Sanderson Cup Final
Alnmouth United 2 Bamburgh Castle 1
Alnmouth United made it a league-and-cup double after coming from behind to defeat Bamburgh in a cagey Sanderson Cup Final played out in the evening chill at St James’ Park, Alnwick, on Saturday.
In a game of little goalmouth incident, perhaps partly as a result of a number of players on both sides not being fully fit, defences dominated and neither side was able to settle into their passing style. The stalemate was broken on 38 minutes, with Bamburgh making the breakthrough when Johny Johnson played in his brother Danny, whose precise finish beat advancing keeper Dane Dawson (0-1).
Having to step up a gear after the interval, United were soon level when a trip on Andy Murray as he burst into the box resulted in a penalty-kick, initially awarded as a free-kick but amended after referee Shearer’s consultation with his assistant.
Judd Donohoe’s confidence from the spot paid off as he sent Antony Parkin the wrong way to level (1-1).
If Bamburgh shaded the first half, then Alnmouth looked the better bet in the second but hearts were in mouths midway through when a penalty was awarded to Bamburgh, but once again an assistant came to their rescue as he drew the referee’s attention to an earlier offside.
The decisive action arrived 10 minutes from time when the tireless running of lone striker Donohoe paid off as his closing down of Parkin resulted in an error which Andy Murray fully exploited with typical neat footwork to slip the ball past the keeper (2-1).
Man-of-the-match was awarded to Alnmouth’s Liam Jefferson although dominant centre-half Jordan Frost and just in front of him, Wayne Simpson, must have run him close.
Corresponding Bamburgh players Tony Athey and Seb Tanney also stood out, emphasising the nature of the game.
Alnmouth manager Sean Henderson took the opportunity to express his appreciation to the lads this season for all their hard work which has brought appropriate reward. Thanks were extended to the club’s supporters, particularly the Schooner Hotel for their ‘excellent hospitality’. Best wishes also went to the irrepressible Tiz as he recovers from his celebratory mishap.
Alnmouth United: D Dawson, A Martin (D Carey), R Jones, J Frost, R Wright, W Simpson, A Murray, B Rogerson, L Jefferson, P Murray, J Donohoe.
Bamburgh Castle: A Parkin, D Patten, S Archer, C Bell, T Athey, S Tanney, W Farmer, D Johnson (D Egdell), J Johnson, S Walker (J Thorpe), A Baillie (D Mitchell).
Referee: M Shearer. Assistants: K Jobling and R Kelly. Sanderson Cup sponsor: TR Johnson, Quality Family Butchers, Wooler.
Bilclough Cup Semi-Final
Wooler Reserves 3 Red Row Welfare 2
Red Row were deservedly dumped out of the Bilclough Cup by an incisive Wooler Reserves.
Straight from the off it was plain to see that the Division Two hosts wanted it more as they outran and outfought their higher division opponents to every ball, winning all the key battles as a result.
Red Row couldn’t build any attacks, with a lack of shape throughout the team hindering them every time they looked to break forward. Their sloppiness was punished when Wooler opened the scoring with a free header from a corner, with the visitors trying to blame each other rather than own up to any defensive misgivings (1-0).
Wooler deservedly doubled their lead soon after when non-existent marking, again allowed a free header on goal, with Charlton unable to make the save (2-0).
After half-time, the hosts went 3-0 up when nobody closed the Wooler player down allowing him to fire a powerful drive past Charlton in the Red Row goal.
The game looked over as a contest before Max Anderson got one back for Red Row. A goalmouth scramble allowed Sean Palmer to poke home, but despite a nervy last few minutes Wooler held on to book their place in the final ensuring it is definitely a season to forget for Red Row, having seen them lose in three semi-finals and being expelled from another.
Red Row are looking for new players to strengthen the squad from next season, anyone interested should contact David on 07885546163.
Red Row squad: J Charlton, L Eason, D Palmer, M Smith, C Baston, K Bell, R Warwick, C Flanighan, S Palmer, M Anderson, D Smith, P Smith, D Whenray, B Lilburn.