United lift the cup

Amble Utd celebrate after todays 3-2 Kicks Leisure Challenge cup win over Carlisle City at Percy Main.
Amble Utd celebrate after todays 3-2 Kicks Leisure Challenge cup win over Carlisle City at Percy Main.

An explosive first-half helped Amble United win the Kicks Leisure Challenge Cup, as they defeated Carlisle City 3-2.

The Seasiders scored three goals in the opening 45 minutes to put themselves in control of Monday’s final, played at Percy Main Amateurs.

Amble Utd Skipper Lee Harker is  seen lifting the cup

Amble Utd Skipper Lee Harker is seen lifting the cup

Two City goals in the second half made for a tense finish, but United held on to clinch the silverware. Sean Taylor grabbed a brace for the Northumbrians while teammate Josh Hay got his name on the scoresheet.

Sean Bannon and Dan Greenslade gave City hope, but it was to be Amble’s day.

United manager Derek Atwell said: “It was a tremendous effort by the lads. It is our first season in the Northern Alliance Premier Division and the Kicks Leisure Challenge Cup is contested by the teams in the Premier Division, so to win it is brilliant.”

With United currently topping the division, Atwell is hoping to win another trophy by the end of the season.

It is far from certain though.

United lead the way by two points, but have played more games than title rivals Blyth Town, Heaton Stannington and Carlisle City.

United’s league form has taken a bit of a blip of late, winning just two from their last seven Premier Division matches.

On Saturday, they lost 2-1 to Walker Central (see below).

Atwell said: “We have got to muck in and get as many wins as we can from our remaining games. There are always points to be dropped by other teams, so we just have to keep working hard.”

United travel to Stocksfield on Saturday before hosting Ashington Colliers on Wednesday night.

Amble United (v Carlisle City): Patterson, R Douglas, Hume, King, Lillico, C Graham, Harker, Gair, Riddell, Taylor, Hay, M Graham, Flanaghan, Butters, Aisbitt, Shanks.