Big effort keeps threadbare Amble on course

NMSL U10 GROUP S

Morpeth Tigers...0 FC Amble...1

FC AMBLE travelled to Morpeth on a cold and blustery morning on Sunday, with their team decimated to just the bare minimum with no substitutes available due to injuries.

Amble kicked off and quickly settled into the slick passing game that has served them well and were on top in the opening exchanges, with the best chance falling to J Ford, who smashed the ball off the frame of the goal.

Ford then played in D Handyside whose shot was well saved by the home keeper.

Amble continued to press and were worthy of the lead when the ball was played in to R Paton, who held off the defender and rolled the ball to J Ford, who finished clinically (0-1).

R Paton then had a shot of his own just before the interval which went just wide and Amble went into the break a goal up and in control.

Morpeth came out after half-time and began to get a foothold in the game and forced Amble goalkeeper T Hall into two good saves within the space of two minutes.

Amble created another opening on 35 minutes when D Handyside flicked on a header which was controlled by R Paton before striking inches over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Amble created their next chance from a J Ford corner when D Armstrong turned the defender before cutting inside and flashing a great strike narrowly over.

With a couple of Amble players continuing with knocks and absolutely shattered by the sheer effort they had put in, Morpeth took control of the game in the closing stages, putting them under a massive amount of pressure.

A mixture of brave goal-keeping by T Hall and mammoth defending by B Handyside and M Kerr, who were both fantastic all day, saw Amble through to the final whistle with their 1-0 lead intact.

Manager Barry Paton said: “This was a great game of football by two very good teams and I am delighted firstly by the massive amount of physical effort the lads put in today and obviously by the fact that we managed to come away with the victory.”

Spurrelli’s man-of-the-match: D Handyside.