Colliers face league showdown

Shilbottle with their Senior Team of the Year award, which they won at the recent Alnwick and District Sports Council's prizegiving ceremony, face a final day showdown against Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Shilbottle with their Senior Team of the Year award, which they won at the recent Alnwick and District Sports Council's prizegiving ceremony, face a final day showdown against Gateshead Leam Rangers.

Shilbottle face a crunch league championship decider on Saturday in Northern Alliance Division Two, when they visit Gateshead Leam Rangers, who lie second on goal difference, in their final game of the season.

The Colliers completed their home league programme on Wednesday night with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Whitburn Athletic at the Welfare Ground.

Whitburn arrived late for the midweek encounter and may have been caught cold as they were two goals down within the first 10 minutes.

The hosts struck after only five minutes when a shot from Josh Hay from the edge of the box went under the visiting keeper (1-0).

Within a couple of minutes, Hay had his second goal when an attempted clearance struck him and rebounded into the net (2-0).

When Brad McClelland broke clear to grab the Colliers’ third goal after only 15 minutes, the game looked as good as won (3-0).

However, the visitors rallied and, with the aid of a dubious penalty just before the interval, which was put away by Adam Bravey, they were still in the game at the break (3-1).

The three-goal lead was quickly restored following the restart when a good ball from Matty Graham put Josh Hay clear to finish well and complete his hat-trick (4-1).

The usual substitutions followed and the Colliers went further ahead on the hour with a good finish from Adam Shanks (5-1).

When Shanks got his second and the Colliers sixth just before the end, the game was well and truly over (6-1).

Shilbottle: A Patterson, R Douglas, J Giles, R Young, B Balmbra, P Grey, M Graham, R Gair, B McClelland, J Hay, L Brooks, A Shanks, D Lowes, S Hutchins.

Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Liam Brooks. Match sponsor: Farriers Arms, Shilbottle.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Steven Knox slammed in a hat-trick as Grainger Park ended their season on a high.

Robert Jefferson added two more, with Sean Reid and Tony Leach also on target in the big win against Newcastle Benfield Reserves, who struck back courtesy of Nelson Ndlovu, Adam Cole and Shaun Clennell.

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Marc Shiel bagged a brace in Carlisle City’s 4-1 win at champions Blyth Town. Rob McCartney and Alan Casey added the others, with David Atkinson hitting a late consolation.

Elsewhere in the top tier, Colin White also struck twice in Killingworth Station’s comprehensive victory at Wallington.

White grabbed the opener from the penalty spot and further goals from Jack Pinchen and Paul Dunn stretched the lead before the break.

White rounded things off when he slammed in a free-kick.

Lewis Matthews gave Northbank a fifth-minute lead at Shankhouse that they held onto until the 89th minute when Joel Arnold levelled.

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AFC Newbiggin sealed promotion and the runners-up spot in mid-week with a 1-0 success at Bohemians and they turned on the style in their final game with six goals against New Fordley.

Brent Aisbitt struck twice and Michael Angus, Ross Muter, Darren Riddell and Kris Allington added the others. Jordan Watson netted a double in reply and Kieran Pile added a late third for the visitors.

Hexham completed their great escape with a 3-3 draw against high-flying Birtley Saint Joseph’s that secured safety.

Mike Robson, Tom North and Kurtis Harvey were on the scoresheet for the Tynedalers with the replies coming from Ryan Moore, Philip Quigley and an own-goal.

Wooler ran out 3-1 victors at Gosforth Bohemians.