Northern Football Alliance round-up
Bay Plastics George Dobbins League Cup, Round One
Shilbottle CW 5 Ponteland Utd 1
Shilbottle produced their best result of the season to date with this thumping victory over Division One opponents who were Premier League champions as recently as season 2010/11.
The Colliers opened brightly and were unfortunate not to take an early lead when Liam Brooks put a good header just wide.
However, Brooks put the Colliers ahead after 10 minutes with a cracking drive from the edge of the box.
Shilbottle continued to press and Josh Hay had a good effort well saved by the Ponteland keeper before Chris Graham produced a glancing header from a Ross Gair corner to put the Colliers two up after 20 minutes.
Chances continued to flow for the home side and Matty Graham put a good chance wide when clean through and Brooks went close shortly after.
The pressure paid off five minutes before the interval when Ryan Douglas capitalised on a defensive error to smash home from the corner of the box to give the Colliers a three-goal lead at the break.
Ponteland came more into the game following the restart and pulled a goal back after 55 minutes through Grant Cambridge.
They hit the post shortly after and looked capable of getting back into the game.
However, the Colliers got a fourth goal on the hour when the visiting keeper could only parry a Josh Hay drive and Liam Brooks followed up to shoot home.
A Hay header struck the bar shortly after and when Ross Gair volleyed home a fifth goal from a Hay cross on 75 minutes the game was as good as over.
Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Dogulas, C Graham, B Balmbra, R Stewart, L Hume, P Grey, M Graham, R Gair, L Brooks, J Hay, C Flanighan, R Brown, J Hindhaugh. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Ross Gair. Match sponsor: Douglas E Ward (Engineers) Ltd Seaton Deleval.
Alnwick Town Reserves slammed in 14 times at Wideopen, with striker Ryan Taylor helping himself to eight as the black and whites romped into round two.
Neil McFall, Andrew Kiddell (two), Kenny Collins, Dominic Shievetta and Jay Imeson added the others. Lewis Allen had shot the hosts ahead in the opening minute.
Dan Thompson bagged four in Wallington’s win over Cramlington United.
John Paxton (pen), Kyle Reardon and Matty Blackith added the others. United’s marksmen were Nathan Hewitt, Ben Davidson and Simon Gallon (two).
Chemfica dumped Wooler out courtesy of Tommy Bainbridge’s 75th-minute strike.
Newcastle Building Society Premier Division
Blyth Town made it eight wins in a row with goals from Malcolm Morien (two), Stephen Howes and Michael Bowman against Whitley Bay A.
The visitors proved no pushover, however, and had Ryan McGorrigan, Jack Byerley and Connor Johnson shoot home at the other end.
Nike First Division
AFC Newbiggin closed the gap at the top of the table to two points as the Seasiders had Ashley Smyth, Richie Hall, Ross Muter and Gary Bailes on target against Wallsend Boys Club, who replied through Keiran Dewhirst.
John Amos bagged a brace in Cullercoats’ fine win over Cramlington Town, which took them into third spot.
Richie May, Hylton Mole and Jake Newstead got the others with Town hot-shot Dan MacDonald hitting two at the other end.
Bay Plastics Second Division
Matty Smith grabbed a first-half opener and Lewis Walker added a second from the penalty spot in Forest Hall’s win over Willington Quay Saints.
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