Cobras feel bite of Amble lads

Ryton Cobras...0 FC Amble Juniors...6

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AMBLE went into this game against a newly-promoted team from Division Three.

Amble took advantage of the wind with Nathan Potts playing the ball for Brad Little to power it over the keeper from 30 yards.

The visitors played with confidence. A left-footed Jason Imeson shot went wide and then a shot from Jordan King just missed.

Little took another shot from range, this time set up by Max Anderson, but it also flew wide. Anderson was in the next attack and, this time, he took the shot, but it arrowed straight at the keeper.

Finally, the hosts had a chance to attack. Matty Hunter slid in to win the ball, with Andy Flanighan there to clear the loose ball.

Good link-up play between Jordan King and his striking partner Ali Batey produced an effort, saved by the keeper. Eventually, Amble got their much-needed second goal. Anderson coolly curled the free-kick in from the edge of the box (0-2).

Minutes later, Amble got their third. Andy Flanighan powered a free-kick into the top corner from 30 yards out.

With the first half over, Amble got the second half under way.

Straight away, Imeson was on the attack. He played the ball to Batey and the striker had no problem beautifully chipping the helpless keeper (0-4).

Amble were on all-out attack. Batey played the ball into King, who slotted in with his right foot (0-5). Amble had certainly killed the game off but this didn’t stop Ryton from having another go at grabbing a goal.

Cameron Roper saved another long-range shot superbly, tipping it over the bar.

The game finished with another goal from Amble. James Aston cut in from the left-wing, squaring the ball to Imeson, whose first touch was exquisite, before a quick left-foot strike powered into the top corner (0-6).

All in all, a good day at the office for the Amble lads.

Amble: C Roper, R Straughn, M Hunter, A Flanighan, M Anderson, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, N Potts, J King, A Batey, J Aston. Man-of-the-match: Ali Batey. Match sponsor: Amble and Warkworth Round Table.

FC Amble Juniors...2 Whitley Bay Milan...2

BOTH teams went into this match knowing that whoever won would rifle to the top of the league.

Amble’s start was slow, Whitley Bay’s was quite the opposite. The away side were straight out of the blocks and went 1-0 up with just two minutes played.

Amble tried to bounce back and they were doing everything right except putting the ball past the opposition keeper.

A good cross from Jason Imeson led to Nathan Potts firing wide.

Potts and James Oliver both struck wide. Keeper Cameron Roper was called into action next, saving a shot well.

The home side looked to counter and a one-two between the industrious James Oliver and Potts led to a pass to Jordan King who was beaten to the ball by the keeper.

The keeper saved another King strike before a header from the Whitley Bay striker flew over. Then Oliver’s cross found Jordan King who couldn’t quite get the vital touch to score.

Amble won a corner on the left and Andy Flanighan, hit the post with a curling ball.The rebound fell to Callum Fenwick but he fired over.

An Ali Batey flick lead to a King shot, which was saved by the keeper.

Next, Imeson won the ball in the middle of the park and released Oliver down the left-wing. He crossed across the goal, but the keeper intercepted.

Amble were growing in confidence and the pressure soon paid off. Potts who had pushed up from left-back headed in a huge Oliver throw-in (1-1).

Whitley Bay enjoyed the wind at their backs in the second half.

Amble were immediately put under a lot of pressure and Roper had to save a shot from range.

Next, Whitley Bay had a one-on-one chance that was put agonisingly wide by the skilled striker.

From this, Amble had a goal-kick which was won by Imeson, who played in King to poke the ball past the keeper to make it 2-1.

Whitley Bay pressed but they couldn’t get past the solid Amble defence. Typical of the rear-guard action, a through-ball came to nothing thanks to a recovery sliding tackle from Andy Flanighan.

Eventually, Amble cracked in the dying few minutes as a corner from Whitley Bay was deflected in by a home player.

Man-of-the-match: Jason Imeson. Match sponsor: Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club.