PinPoint Recruitment Junior Football League, U16 Division Two
FC Amble Juniors U16 3 Blyth Spartans U16 1
FC Amble Juniors beat the weather with the only fixture played in Division Two on Sunday.
Amble had won their previous three games and Blyth Spartans had lost their last three.
The home side were keen to get this game played before next week’s Divisional Cup semi-final away to Berwick.
James Oliver played a good ball through to Ali Batey in the opening minutes. He beat the defender but his shot went wide.
Jason Imeson was next to test the Blyth keeper.
Brad Little won a strong challenge in midfield, setting up Callum Fenwick, who crossed the ball into the penalty area for Josh Briggs to head over the bar.
Blyth worked their way upfield with their first effort going just wide of the goal.
James Byrne pushed upfield with some surging runs, whipping the ball into the penalty area to be cleared by the Blyth defender.
Briggs made Amble’s first goal by pressuring the defender. The ball ran on for Batey to fire into the top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead going in at the break.
Blyth enjoyed some good possession early in the second half, with a good strike on goal. Phil Brown pulled off a great save. Minutes later, Blyth took advantage and levelled the scores (1-1).
Tristan Oliver came on for Amble and immediately attacked down the right-wing, before squaring the ball for the unmarked Batey to fire a quick shot at goal to grab his second of the game (2-1).
Batey received the ball near the halfway line for Amble and found Jordan King, who had made a great run down the right. King cut inside the penalty area and played a good ball back to Batey, who finished in style to complete his hat-trick (3-1).
Nathan Potts blocked a Blyth effort on goal with a brave header, before making way for James Aston. This was another well-deserved, hard-fought victory for the Amble boys, who now turn their attention to cup duty this weekend.
Team: P Brown, R Straughan, A Flanighan, N Potts, J Byrne, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J Oliver, A Batey, J Briggs, J King, T Oliver, S Wright, J Aldworth.Man-of-the-match: Josh Briggs. Match sponsor: Amble-Warkworth Rotary Club.