With the positions at the top and bottom of the Northern League already decided, today’s big game in the Northern Football Alliance saw Seaton Delaval Amateurs travel to promotion-chasing Alnwick Town, whose shock weekend defeat at Walker Central had left them four points adrift of leaders Ponteland United with two games in hand. A first-half goal from Craig Cook was enough to give the visitors swift revenge for their recent 2-1 home defeat and leave Ponteland on the brink of their first ever Premier Division title. Alnwick travel to Heaton Stannington and Percy Main in their next two fixtures, while Ponteland’s game at Harraby Catholic Club on Saturday afternoon could conceivably see them clinch the championship if the black and whites slip up.
In the Wearside League, Annfield Plain ran out easy 2-0 winners at home to Cleator Moor Celtic, though all of the attention was on the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup, Ryhope Colliery Welfare defeating Easington Colliery 3-2 after extra time to leave themselves just four league games and a cup final away from an unprecedented clean sweep of all four Wearside League honours.
Spennymoor Town, with the Northern League title in the bag and the League Cup still to come, won 1-0 away at Bedlington Terriers and ended the season on 103 points. Whitley Bay, 3-0 winners at Newcastle Benfield, finished third beind Consett on goal difference and stay in the League for one more season at least. Tomorrow’s final game of the 2010-11 season sees Dunston UTS travel to South Shields.