Town give Colliers the boot from Sanderson Cup

NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUE, SANDERSON CUP QUARTER-FINAL – Shilbottle CW....1 Alnwick Town Res....4

SHILBOTTLE found Alnwick just too strong in the second half as they made their exit from the Sanderson Cup in this local derby at a sun-drenched Welfare Ground.

The opening half was fairly even with the Colliers creating the better chances. A good strike by Michael Brown was blocked near the line and a lobbed effort from Andy Metcalf cleared the bar with the Alnwick keeper out of position.

The interval arrived without a goal for either side but the position changed in Alnwick’s favour almost immediately following the restart.

A poor back pass failed to reach the Shilbottle keeper, leaving Neil McFarlane with a relatively simple task of poking the ball into an empty net.

The situation got worse for the Colliers when David Davison got onto a loose ball in the box to shoot home and give Alnwick a two-goal advantage.

The game was effectively settled on 70 minutes when a looping header from Neil McFall found the corner of the Shilbottle net and a further goal from Davison 10 minutes from time sealed the Colliers’ fate.

Shilbottle did pull a goal back five minutes from time when Shaun Black was up-ended in the box and Phil Grey converted the resulting penalty but it proved to be too little too late.

Shilbottle: J Rutherford, A Makin, A Gattens, P Simpson, D Hubbard, M Brown, A Wallace, P Grey, A Metcalf, R Brown, S Black, J Jackson, Rob Brown. Man-of-the-match: David Hubbard with Alan McFall taking the honours for Alnwick. Match sponsor: Les Ternent (Shilbottle).