Goals galore in both divisions as Belford slip off top

North Northumberland League round-up

DIVISION ONE

Belford 2

AFC Newbiggin 6

Belford held their own in the opening 30 minutes but after Michael Freathy gave Newbiggin the lead, the visitors proved to be too strong for Belford.

Further goals from David Drysdale and Ross Muter put Newbiggin in control before Lee Bowell pulled a goal back for Belford on 44 minutes.

After the break, Freathy netted his second on 60 minutes, Muter scored his second from the edge of the area and Mick Angus scored a sixth on 75 minutes.

Belford pulled a goal back in the final minutes thanks to 
Neil Jefferson.

Berwick United 0

Shilbottle CW 8

The final result may not show it but for much of the game both sides had equal amounts of 
the play. The big difference 
was that Berwick didn’t have anyone to convert the chances they created.

Four down at half-time they conceded another four after 
the break.

Stephen Hogg netted four times, Chris Chisholm got a hat-trick with Kenny Collins finishing off the scoring.

Rothbury 4

Tweedmouth Harrow 3

After a bad-tempered match, Rothbury scraped through by the odd goal at the final whistle.

Richard Hooks, Michael Old, Brad Welch and Dan Herron were the Rothbury scorers with Michael Brown, Andy Burgon and Johnny Gill on target for the Harrow.

Red Row Welfare 5

Springhill 0

After five minutes, Adam Shanks beat his man and his pass found Darren Smith, who swept the ball into the net.

Five minutes later, Aaron Carruthers’ power and pace saw him beat two defenders and the goalkeeper, before ten frantic minutes saw Shanks score a brace. Last-ditch tackles and goalline clearance saw the score stay the same until the interval.

Midway through the second half, Jordan Giles scored a fifth goal to seal a comfortable win for Red Row.

Red Row: Charlton, Giles, Small, Palmer D, Bell, Sherringham, Palmer S, Smith D, Shanks, Carruthers. Subs: Gray, Anderson. Man-of-the-match: Aaron Carruthers.

DIVISION TWO

Craster Rovers 4

Alnmouth United 1

Looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result, Rovers recalled Pattinson to the starting line-up and it was his impact on the game that sealed the three points.

On a near-perfect pitch the opening encounters were fairly even but on 11 minutes, however, the visitors took the lead; a ball played from deep saw Craster’s defence hesitate claiming offside, allowing Ryan Taylor to break clear and nod the ball over the 
on-rushing keeper.

Craster’s response was immediate and within two minutes the scores were level when Pattinson, with back to goal, took one touch, turned and fired home from 18 yards. Craster now began to dominate and on 19 minutes a deep free-kick from Clarke saw Pattinson rise at the back-post to head his second. Five minutes later Pattinson completed his quick-fire hat-trick; another header following a perfectly delivered corner from Watson.

The scoring was completed from the penalty spot as Davidson hammered home giving the keeper no chance following a trip just inside the area.

Craster man-of-the-match: Lee Pattinson. Match sponsor: Mick Oxley Art Gallery.

Bamburgh Castle 4

Lowick United 1

Bamburgh Castle continued their winning momentum when they met second-placed Lowick United, taking the lead when Johnny Johnson’s drive was spilled, with Gareth McCann netting after 12 minutes.

Lowick then had a penalty appeal dismissed when Andy Harrison brought down Alex Burdin on the edge of the box. The visitors also went close after a poor clearance was intercepted, but the shot was wide, and Bamburgh remained in the ascendency until the interval.

Eight minutes into the second half Bamburgh Castle were awarded a penalty for hand-ball and McCann made no mistake from the spot.

Despite the two-goal disadvantage, Lowick were having more say in the game and when Johnson’s clearing header fell into the path of Grant Leaper, the deficit was reduced.

With the visitors urging men forward, McCann had no trouble in extending Bamburgh’s lead when he got on the end of a long ball to make it 3-1. And he completed his hat-trick and sealed victory when he outpaced the defence to make it 4-1 to extend Castle’s winning start to the season.

Bamburgh Castle: D Egdell, S Tanney, A Harrison, A MacKay, I Patten, D Johnson, J Johnson, S Aldred, S. Archer, G McCann, C Dalton, P Laing, K Leung, I Patterson. Match sponsor: Seahouses Chinese Takeaway. After-match hospitality: Victoria Hotel, Bamburgh.

Tweedmouth Rangers 5

Boulmer FC 1

Tweedmouth had most of the game in the first half with two Peter Macaskill goals, a Craig Howard penalty and a Keiran Cromarty goal from a corner, which saw them well in control at half-time.

The second half was a scrappy affair with Gary Robertson adding a fifth goal for the home side while Aidrian Carter netted a consolation goal for the visitors after 85 minutes.

Wooler 1

Shilbottle CW Res 3

Shilbottle made several enforced changes for this match at The Martins but still came away with all three points.

The Colliers took the lead after 20 minutes’ play when a long ball into the box from Scott Muckle was back-headed into his own net via the crossbar by a Wooler defender.

On 35 minutes, Danny Donohoe doubled the Colliers’ advantage. A quick turn on the edge of the box and a cracking drive into the top corner gave the Wooler keeper no chance.

The home side finally pulled a goal back after 65 minutes through Steven Skeen.

Shilbottle had to hang on for a while but eventually settled the game ten minutes from time with a goal from substitute Andew Wilson, as Wooler pushed for an equaliser.

Shilbottle: L Roper, S Muckle, G Robson, K Lowes, J Mowbray, J York, M Brown, R Cooke, W Scott, J Donohoe, D Donohoe, A Wilson. Man-of-the-match: Michael Brown.