FC Amble 6 WBFC Whites 1
Pin Point Recruitment, U12, League Five
FC Amble played at home in very windy conditions against an under-strength Whitley Bay team who lost their regular keeper on the morning of the match.
Amble started brightly despite the strong cross-wind and took the lead within three minutes.
T Henshall played a through-ball for D Douglas, who accelerated away from the defence before slotting the ball past the stand-in goalkeeper (0-1).
This should have been a chance for Amble to get the ball down and play, but they struggled to adapt to the wind and after a mix-up at the back, the visiting striker nipped in and slipped the ball past J Belisle in the Amble goal to level the match (1-1).
Amble then tried once again to take control and captain R Paton led by example with a great run that took him past four players, only to be stopped by some good, last-gasp defending.
They restored the lead after 20 minutes when D Tailford took on his man and fired past the on-rushing keeper to find the corner of the goal (2-1).
The Seasiders managed to add a third goal just before the break when E Bell played in M Kerr, who finished smartly from close range to give the home side a 3-1 lead at the break.
The second half kicked off and both teams tried their best to keep the ball down in difficult conditions with the game being played mainly in the centre of the pitch.
Amble gained the breakthrough when M Kerr once again provided a good finish to leave the goalkeeper with no chance (4-1).
The hosts continued to press, but were kept at bay by some good saves.
With the lack of substitutes on the bench, the visitors began to tire and M Kerr scored his hat-trick. He rode a tackle and prodded the ball past the keeper (5-1).
D Wilkie had a chance to score on his home debut shortly after, but was again denied by another good save.
Amble completed the scoring when T Henshall played in a fantastic ball across the six-yard line to where two men were unmarked and E Bell needed no invitation to slot it away to make the final score 6-1 to the Seasiders.
The game was played in very windy conditions but both teams tried their best to keep the ball down and played the match in the right spirit, which is good to see.
Josh Rutherford stepped in to referee and had a great game allowing the game to flow.
Spurreli man-of-the-match: Ross Paton.