Press release 6 Feb

NESLC Legends have strengthened their team in the Tesco Express Northumbria League by playing Eddie Smith in the side and also bringing in Anthony Barella. Both of them played against St.Chads along with Neil McMaster and they ran out 10 – 0 winners. If they are able to field a strong team from now on then they will be favourites to retain the title. Their Eagles team have acquired Steve Penman who has transferred from St.Chads, and he helped them to beat Newton A 7 – 3. Dale Aitkenhead was the man in form when Cramlington Venture Portraits defeated Cramlington Casuals 6 – 4, remaining unbeaten in both singles and doubles. The bottom of the league clash between Blaydon A and Seaburn Dene went the way of the visitors to the tune of 7 -3.

Byker B went top of division one after an 8 – 2 victory over their A team, Steve Dickinson and Adam Curran winning all of their matches. Cramlington Trojans had Phil Prady in form when they came away from Mortimer with a 7 – 3 win under their belt but they are five points behind the Byker sidealthough they do have a game in handChris Kilsby won all of his matches for lowly Matfen when they visited Whitehouse Lane to help his side to a draw.

Division two leaders Newcastle Community A were involved in a very long match when they went to North Shields to play yhe YMCA B team. The home side fought all the way but the Chinese side still won 9 – 1. Ken Hu and Terry Kwong were both unbeaten. The Chinese club B team were also big winners, defeating Old England Crocks 10 – 0.

The Newton C side of Jim Hunter, Wyn Thompson and John Carr strengthened their hold on top place in division three by winning 9 – 1 away to Whitley Chapel and Ouston A remained in second place after a 10 – 0 hammering of Cramlington Magpies. Newton’s D team were strengthened by the inclusion of Julian Manuel for the visit of second placed Cramlington Lions and with John Henderson in form they won 7 – 3 and are now challenging for second place behind Cramlington Swits who beat the Ravens 7 – 3.

The Border Reivers team were hit by injury and illness for their Veterans British League second weekend but the team of   Dale Aitkenhead, Jim  Stamas and Marc Cotton won all of their matches on the Saturday. Two defeats on the Sunday, however, meant that they had to be content with second place in division two but they will be promoted to the first division for next season which was a tremendous performance.