Welfare show no mercy

Sportsworld North Northumberland League round-up

Division One

ALL the games in the first division – Belford v Shilbottle CW, Berwick United v Rothbury, Embleton WR v Longhoughton Rangers, Springhill v Stobswood United and Wooler v Tweedmouth Harrow – fell victim to the weather.

Division Two

Red Row Welfare...3

AFC Newbiggin...1

RED Row went three points clear at the top of the North Northumberland Division Two after a hard-fought victory in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against bitter rivals Newbiggin.

Both teams were unbeaten going into the game.

The home side started the brighter, playing a good passing game, but Newbiggin opened the scoring with a goal out of nothing when Tony Messenger fired in a fine volley from the edge of the box leaving Marc Mavin with no chance.

This left the home side shell-shocked and Red Row seemed nervous for a 10-minute spell with too many passes going astray.

Red Row got themselves together and drew level when a pin-point Sean Palmer free-kick was flicked in off the end of Karl Taylor’s foot.

The home side finished the half well but were unable to find another goal.

Red Row also started the second-half strongly, playing slick passing football and creating chances at will.

Robert Baker went agonisingly close with a volley from the edge of the box before Kevin Bell forced an excellent save out of the Newbiggin keeper with a 25-yard strike.

Just as it looked like Red Row weren’t going to find a way through, Freathy went close with a rare chance for Newbiggin but Red Row broke down the right with Bell’s shot being parried into the path of Darren Smith, who finished from close range to give the home side the lead.

Newbiggin had an appeal for a penalty turned down before Robert Baker made sure of the win, claiming a goal after it took a big deflection off Newbiggin’s Chris Waters.

Red Row’s second-half performance was probably their best of the season and the way they played ensured they fully deserved their victory.

Red Row squad: M Mavin, J Giles, M Smith, M Straker, D Palmer, K Taylor, S Palmer, R Baker, J Gray, K Bell, D Smith, S Anderson, M Nixon, J Small, J Charlton.

HFC Pizzas man-of-the-match: Sean Palmer.

Tweedmouth Rangers...15

Amble St Cuthbert...0

AS the scoreline suggests, this was a one-sided affair, with the visitors only coming into the game for a short time at the beginning of the second-half.

Eight goals up at half-time, Craig Howard was introduced as substitute and managed to net five times during the half.

Other goal-scorers for Tweedmouth were Peter McAskill, (three), Lee Dodd (two), Rudy McLeod, Andrew Burgess, David Shields, Steve Eamens and Peter Dougall.

All other Division Two games (Bamburgh Castle v Hedgeley Rovers, North Sunderland v Craster Rovers, Shilbottle CW Res v Alnwick Town U21) were postponed due to the snow.

Results

Division One

Belford v Shilbottle CW, Berwick Utd v Rothbury, Embleton WR v Longhoughton Rgs, Springhill v Stobswood Utd, Wooler v Tweedmouth Harrow all PP.

Division Two

Tweedmouth Rgs 15 Amble St Cuthbert 0; Bamburgh Castle v Hedgeley Rovers, North Sunderland v Craster Rovers, Shilbottle CW Res v Alnwick Town U21 all PP; Red Row Welfare 3 AFC Newbiggin 1.

Fixtures

(All kos 2pm unless stated)

Division One

Tweedmouth Harrow v Longhoughton Rangers; Stobswood Utd v Embleton WR; Wooler v Shilbottle CW; Springhill v Belford.

Division Two

Alnmouth Utd v AFC Newbiggin; Hedgeley Rovers v Alnwick Town U21; Amble St Cuthbert v Red Row Welfare; Bamburgh Castle v Craster Rovers; Shilbottle Res v Tweedmouth Rangers.