Embleton WR...4 Shilbottle CW...1
Sportsworld North Northumberland League, Division One
IN a game of two vastly contrasting halves, Shilbottle ended up well beaten in this league encounter at Creighton Hall.
The Colliers opened brightly, kicking up the slope and against the breeze.
Shilbottle took the lead after only five minutes when Andy Metcalf broke clear and his effort was slotted home by Richard Brown from close range (0-1).
The away side continued to have the bulk of the play and were unfortunate not to increase their lead when Phil Grey had a free-kick turned around a post by the Embleton keeper.
Half-time arrived with the Colliers just one goal to the good.
The second half began in much the same style and Shaun Black struck the bar when he should really have done better.
Embleton had shown very little at this stage but drew level on 55 minutes when Mark Forrest broke clear to shoot home (1-1).
This goal appeared to change the game and breathe new life into the home side. Forrest was foiled shortly after by a good save from Josh Rutherford in the Shilbottle goal. But not to be denied, he put Embleton ahead after 70 minutes (2-1).
By this stage, Shilbottle’s game had gone to pieces and it was no surprise when Embleton scored again through Chris Chisholm, although it appeared that the Colliers’ keeper had been fouled in the build-up to the goal (3-1).
A late goal from Forrest to complete his hat-trick left the Colliers a well-beaten side at the end. (4-1)
Shilbottle: J Rutherford, D Lillico, J Lewney, S McMullen, C Bell, J Jackson, M Brown, P Grey, R Brown, S Black, A Metcalf, R Jackson. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Michael Brown, with Mark Forrest taking the honours for Embleton.