Jesmond Parish Church v St Charles RC Church Gosforth

10.30am  20 October 2018

North East Christian Fellowship League, Premier Division
Jesmond Parish Church 1 St Charles RC Church Gosforth 5 (att 5)

It seems there's more than enough Christian leagues to provide me with a choice of extra games on Saturday mornings for years to come. This was my first experience of the north east's two division competition and it was easily good enough to tempt me back for more.

It was a local derby between two top division sides yet to register a win in the fledgling league season, and it was the visitors from Gosforth who got their campaign properly underway with a comfortable win.

They were ahead in the second minute, and although Jesmond equalised just three minutes later that was as good as it got for the hosts. St Charles added more goals to go into half time with a 4-1 lead.

The second half was flat in comparison to the first, with the outcome as good as settled, although St Charles did add a fifth goal late in the game.

The venue was one of four pitches at the Newburn Activity Centre, next to the River Tyne to the west of Newcastle. It was a busy place, with the other three pitches all staging children's matches and, towards the end, players warming up for two adult men's games.

My game was played on the pitch closest to the pavilion building, which has an upstairs cafe and bar from where drinks and snacks were available and which has a balcony overlooking the playing field.

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