Determined effort snatches all three points

NABC U14 LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

Heaton Hawks...0 FC Amble Juniors...1

AMBLE kicked off against Heaton Hawks, playing some nice football, without really testing the keeper within the first few minutes.

The Hawks got into the game with a break down the left, followed by a shot on target, that was easily dealt with by Amble’s keeper Cameron Roper.

Jordan King drifting out left and played a square ball to Jason Imeson just inside the penalty area. Imeson was just about to fire a shot on target, when the defender slid in, making a late tackle. With the ball rebounding across to Callum Fenwick, he hit a first time shot that hit the post.

James Oliver set King on his way down the left with Max Anderson in support, jinking his way past three defenders and firing a shot on target, collected well by the keeper.

With the game end-to-end and both teams making chances, Cameron Roper was Amble’s last man of defence and pulled off another fantastic save to keep the score 0-0.

Ali Batey found Max Anderson, who switched it to debutant Billy Heckels playing on the left. He hit a first-time shot that beat the keeper, however the ball went just past the post.

With neither team giving an inch midfielders Imeson and Brad Little worked tirelessly throughout. The back four of Straughan, Flanighan, Aston and Anderson worked together with any loose balls being collected by keeper Roper.

Into the second half, the teams were evenly-matched and Hawks had a goal disallowed for off-side.

With about 20 minutes remaining James Oliver got the ball on the left, and with the keeper off his line, he fired in a tremendous shot that sailed into the roof of the net, for what turned out to be the only goal of the match, that deserved to clinch all three points (0-1).

Roper was in outstanding form in goal and some good defending from the Amble lads gave them all three points from a hard-fought match.

Amble: C Roper, R Straughan, A Flanighan, J Aston, M Anderson, C Fenwick, J Imeson, B Little, J King, A Batey, B Heckels.