Amble lads hold high-flying Greens to a 1-1 draw

FC Amble U12s 1 Blyth Town Greens 1

FC Amble played host to a very strong Blyth team who are currently unbeaten in the league on a very crisp January morning.

Amble had to re-shuffle their line-up, with two of their regular defenders unavailable and with only one substitute available to them.

Blyth started the brighter of the two teams and pushed the hosts back from the first whistle using the whole width of the pitch.

It was from the wide left that Blyth scored the opening goal of the game when the winger checked inside before firing a shot into the top corner, leaving J Belisle with no chance (0-1).

At this point, Amble could have folded, but that is not in their nature and they dusted themselves down and started to play the type of football they are capable of.

With about 10 minutes to half-time, D Tailford won a good tackle against his man and when the ball ran free to R Paton, he sent the ball to M Kerr, who used all of his strength to hold off two defenders before firing in off the far-post (1-1).

Both teams probed, but were unable to trouble the scoresheet and went in level at the break.

Amble started the second half brightly, but were penned into their own half for the majority of the remainder of the match.

Blyth applied a lot of pressure on the Amble goal, but hard work and brave defending by R Paton, D Tailford and M Kemp held firm and any time this line was breached, J Belisle was on hand to mop up.

With tiredness creeping in and a lack of options from the bench, Amble dug in deep and T Pirie and E Bell worked hard in the middle of the pitch with T Henshall, D Douglas and R Brayson giving good support to the full-backs.

The match was officiated by Stephen Gibbard who allowed the game to flow and showed once again what a good referee he is.

Spurreli’s man-of-the-match: Jamie Belisle.