10-man Amble dig deep for morale-boosting, last-minute win

PINPOINT RECRUITMENT

NABC U14 LEAGUE CUP, ROUND THREE

Ashington AFC...5 FC Amble Juniors...6

WITH Amble’s pitch waterlogged, they travelled the short distance to Ashington to play on their 3G pitch.

Amble had just 10 players available to play, the boys got into their stride playing some good football with Ali Batey putting in a good cross into the six-yard box, to Jason Imeson who was inches away from the ball.

Cameron Roper made his first save of the day with Ashington’s first attack on the Amble goal. He kicked upfield to Jordan King, who played a square ball to Batey to put Amble 0-1 up. Callum Fenwick made a jinking run into the Ashington penalty area, past three defenders and cut inside on his left foot, but his shot went just past the post.

James Aston won the ball at the back for Amble, setting Fenwick away down the right-wing. He was one on one against the last defender, whom he beat and another shot on target was saved by the keeper.

Fenwick, Imeson and Batey combined well. Batey’s shot on target was saved again, with the ball coming out to Fenwick whose shot went wide.

Ashington played their way into the Amble penalty area again but it was cleared out for a corner, from which Ashington scored their first goal (1-1).

From the kick-off, King played a great ball down the left-wing to Batey, who just missed the target. Ashington then scored a quick second goal (2-1).

Amble had more chances. Brad Little played the ball to King, whose shot went just wide. Batey won the ball from the goal-kick and as the keeper came off his line to close the angle, Batey’s shot went just wide.

Ashington punished Amble for not taking their chances with another two quick goals (4-1).

Amble had a lot to do in the second half and they pushed more players forward. Fenwick played in Batey who hit the Ashington crossbar.

Ronan Straughan played a great ball up to Imeson to flick the ball into the box, only for their keeper to collect.

Finally, Amble pulled a goal back from a free-kick taken by Andy Flanighan, which flew into the roof of the net (4-2).

Amble soon notched another goal. King pulled the ball back for Batey to grab his second of the game (4-3). Amble were firmly on top, making chance after chance, but they allowed Ashington to regain their two-goal advantage, giving their striker too much time to drill the ball into the back of the net (5-3).

Going into the final 15 minutes, Amble still had time to score more goals. From a Max Anderson corner,Flanighan scored his second of the game from close range (5-4).

With the excitement and encouragement from the Amble parents behind them, they attacked again and levelled the scores with a great looping header from Batey to finish off a good move as he completed a superb hat-trick (5-5).

And right at the end, Amble pushed forward again down the right, Callum Fenwick running past the defender at pace. He placed his shot low and hard into the bottom corner to seal an impressive Amble performance (5-6).

Amble: C Roper, R Straughan, A Flanighan, J Aston, M Anderson, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J King, A Batey. Amble man-of-the-match: Max Anderson.