WOOLER bounced back from their heavy defeat of last week with a hard-earned victory at Embleton which sees them move a step closer to the North Northumberland Football League First Division title.
Wooler were quick out of the blocks and were two up inside 10 minutes with goals from Lee Redpath and James Jeffrey.
Embleton, to their credit, never gave up but further pressure from the visitors saw them increase their lead to 3-0 at half-time when James Scott was on hand to finish a flowing move.
The second half started as the first did with Wooler going into a 4-0 lead when Lee Redpath scored his second.
A valiant effort from the young Embleton team saw them give Wooler a shock with late goals from Adam Pringle from the penalty-spot and Mark Forrest.
Unfortunately this was too little, too late and Wooler ran out comfortable winners.
One more victory will see them crowned champions.
LAIDLER LANCASTER CUP
SPRINGHILL failed to perform their heroics of last week in this Laidler Lancaster Cup game with Rothbury just edging it thanks to goals in either half from Michael Old and Gavin Dick.
Springhill were always in the game but never quite took control and as such Rothbury are into the next round of the cup.
Tweedmouth Rangers and Tweedmouth Harrow played in the game of the day and it took penalties to split them at the end.
Rangers took an early lead through Craig Walker and a Harrow equaliser from an Andy Burgon free-kick saw the team’s level 1-1 at half-time.
The second half saw Craig Todd give the Harrow the lead and it was not until 10 minutes from the end of normal time that Kieron Cromarty popped up with a header to take the game into extra-time.
Extra-time saw the Harrow again forge ahead when Darren Flannigan was on hand to score and it was not until five minutes from the end that Craig Colquhoun equalised for Rangers.
Penalties saw Tweedmouth retain their nerve better and they ran out winners 7-6.
Berwick United, flying high in Division One, were brought down to earth with a bump by Craster Rovers who are mid-table in Division Two.
All seemed to be going well for the First Division side when Robert Curle gave the home side the lead after 10 minutes and for the rest of the half Berwick United appeared totally in control of the game.
The second half saw Craster Rovers equalise through Jonny Clark and this gave them the impetus to drive forward and get the winner through Mark Chatterton.
North Sunderland and Longhoughton Rangers also played out a Division One against Division Two fixture and again the second division came out on top.
A goal from Andrew Robertson saw the home side ahead at the interval 1-0.
Further goals from Ryan Thompson and a second from Andrew Roberston saw North Sunderland safely through to the next round of the cup.
Matt Sullivan notched a consolation goal for Longhoughton.
RED Row Welfare gained another three valuable points in their quest for promotion against fifth-placed Alnwick Town U21s in a comfortable 8-2 victory.
Goals from Michael Straker, Kevin Bell, Darren Smith, Ronnie Warwick and Darren Smith with Danny Donoghue scoring for the U21s saw Red Row winning 4-1 at half-time.
Further efforts for Red Row from Josh Baston, Karl Taylor and two from Matthew Charlton saw the home side cruising before Danny Donoghue scored another for Alnwick Town U21s to make the final score 8-2.
Bamburgh Castle were in control from the start of their home game against Amble Saint Cuthbert when goals from Darren Egdell and Alex McKay saw them into an early 2-0 lead.
Further goals from Jonny Johnson, with two, and one from Chris Dalton saw the home side go in at half-time 5-0 ahead.
The second half was much the same as the first when goals from Chris Dalton, Jason Liddell and Jonny Johnson, completing his hat-trick, saw the home side run out winners 8-0.
AFC Newbiggin continued their chase of league leaders Red Row and ran out easy winners in a 12-0 thrashing of lowly Hedgeley Rovers.
Goals for Newbiggin were scored by Michael Freathy, with four, Chris McLelland, with four, as well as single goals from Tony Messenger, Jordan Muldoon, Andrew Davidson and Matthew Armstrong.
Alnmouth United and Shilbottle CW Reserves played this local derby in good spirit and it wasn’t until midway through the second half that the away side eventually took a grip on the game.
Ryan Taylor gave Alnmouth the lead on 15 minutes before Matthew Hardy equalised on 25 minutes for Shilbottle.
John Mowbray gave Shilbottle the lead from the penalty spot on the half-hour and the crucial goal was scored by Wayne Scott on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
Alnmouth continued to stay with the visitors and were rewarded when Adam Harris brought the score back to 3-2.
However late efforts from Michael Brown and Steven Passey saw Shilbottle home 5-2.