North Northumberland League round-up (Saturday, Septmber 21, 2014)

DIVISION ONE

Tweedmouth Rangers had Lee Dodd netting three, Peter Macaskill two, and Craig Walker and Craig Coloughoun one apiece in their win over local rivals Springhill, whose only counter was a Keiran Cromarty own-goal.

After Red Row went three up through Paul Smith, Sean Palmer and Josh Baston, Highfields came back and almost snatched a point after Carl Simpson and Simon Hargreaves both scored for the home team.

Two goals apiece from Gareth McCann and Johnny Johnson plus a goal each for Dan Johnson and Alex MacKay gave Bamburgh the win over Tweedmouth Harrow, whose two goals were scored by John Blythe and Craig Anderson.

SHILBOTTLE CW 8 NORTH SUNDERLAND 1

Shilbottle continued their winning start to the season with this comprehensive victory over North Sunderland at the Welfare Ground.

It took awhile for the Colliers to settle, but they took the lead after 20 minutes with a strike from Josh Hay following good team play.

Hay got his second five minutes later with a fine individual goal and the lead was increased to three on the half-hour when a cross-come-shot from Liam Brooks found the top corner of the net. The Colliers got a fourth goal just before the interval when Hay set up Phil Grey to shoot home.

It did not take long for the Colliers to increase their advantage as shortly after the restart Brooks headed back across goal for Hay to complete his hat-trick. Brooks got his second with a good finish after 75 minutes and five minutes later Hay set Brooks up to complete his hat-trick.

North Sunderland had rarely threatened, but did pull a goal back after 85 minutes when Ryan Thompson forced the ball home.

However, there was still time for Calvin Flanighan to hit an eighth and Rikki Hume to shoot a last-minute penalty over the bar.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, C Graham, B Balmbra, R Hume, B Wake, P Grey, M Graham, R Brown, J Hay, L Brooks, C Chisholm, P White, C Flanighan. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Josh Hay. Match sponsor: Amble Tavern.

DIVISION TWO

In Division Two, Duns FC moved to the head of the table as they just edged out Embleton WR by the odd goal in nine.Jamie Lackenby, three, Connor Scott and Michael Thompson were the home scorers.

Early leaders Wansbeck FC dropped to third after defeat at home to Craster Rovers, while Wooler Reserves moved into second spot after a Kyle Jeffrey goal gave them a share of the points at Hedgeley Rovers, whose goal-scorer was Richard Johnson.

An Alex Burdin hat-trick and a Gary Fairbairn goal were enough for Lowick Utd, with Ben Cairns netting the reply for Lynemouth Anglers Utd.

ALNMOUTH UTD 4

AMBLE ST CUTHBERT 1

The home side took the lead when the referee decided Ryan Taylor had managed to get the ball over the line.

Amble upped their game in the second half and equalised when Ethan Iredale headed home Timmy Young’s cross.

Some passing into trouble by the away side led to Ryan Taylor finishing well. Amble’s goalkeeper then uncharacteristically dropped a cross and Judd Donohue was on hand.

Alnmouth again swept through the middle and Taylor completed his hat-trick.