Match of the Round
West Wallsend 3-2 Thornton
West Wallsend finished their season on a high with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Thornton on Sunday.
Thornton took a 2-0 lead at Johnston Park before Wesley Pryce pulled a goal back for the hosts on the stroke of half-time with a low drive.
The match appeared to be creeping away from West Wallsend in the second half before Pryce popped up to nod home his second from a Josh Carroll cross four minutes before full-time.
But the Bluebells were not finished and found an injury-time winner, with second half substitute Liam Simpson’s brave header securing the three points.
It was Simpson’s first goal in the top grade, with Thornton left to rue what might have been after leading for most of the match.
The win saw the Bluebells climb to sixth, one position and three points outside the finals places.
The defeat condemned Thornton to a 10th-placed finish, though the Redbacks finished a comfortable six points above Wallsend FC at the foot of the table.
Both sides will now enjoy a shorter break than normal before returning to start preparations for the 2021 campaign.
South Cardiff 0-1 New Lambton
New Lambton were crowned NEWFM Northern League One premiers with a 1-0 victory over South Cardiff.
The Eagles travelled to a warm Ulinga Oval on Sunday with a simple equation, with a win over the struggling Gunners enough to guarantee them the title.
The match was scoreless at half-time with South Cardiff having plenty to play for in front of the club’s old boys.
With results elsewhere going against them, the pressure was on New Lambton with a defeat enough to have seen them slip from the summit.
But the Eagles found a second half winner and held on to secure a historic premiership.
The win saw New Lambton finish two points clear at the top of the table, with the Eagles to now enjoy a week off before returning to action in the major semi-final on the weekend of 17-18 October.
Wallsend FC 0-5 Singleton
Singleton secured a home qualifying final with a 5-0 thrashing of Wallsend FC at The Gardens.
Strikers fullback Brad Cox opened the scoring before Jake Barner doubled the advantage.
Tristan Muir added a third from a corner before Joel Barner got on the scoresheet to give Singleton a 4-0 lead at half-time.
Singleton were still in with a shout of winning the premiership with New Lambton being held to a draw at South Cardiff, only for the Eagles to find a late winner at Ulinga Oval.
But the Strikers kept going and made it five when Hayden Nicol tucked away a penalty.
Singleton also lost Joseph Civello to a knee injury, with the attacker likely to be in doubt for next weekend.
Singleton will host Kahibah FC in the qualifying final, while Wallsend finished a disappointing season in last place.
Cooks Hill United 0-1 Kahibah FC
A Rhys Tippett goal saw Kahibah FC score an important 1-0 win over Cooks Hill United on Sunday.
Kahibah travelled to the Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field knowing a win could help them climb as high as second if other results went their way, while a defeat would see them remain fifth and facing the prospect of an elimination final.
2019 NEWFM Northern League One player of the year Tippett scored the only goal in the second half to give the Rams victory and see them climb to third on the table.
The victory also saw the Rams secure a place in the qualifying final against Singleton while condemning Cooks Hill to back to back defeats to end their regular season.
It was a particularly bitter blow for Doug West’s side which, had they beaten New Lambton in the penultimate round, would have won a fourth consecutive premiership.
Instead, the defeat against Kahibah saw the 2019 premiers slip to fifth place, with Cooks Hill to face Belmont Swansea United in the elimination final.
Cessnock City 1-1 Belmont Swansea United
Belmont Swansea United missed the chance to secure a place in the qualifying final after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cessnock City.
Joel Nicholson put the 2019 champions in front at Turner Park but the Hornets showed plenty of fight in front of their old boys to find an equaliser.
The result saw Cessnock finish eighth, a disappointing end to a campaign that had shown much promise with the Hornets among the frontrunners midway through the season.
The point was enough for BelSwans to finish fourth, with the reigning champions to face their 2019 grand final opponents Cooks Hill United in the elimination final.