Colliers leave it late

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SPORTSWORLD NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE – Tweedmouth Harrow...1 Shilbottle CW...2

A LATE goal saw Shilbottle just shade this close encounter on a difficult pitch at the Billendean Spittal.

With both teams short on numbers, the game was scrappy as good football was in short supply on an uneven pitch.

Tweedmouth opened the scoring after 15 minutes with their first shot on target.

The Colliers struggled to create clear openings but should have drawn level on the half-hour when Shaun Black put a good chance wide following good work by Alex Makin down the left flank.

The interval arrived with the Berwick side just a single goal to the good but it was the Colliers who were to prove the stronger in the second half.

A good effort from Richard Brown was well-saved by the home keeper before Shaun Black appeared to bring the Colliers level with a header that was reputedly a couple of feet over the line before being clawed back only for the referee to fail to award a goal.

The Colliers did eventually draw level on 55 minutes when Andy Metcalf forced the ball home from close range following a rebound from a post.

The Colliers continued to press and almost went in front when an effort from Shaun Black was just tipped around a post.

Justice was done five minutes from time when Shaun Black broke clear only to be cleaned out by the Harrow keeper who was fortunate not to be sent off.

Alan Wallace confidently stoked home the resultant penalty to secure a well-deserved victory for the Colliers.

Shilbottle: J Dixon, L Conroy, A Gattens, D Hubbard, A Wallace, A Metcalf, M Brown, R Brown, A Makin, J Jackson, S Black. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Richard Brown.