Tully and Collins hit hat-tricks for NNL sides
There were two hat-tricks recorded by NNL sides at the weekend, one for Dan Tully of Belford in the league and another from Shilbottle's Kenny Collins in the Minor Cup.
North Sunderland 1
Amble St Cuthbert 3
North Sunderland got off to the worst possible start as two Danny Moyle goals and a Liam Ramsay strike gave Amble a three goal lead within the first ten minutes.
The score remained the same til half time but at the start of the second half Ryan Thompson pulled a goal back for the home club. Play continued to be close for the rest of the half with neither side able to add any further goals before the final whistle.
Belford remain in second place following this win over Rothbury.
Dan Tully gave Belford the lead but two goals from Michael Old and Dan Herron saw Rothbury hit back to lead at half time.
In the second half Neil Jefferson netted an equaliser for Belford before Tully netted twice to complete his hat-trick with Craig Grieve adding a fifth to secure the home win.
Ashington Miners 4
Goals from Sam Cowans and Scott Neal saw the clubs level at half time but in the second half Ashington made sure of the win with further goals from Bradley Higgins (2) and a James Thornton strike.
Connor Cowans added a second for Wooler, but it was the visitors who took all three points.
Heaton Stannington B 2
Shilbottle CW 3
Shilbottle recorded a fine victory in this NFA Minor Cup third round tie switched to Cochrane Park, Newcastle, following a couple of recent postponements due to bad weather.
Play was fairly even early on, but the Colliers took the lead after 20 minutes when Kenny Collins was brought down in the box by the home sides goalkeeper.
Danny Donohoe’s effort from the resultant spot kick was saved but Collins followed up to shoot into an empty net.
The Colliers scored again just before the break when a good ball from Will Farmer set Collins clear to round the keeper and get his second.
Shilbottle led by two goals at the interval but Heaton Stannington struck back ten minutes after the restart through Jamie Anderson to reduce the deficit.
The Colliers regained their two goal advantage on the hour when a tremendous 20 yard volley from Collins found the top corner to complete his hattrick and put Shilbottle in control.
Collins also hit the bar shortly after as the Colliers threatened to increase their lead.
However, they conceded a needless penalty ten minutes from time which was converted by Jamie Anderson which left them hanging on to complete a well earned victory.
Division 1 - Rothbury v Amble St Cuthbert; Shilbottle CW v North Sunderland; Belford v Tweedmouth Harrow.
Division 2 - Springhill v Embleton; Craster v Ashington West End. Ashington Miners v Highfields.