North Northumberland League round-up
Due to cup games, both divisions had a reduced fixture list.
In Division One, Springhill came out on top in the Berwick derby as goals from Daryl Bell and Stewart Thompson saw them beat local rivals Highfield United, whose single reply was scored by Simon Hargreaves.
Red Row 1
North Sunderland 1
After starting their unbeaten run at North Sunderland some eight games ago, Red Row were expected to get three points from this game. However, they were more than fortunate to take one point from a good, strong visiting side who came for all three points.
Poor attitude was a main factor in a horrid performance from the home side.
The visitors took the lead when a shot from Ryan Thompson was spilled by keeper Mark Mavin, who couldn’t gather the ball before North Sunderland’s Robert Scott poked the ball over the line for the opening goal.
The home side could not get into the game and it was keeper Mavin and two of his defence, Tommy Eason and Dan Palmer, who kept the game within reach.
Nothing of note from the home side happened until the 70th minute when a free-kick from Smith found its way into the bottom corner to give the home side an unlikely and unjustified point.
Next week, Red Row are up in Berwick versus the Harrow, players meet 12.15pm at the Precinct.
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Only one game went ahead and Embleton WR took full advantage to move up into third place in the division.
Two each from Brett Rogerson and Spencer Eardley, plus single strikes from Jason and Stuart Imeson made up the Embleton total with Jordan Furness scoring for Hedgeley Rovers.
Will Farner and Dan Brown scored for Bamburgh in a win at Tweedmouth Harrow, whose goal scorer was Johnny Blythe.
Amble St Cuthbert 1
Lowick United 2
The Cuddies’ 100 per cent home record came to an end against the solid Lowick side who had inflicted an embarrassing defeat on them five weeks before.
In spite of a proper performance from the promising young Amble team, Lowick deservedly shaded the tie to avenge their semi-final defeat of last season in the same competition.
With the home side failing to reproduce the level of performance of the last few weeks, it was Lowick who had the majority of a handful of chances in the goal-less first half.
After experienced new striker Dappa Smith shot just wide for the Cuddies with a good improvised volley, Lowick appeared to have taken the lead after good work from their right-winger, but the effort was flagged offside.
However, on the hour mark, a left-wing wind-assisted corner by Neil Jefferson caused the Amble keeper problems and the ball crept in at the back post, the goal being attributed to the corner taker.
The home goalkeeper injured himself in dealing with the next cross and had to be replaced, centre-back Michael Stewart taking the gloves.
The Cuddies rallied impressively, Thomas Stones making it four goals in three starts as he equalised with a superbly-struck free-kick from a central position.
Within three minutes, the reformed Amble back-four was shown to still be finding its feet as Mark Dunlop’s low shot restored Lowick’s lead.
Amble couldn’t fashion any good chances to equalise and the Berwickshire side progressed to the semi-finals.
Match sponsor: Palin & Twyford Solicitors. Post-match hospitality: Radcliffe WM Club.
Elsewhere in the Robson Cup, doubles from James Guthrie and Kyle Jeffrey, plus a Stuart Heron goal, saw Wooler Reserves beat Alnmouth United, whose replies came from Judd Donohoe and James Stewart.
Richard Stanwix and Shaun Toal both scored as Craster Rovers beat Duns FC, while Michael Freathy scored both goals as Wansbeck AFC beat Lynemouth Anglers.