Reds see off United challenge

Shilbottle (green)  v Wansbeck.
Shilbottle (green) v Wansbeck.
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League round-up

Division One

Red Row 6 Highfields United 1

Red Row manager Paul Smith rested key players for Saturday’s game against Highfields of Berwick, giving squad members a well-deserved run out.

Starting strongly, Red Row scored when Josh Baston outpaced the visitors’ full-back, played a one-two with Darren Smith and easily beat the keeper from 10 yards (1-0).

The home side continued to dominate and the chances all came Red Row’s way and, when the ball was fed to Smith from Baston, the centre-forward passed the ball into the net to score his first and Red Row’s second (2-0).

Baston, who was turning the full-back inside out, like an old sock, gave the keeper no chance on the half-hour mark with a good solo goal (3-0).

Red Row forced a corner and the ball fell to full-back John Charlton who bundled the ball over to make it 4-0.

On 40 minutes, Smith grabbed his second when he finished off a good move involving Sean Palmer and Jack Small. Small found Smith in space and he easily beat the visitors’ keeper (5-0).

The second half saw the home manager make three changes. Red Row became lethargic and allowed Highfields more of the ball. But it wasn’t until Jordan Giles gave away a foolish penalty that Highfields managed a goal (5-1).

Midfielder Jack Small came off with an ankle injury, leaving the home side with 10 men as all three subs had been used. Sean Black got the home side’s sixth after a good run and finish from two yards.

Next week, Red Row are at Newbiggin in the semi-final of the Minor Cup, kick-off 1.30pm. Players meet at Hadston Precinct at 11.30am.

Red Row from: Mavin, Giles, Palmer, Lilburn, Small, Palmer, Josh Baston (man-of-the-match), Charlton, Smith, Eason, Black, Reed, Bell, Nixon. Red Row’s match sponsor: Broomhill and District Garden Association.

Division Two

Second-placed Lowick United had to settle for a share of the points at Craster Rovers, with Shaun Toal, two, and Liam Crowe scoring. Brian Blackburn, two, and Andy Metcalfe wereon target for Lowick.

Duns FC netted five times at home to Alnmouth United without reply, while Wooler Reserves, through Gregor Dojaski and James Spencer, shared the points with Amble St Cuthbert, whose goal scorers were Thomas Stones and Reece Ramsay.

Laidler/Lancaster Cup

John Colley hit a hat-trick, Adam Pringle, Jorden Frost and Stuart Imeson hit one each as Embleton WR beat Rothbury with Matt Crane and Mitchell Ramsay scoring for the visitors.

Hedgeley Rovers did score three through Dominic Chapman, Jordan Furness and Richard Johnson, but Bamburgh scored nine in reply through James Dixon, four, Will Farmer, two, Danny Johnson, two, Gareth McCann and Nick Moore.

Shilbottle CW 3 Wansbeck Jrs 0

Preliminary Round

Shilbottle proved too strong for the unbeaten Division Two leaders with this comfortable victory at the Welfare Ground.

The Colliers began facing a strong wind but were unfortunate not to take the lead after 15 minutes when an effort from Brad Wake struck the corner of the bar. But they did open the scoring on the half-hour when a fine through-ball from Wake put Josh Hay in the clear to finish well (1-0).

The Colliers increased their advantage five minutes before the break when a cross from Richard Brown was struck home by Liam Brooks from 10 yards (2-0).

Shilbottle effectively settled the tie on the hour.Intense pressure on the Wansbeck goal saw visiting keeper Ricky Gibson block a couple of efforts but the ball eventually ran loose for Josh Hay to strike his second and give the Colliers a three-goal cushion.

An entertaining game saw chances at both ends during the final half-hour and Shilbottle should really have extended their advantage with Brad Wake striking the woodwork a further couple of times and several good chances went begging as the Colliers moved into the next round.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, C Graham, P White, R Hume, D Hubbard, B Wake, M Graham, L Brooks, J Hay, R Brown, A Douglas, C Flanighan, S McEwan. Shilbottle’s SFC Pizza man-of-the-match: Brad Wake. Match sponsor: The Village Store, Shilbottle.