MATCH REPORT: Title-chasing Colliers in seventh heaven

Northern Football Alliance round-up.
Northern Football Alliance round-up.

Shilbottle CW 7 Willington Quay Saints 0

Northern Alliance Bay Plastics Second Division

Shilbottle recorded another resounding victory in this one-sided encounter at the Welfare Ground.

Playing into the wind in the first half, it took the Colliers a while to open the scoring.

Brad McClelland shot just over the bar before Brad Wake missed a good chance in similar fashion.

However, they finally broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when a deep cross from Phil Grey was well controlled at the back post by Brad Wake, who set up Ross Gair for an easy finish.

A similar goal 10 minutes later saw Brad Wake set up Josh Hay for a tap-in, and within a couple of minutes, the move was repeated with Wake, again, the supplier for Hay to head home and give the Colliers a three-goal advantage at the break.

The lead was extended shortly after the restart when a cracking drive from the edge of the box from Phil Grey beat the keeper to find the back of the net.

It was now one-way traffic at this stage and, but for a string of outstanding saves from Carl Maguire in the Willington goal, a double-figure score would have been inevitable.

Liam Brooks headed home a Phil Grey cross on 75 minutes for number five and five minutes later, Brad McClelland finally got on the scoresheet after several near misses.

The scoring was rounded off just before the end when a cracking drive from Chris Graham produced goal number seven as the Colliers cruised to another three points.

Shilbottle: A Patterson, R Douglas, C Graham, K Elliott, B Balmbra, R Young, B Wake, R Gair, B McClelland, J Hay, P Grey, L Brooks, L Hume, J Giles. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Brendan Balmbra. Match sponsor: Les Ternent (Shilbottle).

Full league report here.