North Northumberland Football League
Tweedmouth Rangers moved above Lowick into second spot as goals from Craig Howard, Mitchell Simpson and Peter Mckaskill saw them beat Red Row Welfare who replied with two goals from Sean Palmer.
Alnmouth Utd 6 Lowick Utd 2
A storming second-half showing from the home side in this top-of-the-table encounter preserved Alnmouth’s 100 per cent start to the season at the expense of Lowick’s, with an Andy Murray hat-trick proving the highlight.
Alnmouth drew first blood on the quarter-hour when Judd Donohoe played in Murray, who slotted past keeper Joseph Riach and inside the right post from 10 yards.
With the celebrations hardly subsided, the home side were caught cold immediately as Andy Metcalf levelled in trademark style after breaking down the left before rounding the advancing Mick Ashurst. Undeterred, the Seasiders were ahead again minutes later with Murray at it again, this time powering home a 20-yard strike after cutting in from the right to evade his marker, following Reece Wright’s supply.
The lead lasted a little longer this time, but before the interval Lowick were equal again when Paul Fairley assisted Paul Wood, who found the net with a rocket from the edge of the area.
The home side were back in front soon after the break when a superb Peter Murray free-kick found the top corner and just after the industrious Brett Rogerson hit a post, the Murrays combined to make it four as Peter’s cross was converted with a reverse flick by Andy to complete his treble.
Jorden Frost’s introduction brought immediate reward as, avoiding the off-side trap, he latched onto Peter Murray’s through-ball and his strength and determination forced in the fifth on 75 minutes.
Liam Jefferson completed the scoring five minutes from time, blasting into the roof of the net with a volley from the edge of the area, in keeping with the standard of striking on the day.
Alnmouth United are on cup duty this Saturday, at home to Highfields United, kick-off 2pm.
Alnmouth Utd: M Ashurst, D Carey (D Dawson), R Jones, R Wright, A Martin (T Hegney), A Murray, B Rogerson, L Jefferson, P Murray, J Donohoe, S Anderson (J Frost).
Lowick Utd: J Riach, M Tait, L Hindmarsh, E Sherry, M Murray, S Drummond, C Warcup, P Wood, M Wilson, P Fairley, A Metcalf, G Leiper, M Lambert, A Thompson
Referee: P Holleran. Match sponsor: J & R Park, Buston Potatoes.
Belford head the table on goals scored after they netted six times at home to Wooler Reserves. James Guthrie scored for Wooler, but a Ross Moore treble and single strikes from Mark Dunlop, Grant Sharp and Tom Bell kept Belford on top.
Springhill are level on points after they netted 15 times against Eglingham FC at the Pier Field.
Paul Johnson netted four, with Michael Antcliffe scoring a hat-trick for Springhill.
Embleton WR hit back to share the points with Amble St Cuthbert thanks to two second-half goals from Joe Sleightholme and a Jordan Turnbull effort with Reece Ramsay, two, and Mick Stewart scoring for Amble.
Terry James helped himself to five goals as Tweedmouth Harrow netted nine times without reply in the game against Lynemouth Anglers United.
Bamburgh Castle 4 Rothbury 2
Bamburgh were straight on the attack and Danny Johnson had a half-volley well saved in the opening minutes.
Johnson fed the overlapping Andrew Baillie, whose surging run and cross found Jonny Johnson, who swept his effort across goal inside the far-post (1-0).
Soon after, Steven Shendon was allowed time to fire a left-foot shot past James Thorpe in the Bamburgh goal to level the score (1-1).
A Will Farmer volley was headed off the goal-line,before promising debutant Bartek Strychalski saw his strike from distance fly just over.
Then Darren Egdell forced Paul Appleby to save as half-time approached.
Bamburgh continued to press and Johny Johnson had a point-blank shot blocked as was Jack Quinlan’s header.
Against play, Rothbury went ahead on 58 minutes when Chris Coe finished off a flowing move down the right (1-2).
Thorpe then saved well as Rothbury looked to extend their lead.
Nick Moore left the field with a nasty injury and his replacement, Antony Parkin, put Bamburgh on level terms as he rounded the keeper (2-2).
Farmer then went close before Bamburgh got lucky when Johnson’s driven cross was met by Gavin Dick, whose attempted clearance rifled into his own net (3-2).
Parkin then combined well with Johnson to net Bamburgh’s fourth to settle the tie.
Man-of-the-match: Darren Egdell. Match sponsor: Ian Ives.
Wansbeck 3 North Sunderland 4
North Sunderland deservedly marched into the next round of the Bilclough Cup with a hard-fought victory against a feisty Wansbeck side on Saturday.
Returning skipper Neil McFarlane added some much-needed steel to the side and it was from his headed knock-down that Robert Scott opened the scoring from a fine Convery corner (0-1).
Wansbeck came back strongly and equalised just before half-time as their striker rounded keeper Dawson to slot home for 1-1.
In the second half, Wansbeck pressed hard and Jonny McGurk scored a fine individual goal to put them into the lead (2-1).
Back came North Sunderland again and a fine, flowing move down the left saw Chris Gardner fire across a superb cross, which was expertly finished by Scott for his second of the game (2-2).
McGurk then netted again for the home side when he danced through unchallenged, before slotting home (3-2).
At this point, it was end-to-end stuff and North Sunderland equalised when Gardner was hauled down in the box and a penalty was awarded.
Cool as you like striker Scott found the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick (3-3).
Clearly wound up by twice letting their lead slip, some of the Wansbeck players lost control.
Having previously been booked, McGurk was sent off for ‘verbals’ aimed at the referee, closely followed by Cunningham, who was acting as linesman at the time.
North Sunderland went for the win and, with five minutes left, the outstanding Convery forced a mix-up in the Wansbeck defence and left skipper McFarlane with a chance to round the keeper.
He duly took it, slotting the ball home to put the away side 3-4 up.
Referee Spinks then sent off a third Wansbeck player for abusive behaviour before blowing the final whistle.
A tremendous all-round performance, with Scott, Convery and Carr putting in superb displays along with man-of-the-match Ross Stanton.
Praise should be given to Matty Stephenson, who played 85 minutes with a rib injury, and skipper Mcfarlane, who sustained a nasty cut near his eye. Neither player could be dragged off, typifying the never-say-die spirit shown by the young North Sunderlamd side.
Next round, Craster, away.