United collapse to cup defeat

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BILCLOUGH CUP, ROUND ONE

Alnmouth United...1 Lynemouth...10

THERE was no gentle return after eight weeks’ inactivity for Alnmouth as their pairing with Lynemouth resulted in a landslide defeat.

Last term, when the visitors were in the same division, the apparent numerous meetings were always keenly and closely fought but this match was one-sided from the off.

This was despite the home side forging ahead on ten minutes – new signing Mark Oman catching a perfect volley from near 30 yards out, whistling the ball beyond Wayne Simpson in the away goal.

That was as good as it got, however, and five minutes later the scores were level when Tony Messenger’s shot on the break was well-repelled by keeper Alex Beeby but Gavin Kee was on hand to slam the loose ball home.

Midway through the half, Lynemouth forged ahead through Messenger, who increased the lead again within a minute with a neat back-heel and turn past a defender before finding the net.

With the resistance of a patched-up side who had an alarming number of cry-offs broken, three more goals were added before the break, two from Lenny Lansbury and one from Ross Muter.

It was seven soon after the restart, when Messenger completed his hat-trick. His strike deflected off Michael Straker and number eight was added by John Charlton with a 20-yard drive.

Well beyond their reach, the home side did at least begin to create opportunities themselves, particularly through Lance Burton and Chris Dalton, while Russell Stalker crashed a 20-yard effort against the bar but the advantage was again increased as Lansbury registered his hat-trick.

With play now relatively even, it seemed the Seasiders would at least prevent double figures but the Welfare achieved their objective near the end when Charlton added his second.

Alnmouth: A Beeby (A Boyd), C Rutherford, J Wilkie, L Roper, S Smith, (M Straker), S Fulton, M Oman, R Taylor, L Conroy, (C Dalton), L Burton.

Lynemouth: W Simpson, R Pyle, J Charlton, L Grisdale, D Palmer, N Storey, D Drysdale, R Muter, T Messenger, G Keen, L Lansbury, S Palmer.

Alnmouth man-of-the-match: Russell Stalker. Lynemouth man-of-the-match: Ross Muter. Referee: J Spink. Match sponsor: Geoff Saunders Construction. Match ball sponsor: The Launderette, Alnwick.

Alnmouth are in league action at home to Belford on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.