North Northumberland League Round-up
Belford 5 Springhill 1
Springhill had plenty of possession throughout this game but failed to trouble the Belford defence.
Against the run of play, Craig Grieve gave Belford a 20th-minute lead. A Fraser Tait penalty after 43minutes doubled the lead before half-time.
Play was much the same after half-time but on 56 minutes, Neil Jefferson added a third for Belford. Craig Grieve got his second on 60 minutes with a deflected shot from Darren Thompson making it five.
Springhill did pull a goal back through a Mark Lockhart chip after 85 minutes.
Berwick United 3
Red Row Welfare 7
This was a good, competitive game, with Berwick leading twice in the first half and Red Row also scoring twice to see the teams level at half-time.
Red Row then hit Berwick with four goals in five minutes at the start of the second half to end the game as a contest, but before the end, both teams netted one more goal each.
Scorers for Berwick were Mark Douglas, Robert Curle and Darren Cromarty, while a Paul Smith hat-trick, two from Darren Smith and further goals by Sean Palmer and Michael Straker made up the Red Row total.
North Sunderland 5
Tweedmouth Harrow 0
North Sunderland were in control for most of this game and created plenty of chances with two Andrew Robertson goals separating the teams at half-time.
At the start of the second half, Harrow lost their goal-keeper through injury and the home team took full advantage to net three more times with Neil McFarlane, David Davison and Anthony Brannigan all on target.
Shilbottle CW 0
AFC Newbiggin 3
In a close first half, Shilbottle had two good chances to score while a Tony Messenger effort forced a good save from the Shilbottle keeper.
Half-time arrived goalless but 15 minutes into the second half, Tony Messenger beat the off-side trap to put Newbiggin ahead.
Newbiggin doubled the advantage when Jonathan McEnaney ran through to score and, with Shilbottle pressing, McEnaney broke away to fire a third goal into the bottom corner to seal the win.
Wooler Reserves 0
Bamburgh Castle 5
It was men against boys as Bamburgh dominated this game from the first whistle.
Wooler’s inexperience showed as they failed to create many chances, while the visitors netted four times in the first half. Wooler did improve after half-time and contained Bamburgh to only one goal before full-time.
Ian Patten with a hat-trick and single goals from Seb Tanney and Gareth McCann made up the final Bamburgh total.
Amble St Cuthbert 2
Craster Rovers 5
Following a big improvement on the previous week’s performance Amble went ahead after Tim Young scored direct from a corner, with Craster equalising shortly afterwards.
On 44 minutes, a long through-ball saw Karl Taylor flick it past the keeper to give Amble the lead at half-time.
After half-time, Amble held their own until the closing stages when Craster came back to take the points with four goals of their own.
Goal-scorers for Craster were James Thorpe, two, Joe Sleighholme, Bobby Greenley and Edwin Gillon.
Boulmer FC 2 Lowick United 7
A young Lowick team kept up their impressive start to the season with a comfortable win at Boulmer.
Mick Barlow and James Whallis netted for Boulmer during the first half but Lowick netted five times in reply.
It was much the same after half-time but Lowick only netted twice more before the final whistle.
Stuart Payne and Issac Silva scored two each with single goals coming from Karl Chapman, Steven Fairbairn and Liam Hindmarsh.
Tweedmouth Rangers 5
Shilbottle CW Reserves 1
Shilbottle fell away badly in the later stages of this game at the Billendean, Spittal, as Tweedmouth ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Following a fairly even opening period, it was the Berwick side that took the lead after 10 minutes’ play.
The Reserves came more into the game as the half progressed and were unlucky not to draw level on the half-hour as Kenny Collins put a good header just wide of the target.
Scott Muckle then brought a good save from the Berwick keeper as Shilbottle pressed for an equaliser.
Tweedmouth still led by the only goal at the interval but the reserves hit back to draw level shortly after the the restart.
A good ball from Glen Robson found Michael Brown on the edge of the box and his well-struck short found the back of the net.
Shilbottle were now in the ascendancy but a goal out of the blue put Tweedmouth back in front when a long-range, lofted ball found the top corner of the Shilbottle net.
Michael Brown almost put the Reserves level when a good effort was just tipped around a post by the Rangers keeper.
Despite their effort, Shilbottle could not force an equaliser and three late goals in the last five minutes of play by Tweedmouth gave them a comfortable victory.
Shilbottle: K Roper, K Lowes, G Robson, B Balmbra, J Dixon, S Muckle, M Brown, R Cooke, J Mowbray, R Jackson, K Collins, M Fowler. Shilbottle man-of-the-match: John Mowbray.
l It was confirmed on Friday night that Alnwick Town A have resigned from the league with immediate effect.
Belford 5 Springhill 1; Berwick Utd 3 Red Row Welfare 7; North Sunderland 5 Tweedmouth Harrow 0; Shilbottle CW 0 AFC Newbiggin 3.
Wooler Res 0 Bamburgh Castle 5; Amble St Cuthbert 2 Craster Rovers 5; Boulmer FC 2 Lowick Utd 7; Tweedmouth Rgs 5 Shilbottle CW Res 1.