PONTELAND United Reserves put four past Wooler as they climbed to the top of the Northern Alliance Development Division.

John Lancaster scored Ponteland’s opener in the home fixture, which they won 4-1. George Harries added a second, before man of the match Jason Nicholson got on the scoresheet for the free-scoring side.

Sean McDonald wrapped up the scoring, as the team’s impressive start to the season continued.

Manager Kennie Malia said the reserves can get better, even after winning five of their opening seven matches, scoring 21 goals and remaining undefeated so far.

He added: “The run continues. To be unbeaten in the first seven games for the boys is a brilliant achievement.

“We weren’t at our best, but it’s always good to come away with three points when we know we have more to give.”

Club Secretary Alan Birkinshaw added: “There’s a tremendous appetite for football at Ponteland, and it’s pleasing to see the reserves starting the season so well.

“It’s a long campaign and there’s a lot of football to be played, but there’s a good team spirit and a desire to keep improving.”

Ponteland Reserves will have further opportunities to impress on home territory.

They were set to host Morpeth last night, and are at home again on Saturday, against Wideopen. The Reserves are next on the road on September 14, when they travel to Newcastle University A.