An hour or so before Wimbledon made it back into the Football League, Ryhope Colliery Welfare’s finest team in forty years won their fourth Wearside League trophy of the season against a hard working Willington side at Hall Lane Road. Goalless after extra time, Ryhope scored four of their penalty kicks to the home side’s two to complete only the third clean sweep in Wearside League history.
There was more late drama elsewhere, Ponteland United lifting their first Northern Football Alliance title after Alnwick Town’s time in the league ended with a 2-1 home defeat by Heaton Stannington. Ponteland recovered from two goals down in their home game with Blyth Town to win 3-2 with a late, late goal from top-scorer Harry Tulip. Nine-time champions Alnwick now join Wearside League runners-up Easington Colliery – who surprisingly parted company with manager Andy Colledge on Thursday – in next season’s Northern League Division Two.
The final three Northern Alliance fixtures kick off at 6.30pm on Monday evening, with Gosforth Bohemians, Hebburn Reyrolle and Shankhouse all at home. The season ends on Wednesday when Ashington Colliers play Heaton Stannington in the George Dobbins League Cup final at Killingworth’s Amberley Park (NE12 6SE).