four second-half goals.

The scorers were Ben Taylor, John Robson and substitute Steve Forster, who bagged himself a brace inside the last seven minutes. Two points clear at the head of the early table, Carlisle City are the only side boasting a 100% record but were close to losing it against Heddon at Bullocksteads.

Their hosts seemed to have earned their third draw on the trot, but City snatched a 1-0 win thanks to Scott Priest's goal in the dying seconds.

Wark are occupying third spot, just ahead of newly-promoted Killingworth Sporting on goal difference, and their impressive start continued with a 3-1 win at Murton. Lee Jarvis gave Murton an early lead but Wark recovered with replies from Tony Lancaster (2) and Marc Nixon (penalty). …

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