Amble Utd...4 Newcastle University...1
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PROUD Amble United boss Derek Atwell praised the hard work and spirit of his players after the Northumbrians clinched the Northern Alliance Division One title at the weekend.
A 4-1 triumph over Newcastle University on Saturday secured the silverware for the Seasiders, who won the league in their manager’s first season in charge.
And things could get even better for United, as they set their sights on adding more trophies to their cabinet this season – with the boys from Amble contesting two cup finals next month, with clashes against Wallsend Town and Newcastle University.
“We are targeting the treble,” said Atwell, himself a former United player.
Reflecting on a great season, which has seen his side unbeaten in the league, he said: “It feels brilliant to win the title. The lads have been tremendous and have been a credit to themselves all season.
“It has been down to hard work and everyone has pulled together.”
Knowing victory against University would secure the title, United got off to the best possible start when Hay slammed home after just 49 seconds.
United doubled the lead on the half-hour when Hay latched on to a crossfield ball and converted to make it 2-0.
The students hauled themselves back into the game just before the interval when Savitt got between the home defence to score an opportunist goal, to reduce the arrears.
Soon after the break, United made it 3-1 when Shanks received the ball and rifled it into the right-hand corner, leaving the keeper stranded.
University player Fisher hit the United bar from a corner as the away side pushed forward.
But the Seasiders made it 4-1 when, after good work from Hay on the right, Shanks took his cross on the run and slotted home.
It was another good performance from Amble in which everyone in the squad played their part.
With the team looking forward to playing Northern Alliance Premier Division football next term, Atwell hopes to ‘push on’, setting his sights on a top-half finish, at least.
“A good season would be to finish in the top six, but let’s finish as high as we can, but enjoy it as well,” said Atwell, who praised Ronnie and Brenda Falkous and the rest of the committee for their support throughout the season.
Amble from: A Patterson, G Dance, R Baker, R Stewart, D King, S Taylor, D Riddell, R Gair, A Shanks, J Hay, C Graham, R Douglas, R Brown, B Aisbitt, R Hume, A Turvey. Tavern man-of-the-match: Darren Riddell. Match sponsor: Kieran Noble Eddy, Carpentry and Joinery. Next match, home Heddon, kick-off 2.30pm.