Newcastle Benfield Reserves 0 Wooler FC 0
Northern Alliance, Division Two
Wooler went into their last match of the season, knowing that they had to get a better result that rivals Wideopen to secure fourth place in their first season in the Northern Alliance Second Division.
Despite the scoreline this proved to be an entertaining and competitive match, well refereed and both teams contributed equally to the match.
Wooler had several players missing through injuries and holidays so several reserve team players stepped up and performed admirably.
Benfield had the better scoring opportunities in the first half but the Wooler defence, well marshalled by Saunders restricted them to long range efforts.
Woolers best opportunities were coming from set pieces, with Guthrie, Scott and Martin all having opportunities.
Woolers best move of the first half came after 35 minutes when good interplay on the right between Farr, Bertram and Jeffreys set up a scoring opportunity for Scott.
At the other end Benfield created a few half chances but nothing that troubled Nesbit in the Wooler goal.
The second half got underway and Wooler gained control in midfield with Farr and Bertram dominating the opposition. Wooler were getting plenty of possession and Luke Strangeways on the left began to influence the game, setting up a number of scoring opportunities.
Despite dominating possession, Wooler were not creating any clear cut opportunities. This was a match in which both defences dominated and Spencer, Martin and Saunders all played exceptionally well.
With 10 minutes to go and the game seemingly drifting towards a draw Wooler won their umpteenth corner of the match. Bertram delivered an ideal cross, Martin rose unmarked at the back post and from five yards saw his header pass over the bar. It was not to be.
At the end of the match both sets of supporters agreed it had been an entertaining match and all in all a draw was a fair result.
At the end of the match Wooler discovered that Wideopen had been beaten, so fourth place had been secured, rounding a very successful season.