Frenetic finish ends in honours even

FC Amble U10...1 Longhoughton Rangers U10...1

NMSL U10 PREM B DIVISION

THE points were shared out between two very evenly matched teams in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game which could have gone either way.

The visitors settled into their stride first and stretched Amble with some very slick and accurate passing.

It was, however, just a long ball launched up the pitch that caught out the young seasiders.

Any one of three players could have easily cut out the ball but no one took responsibility and the visiting striker nipped in and put the ball into the empty net. (0-1).

Longhoughton continued to press and were only kept out by good defensive work from R Paton and B Handyside with keeper T Hall calling the shots from the home goal.

After 20 minutes, Amble seemed to wake up and created their first opportunity with a well-worked move between J Ford and D Ramshaw which saw the latter put just wide with his left foot when through on goal.

Both teams then held out until half-time.

Amble seemed to dust themselves down and came out for the second half with a bit more purpose. J Ford and D Ramshaw caused them problems with striker D Ramshaw chasing every ball and giving the visitors no time to settle.

It was these two again who created the next chance of the game with D Ramshaw forcing the keeper into a good save with a well-struck shot.

It took until the 37th minute for Amble to draw level and it was M Kerr who beat his man before drawing out the keeper and squaring for D Armstrong to blast the ball home, (1-1).

With the scores now level it was game on and the game was stretched with both teams going for the winner.

J Ford created a couple of half-chances for the hosts with D Ramshaw and D Armstrong going close before Amble had an escape after Longhoughton hit the post with a fantastic effort which bounced out to safety with keeper T Hall well beaten.

This set up a frenetic finish with both defences holding firm due to some last-ditch defending and brave blocks ensuring that the points were shared and well-earned in a game that was played in great spirit.

Spurrelis man-of-the-match: D Ramshaw.