Back from behind

Ellington Hawks...5 Longhoughton Rangers...7

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FOR the second game in a row Rangers fell behind to an early goal, with keeper Phil Brown advancing to assist the defence the ball was chipped over him for the opener.

They levelled came five minutes later, a great one-two between Ben Lack and Tristan Oliver saw Oliver pass the ball out wide to Will Young who scored from an acute angle.

Ellington soon re-took the lead from a corner, the ball whipped in saw an unchallenged header make it 2-1.

Clearly frustrated by a penalty shout and a dubious goalline clearance, the visitors lost their concentration and were caught out with the long pass and Connor Scott, who had replaced Brown in goal due to injury, missed his clearance and the attacker rounded the keeper for a simple tap-in. (3-1).

Again an inspiring team talk saw Rangers race out of the blocks, a great link-up between Ryan Kelly and Beattie saw Beattie’s pass release Oliver, his blistering pace taking him past the Ellington defence and taking his goal with ease. (3-2).

Rangers equalised with a sweeping move from the right, Stamford crossing the ball in at pace and Oliver stroking his shot past the keeper. (3-3).

Another long pass from Ellington saw them re-take the lead a long range shot curling past Scott for 4-3. Playing great passing football, Rangers made the score level, Michael Kirkup taking a fierce shot which deflected off a defender and over the keeper. (4-4).

Rangers were in front for the first time soon after when a corner from the left was cleared to Jack Lane, 25 yards out, whose dipping shot beat the keeper. (4-5). Brimming with confidence, they extended their lead with Liam Tiffin and James Byrne combining to release Oliver on another blistering run before he smashed the ball past the keeper for his hat-trick. (4-6).

Against the run of play that the home side pulled a goal back, a shot from range was hit at such pace that Scotts initial save could not prevent the ball from crossing the line. (5-6).

With five minutes to go nerves were finally settled for the visitors, Josh Potts and Brown, back on the field and playing outfield, passing to Oliver for him to collect his fourth.

Team: P Brown, C Scott, J Lane, C Barreskill, D Thompson, J Potts, L Tiffin, J Beattie, J Byrne, B Lack, R Kelly, M Kirkup, J Stamford, W Young, S Ayre, T Oliver.

Longhoughton Rangers...5 Blyth Rangers Valencia...2

(Nov 6)

THE home side fell behind to an early goal, a cross from the right wasn’t cleared and the ball was stroked past Phil Brown from the left.

Longhoughton fell further behind, against the run of play, when Blyth won a corner and the ball was tapped home when the home side failed to clear.

The half-time team talk seemed to fire Longhoughton up, and they laid siege to the visitors’ half. The tide began to turn when Ayre made his way for goal, his shot was only cleared to Jack Lane 25 yards out, whose curling strike flew past the keeper and off the upright. It was soon 2-2, a great run and pass from Jamie Stamford saw Oliver first to the ball before shooting past the keeper.

With tensions rising, Blyth lost their discipline and a harsh tackle on Young gave the home side a free-kick. Beattie stepped up and struck his curling shot over the Blyth wall and past the keeper. Rangers’ fourth came from a corner, crossed in by Michael Kirkup the ball was met by the head of Oliver.

The home side continuing to press saw them win a penalty when a defender handled in the area. Ayre stepping up to smash the spot kick past the keeper into the bottom right corner for 5-2.

Team: As above.