Amble’s effort deserved more


Whitley Bay BC Whites 6 FC Amble Juniors 2

On a very wet day FC Amble travelled to Whitley Bay and, credit to both teams, they coped well with the difficult conditions.

Both teams played some good football in the first quarter with Amble’s Brandon McCann going one-on-one with the keeper, who pulled off a good save with his feet.

Whitley attacked and were awarded a corner when Benjamin Southward made a timely interception to put the ball out for Amble. From a corner whipped into the penalty area, Robert Straughan cleared the Amble lines.

Going into the last few seconds of the quarter, Whitley’s last move down the left led to a cross into the box that was a little too high for Niall Black and their forward finished into an empty net, 1-0.

David Purvis won the ball for Amble then played the ball to Brandon McCann who, with only the keeper to beat, was denied by another good save. McCann and Purvis combined well, playing a lovely one-two, before the defender put in a good tackle winning the ball.

Whitley attacked again with Niall Black pulling off a save, which led to a goal mouth scramble in which Wilf Campbell came out on top playing his way to safety.

Two good strong headers from Joseph Flanighan and David Purvis kept Whitley at bay in the early stages of the second quarter. Keeping the pressure on Amble however, Whitley scored their second of the match for a 2-0 lead.

Zack Davison set up Amble’s first goal with a sweet pass to David Purvis. He played a square ball to Brandon McCann who, unmarked and with time on his hands just inside the penalty area, took his goal well, placing the ball into the bottom corner, 2-1.

Whitley then scored goal number three, and were fortunate to get a fourth with an own goal from Amble, 4-1.

McCann, who was deep in his own half, played a good ball to David Purvis who raced virtually the full length of the field and finished well, 4-2.

Ross Ramsay, playing on the right, had a good effort that went just wide of the target, and with his defensive duties he never stopped running back, making some good tackles against the lively left winger for Whitley.

Mathew Thompson also worked hard, making some surging runs into the Whitley half and into the penalty area to be stopped at the last minute by good tackles from the Whitley centre backs.

Whitley then scored two late goals in the closing minutes of the game for a 6-2 score.

Amble played well, created chances, showed character and determination in this match, and were unfortunate not to come away with a share of the points.

Amble: N Black, R Straughan, B Southward, R Ramsay, M Thompson, D Purvis, J Flanighan, W Campbell, Z Davison, B McCann.

Amble man-of-the-match: David Purvis. Amble sponsor: Sterlingsilk.