No change at top despite cup duty for leading duo

North Northumberland League

Anderson Cup Preliminary Round

The top two in Division One had a week off from league action as they met in the preliminary round of the Anderson Cup.

Hosts Alnmouth United are three points ahead of rivals Tweedmouth Rangers, , but it is the Berwick side that go through into the draw for the first round, winning 2-0 after extra-time.

Division One

Lowick United were the only side close enough to take advantage of the top two’s cup tie, but they failed to move up the table at Wansbeck AFC.

In a seven-goal thriller, the hosts ended up winning 5-2, in the process leapfrogging Lowick into third place on goal difference.

Bottom club Highfields United picked up their first point of the season, drawing 3-3 with Rothbury, but they stay rooted to the foot of the table.

Bamburgh 1 Red Row Welf 3

Bamburgh created plenty of chances in the first half with away keeper John Charlton saving efforts from Danny and Johny Johnson.

Bamburgh had the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble, but the referee was not in a position to see.

Home keeper James Thorpe did well to stop a goal-bound effort on 41 minutes, but Red Row went ahead soon after from a counter-attack started by Max Anderson with Sean Palmer netting.

Then in stoppage time, Palmer turned two defenders before firing his team into a two-goal lead.

The second half began in the same vein; Bamburgh couldn’t get a break as Jonny Johnson saw his shot strike the foot of the post with the keeper beaten. Soon after, Red Row extended their lead when Max Anderson ghosted through Bamburgh’s defence to make it 0-3.

Antony Parkin was introduced and forced a save before setting up Johnson to pull one back with half-an-hour to play.

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Division Two

Eglingham continued their habit of leaking a large number of goals with another heavy defeat on the road.

The debutants conceded 12 unanswered goals at Amble St Cuthbert on Saturday and are still pointless after five games, having scored four and conceded 58.

Leaders Belford were also banging them in as they managed six in an away thrashing of Lynemouth Anglers.

In another high-scoring clash, Tweedmouth Harrow were in goal-scoring heaven as they knocked in seven at home to Alnmouth.

Second-placed club Springhill failed to keep pace with Belford as they could only draw at home, sharing six goals with Craster Rovers.

In the day’s final game in Division Two, Wooler Reserves landed their second win of the season as they won by the odd goal in five as they travelled to Embleton WR.