Amble come through early tough test


Heaton Hawks...2

FC Amble Juniors...2

AMBLE U15s travelled to Heaton Hawks to start their league campaign against tough opposition.

The match enjoyed an exciting start as James Oliver had a shot from distance, which was blocked.

Andy Flanighan’s darting run into the box past two players almost led to a goal but for a good sliding tackle from the third defender.

Ali Batey was next to break into the box.

He cut inside with the keeper saving his left-footed shot. Amble then split the Heaton defence three more times but the linesman flagged offside in all three, which were probably the wrong decisions.

However, it was the hosts who struck first as a corner was glanced in (1-0).

Amble’s heads didn’t drop and Callum Fenwick’s shot struck the bar.

Next, Oliver floated in a corner and Matty Hunter nodded the ball just over the bar. Again Amble struck the bar as Oliver took a shot from inside the box.

Heaton were next on the attack, Cameron Roper was on hand to make a terrific save down low.

Jordan King was then through on goal and he cut it back, laying on the ball for Jason Imeson, whose curling shot went just wide.

Again the home side broke but Roper was there to stop the striker finishing.

This was followed by a swift Amble counter-attack in which Max Anderson’s curling effort flew just wide.

The keeper’s kick was a poor one and the ball was scrambled to Imeson, who finished emphatically in the top corner. A brilliant goal was followed by a brilliant celebration as he danced his way back into position with Matty Hunter (1-1).

However, one minute later Heaton nudged back in front with a terrific finish in the bottom corner (2-1).

Amble bounced back 30 seconds later.

Batey finished with a glancing header from a superb Oliver corner (2-2).

A brilliant first half was followed by a rough second half with tackles flying in left, right and centre.

Half-chances fell Amble’s way. Imeson’s ball for Fenwick was just too hard, which gave the keeper a chance to come out and gather.

Through the latter stages, the Hawks pushed further upfield, having four chances on goal, followed by four fantastic saves from the ever-impressive Roper.

Amble: C Roper, R Straughan, A Flanighan, M Hunter, M Anderson, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J Oliver, J King, A Batey, B Heckels. Man-of-the-match: Jason Imeson. Match sponsor: Lorimer and Son Plasterers’ and Tilers.