Braving gusty winds and a heavy second-half rain-shower, a crowd of 63 helped raise £343.47 for Gosforth Bohemians during last night’s final home game of the season. The club need to find £15,000 to replace their clubhouse boiler, which was installed shortly after they began playing at Benson Park in 1951. “Due to the hard work and generosity of our club members and supporters, we’re well on the way to raising the necessary funds,” chairman Patrick William-Powlett wrote in the match programme.
On the pitch, it was a familiar story for the division’s second lowest scorers. In a wind-assisted first half they put the ball almost everywhere but the goal, while Whitley Bay A’s first shot on target sailed unerringly into the top corner of the net. The vistors, promoted to the Northern Alliance Premier Division with seventy-eight goals and just one defeat all season, were the better side for the remainder of the game, though the 5-0 scoreline was a harsh reflection on a hard-working Bohemians side. Gosforth end the season in ninth, but with hopes of a much better finish next year if they can unearth another forward in the mould of Andy Morrell or Harry Tulip, whose 17 goals helped Ponteland United to the Premier Division title.
In the Premier Division, Seaton Delaval’s one goal margin of victory at Shankhouse was fourteen less than they needed to overhaul Harraby Catholic Club, who held on to third place behind champions Ponteland and promoted Alnwick Town. The final game of the Northern Football Alliance season is Wednesday’s League Cup final between Ashington Colliers and Heaton Stannington. Kick off at Amberley Park is at 7 o’clock.