FC Amble U10...2 Ponteland U10...5
NMSL U10 Premier B Division
AMBLE came off second best against a very strong Ponteland side on a crisp January morning in this league encounter.
After an early-morning pitch inspection, manager Barry Paton deemed it was playable and the match was on.
Ponteland started the brighter of the two teams and forced keeper T Hall into the first save of the match.
Amble then created the next chance, with D Ramshaw just putting his shot wide after being played in by J Ford.
The first goal of the match went to Ponteland from the penalty spot with a well-struck shot giving T Hall no chance.
This did not deter Amble and they battled back and equalised after 19 minutes when J Ford broke through the midfield and kept running for goal before dispatching the ball past the visiting goalkeeper (1-1).
With half-time looming Amble switched off and allowed Ponteland back in to the lead with almost the last kick of the half (1-2).
Amble came out and had their best spell of the match after the break where they controlled the midfield and went close through D Handyside. It was, however, Ponteland who scored next after a defensive error which once again saw T Hall exposed and left with no chance against a well-taken finish (1-3).
With Ponteland thinking they had done enough the youngsters from Amble refused to lie down and with grit and determination got themselves back in to the match after great work from D Handyside set up J Ford to finish in style (2-3).
Sensing they now had a chance Amble went for broke and pushed forward leaving themselves wide open at the back. They were punished by a very strong Ponteland side who took advantage and scored two quick goals to give them an unassailable 2-5 lead.
Unperturbed, Amble continued to press and diminutive striker D Ramshaw, who never stopped running all day, was denied a deserved goal when his shot came back off the post with the keeper well beaten.
Despite the defeat, Amble did not stop trying against a team that will be favourites to take the title and certainly did not disgrace themselves with a workmanlike display.
Spurreli’s man-of-the-match: D Handyside.