Amble steal a march on league leaders



Berwick Rangers...3

FC Amble Juniors...5

AMBLE made ground on league leaders Prudhoe with victory over basement side Berwick Rangers on Sunday.

They moved to within two points of Prudhoe YC Reds, who lost 1-2 at home to third-placed side Whitley Coast Soccer.

Amble attacked Berwick from the first whistle, with Jordan King winning the ball on the edge of the box.

He set up Max Anderson with a long-range effort going over the Berwick crossbar.

Callum Fenwick had Amble’s next chance, his shot going just wide of the net. Ali Batey drifted out to the right and played in a good ball, with Jordan King just missing it. But James Oliver was on hand at the back post to put Amble in front (0-1).

An Oliver throw on the left was chested down by Batey for King to hit a great volley with the outside of his left foot which flew just wide of the target.

Fenwick then played a good through-ball to Batey. The keeper read it well, came off his line to collect the ball first. Oliver whipped in a corner, which was met by Batey with a fantastic header into the roof of the net (0-2).

Amble’s midfield of Fenwick, Little, Imeson and Oliver pushed further upfield looking for a third.

A quick throw-in by Ronan Straughan found Jason Imeson, who played the ball into the Berwick penalty area. Oliver got to it first and placed his shot wide of the target. Berwick then caught Amble on the break allowing their midfielder to run through on goal with a good finish (1-2).

Amble soon restored their two-goal advantage, with Fenwick’s run down the right and another superb cross into the box. Imeson just missed the ball but King finished first time at the back post for a 1-3 lead.

Andy Flanighan was next to make an attempt on the Berwick goal with a free-kick, which was deflected behind for a corner.

With the clock ticking, Amble had one more chance – an Imeson shot on target, which their keeper held onto well, with King ready to pounce on any chance of a rebound.

Berwick had the last attack of the half. They played the ball into the Amble penalty area, it struck an arm and a penalty was given.

The Berwick captain stepped up, taking his goal well, for a 2-3 score at half-time.

Into the second half, Fenwick set up Nathan Potts for a long-range effort which went inches over the Berwick goal.

Amble then scored goal number four with King showing his strength inside the Berwick penalty area, winning the ball, then going on to score his first of the game (2-4).

The visitors continued to press, with Potts’ persistence winning the ball again inside the Berwick penalty area. It paid off as he placed the ball into the bottom corner for a 2-5 score.

Berwick were then awarded another penalty minutes later, when their player was tripped in the box.

The captain stepped up again to score his second of the game (3-5).

The defence of Straughan, Aston, Imeson, Flanighan and Heckels kept it tight for the remainder of the game, while Amble still enjoyed more chances, with Max Anderson hitting a shot over the bar.

Cameron Roper came off his line quickly to stop another attack on the Amble goal and made a couple of good saves to keep the two-goal advantage intact into the closing stages of the game.

Amble’s next attack went out for a corner, which was whipped in by Oliver and helped on by Billy Heckels to Potts, who just missed out on his second goal. Oliver again set up Potts to lay the ball off to Batey, whose shot on target was saved by the Berwick stopper.

Amble: C Roper, R Straughan, A Flanighan, J Aston, M Anderson, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J Oliver, J King, A Batey, B Heckels, N Potts. Amble man-of-the-match: Max Anderson. Amble match sponsor: Lorimer & Son Plasterers’ & Tilers.