North Sunderland edge it in an eight-goal thriller

League round-up

Division One

North Sunderland 5

Rothbury 3

North Sunderland took the three points with a real Jekyll-and-Hyde performance against a committed Rothbury team on Saturday.

The home team dominated the early stages and Ryan Lillico struck first.

Waltzing through the defence his shot was drilled into the bottom corner for 1-0.

Robert Scott then increased the lead before Rothbury took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull a goal back (2-1).

North Sunderland took control of the game in the second half, with the impressive Scott notching his second after a break from Stanton (3-1).

Skipper McFarlane made it 4-1.

North Sunderland then lost concentration and Rothbury took advantage, netting twice to take the score to 4-3, setting the home side’s nerves jangling.

Andrew Robertson, though, scored next with a fine individual goal to wrap up the game at 5-3.

The club thanked the Black Swan for providing the after-match food and hospitality.

Division Two

Duns FC went on a goalscoring spree against Hedgeley Rovers as they finished a creditable first season in third place.

Stephen Burns, six, Jamie Lackenby, three, Andrew Renton, Ben Boucher, Stephen Blakie, plus an own-goal made up the final scoreline.

Amble St Cuthbert, through Tim Young, Brad McLelland and Michael Stewart, finished the season with a defeat as Alnmouth United took the points with goals from James Woollett, Judd Donohoe, John Winter and a Andrew Murray penalty.

Sanderson Cup, Semi-Final

Springhill v Bamburgh Castle

Springhill won the toss and, aided by the wind, dominated Bamburgh during the first half with Michael Ancliffe, Stewart Thompson and David Blackhall netting to leave the home team a mammoth task.

From the restart, it was Bamburgh who took the initiative when Gareth McCann pulled one back after 53 minutes.

More chances followed but anything on target was well dealt with by Springhill stopper Ross Richardson.

With five minutes to go, Johny Johnson latched onto a long ball to bundle in Bamburgh’s second to give the home side a glimmer of hope.

However, Springhill held their nerve to join Tweedmouth Rangers in an all-Berwick final.

Bamburgh Castle: C Stanwix, A Baillie, S Archer, C Bell, J Quinlan, P Maughan, N Moore, S Aldred, G McCann, J Dixon, J Johnson, D Egdell, K. Leung.Match sponsor: The Hogs Head Inn, Alnwick.