Luck not on Amble lads’ side

FC Amble U12 1 Newcastle East End Yellows U12 3

Pin Point Junior Football U12, League Five

FC Amble played host to high-flying Newcastle East End on a glorious spring morning on an immaculate pitch at James Calvert Spence College.

The Seasiders had to re-shuffle the pack, with two of their regular defenders missing from the starting line-up and went with M Kemp, R Paton and D Tailford along the back line.

The game kicked off and was a very tentative affair, which was evenly contested. Amble held their own against a strong and physical team and both teams could not be faulted for effort and work-rate, despite the lack of goal-scoring opportunities.

Newcastle got a stroke of luck shortly before half-time when D Tailford made a great tackle only to see the ball ricochet to an unmarked forward who knocked it home (0-1).

Both teams continued to probe, but could not trouble the scoreline and went in with Amble trailing at the break.

The second half kicked off in the same vein, with Newcastle shading the possession but failing to test keeper J Belisle.

Newcastle doubled their lead with another goal scored from a deflection, which left the striker once again to score from close range (0-2).

Amble never gave up, but found themselves further behind shortly after when the visitors scored a stunning free-kick from 20 yards out (0-3). Many teams would have given up and folded at this point, but that is not the Amble way.

With 10 minutes left, Amble pushed for a way back into the game and started to test the resolve of the visitors.

D Wilkie hit a shot that was deflected and, on this occasion, Amble’s luck was out and the ball struck the post.

E Bell was played in shortly after and the keeper pulled off a good save to keep the ball out.

Amble got their just desserts shortly after when J Belisle launched the ball downfield and R Brayson made a nuisance of himself, causing the visiting defender to miss-kick, the ball fell to D Wilkie who finished in style with the outside of his left boot, finding the corner of the goal (1-3).

Despite this, Amble could not affect the score further and finished the game with a defeat. It was a good performance from Amble, who gave a good account of themselves against one of the top teams in the league. On another day, with a bit of luck, they could have gained something from the match.

The club thanked Eileen Hamilton who sponsored the match. Spurreli’s man-of-the-match: Matteo Kemp.