Amble Utd...4 Blyth Town...2
NFA Senior Benevolent Bowl, Quarter-Final
AMBLE welcomed Premier Division side Blyth Town to the Running Track pitch to play in the NFA quarter-final of the Senior Benevolent Bowl.
The home side started the brightest playing some good, attacking football and took the lead in the 14th minute when SeanTaylor headed home from close range (1-0).
Amble put the Blyth defence under all sorts of pressure and went two-up in the 35th minute when Sean Taylor made a darting run through the visitors’ defence, beating three players and squaring a good ball for Adam Shanks, who fired into the bottom left-hand corner of the net (2-0).
After this, Amble played the better football, creating some very good chances. They went three- up in the 41st minute, after some very good approach-play Bradley Wake, who was there to fire the ball home (3-0).
However, Blyth got a goal back in the 45th minute when Daniel Beresford made a good run up the left and fired his shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net making the score 3-1 at half-time.
After the interval, Amble kept up the pace but could not put their chances away.
Blyth gradually came into the game a bit more and they also had one or two opportunities, but were equally wasteful.
Amble increased their lead in the 65th minute when the ball hit Sean Taylor on the knee for Adam Shanks to pick it up, out-pace the Blyth defence and fire his shot home for his second, giving the visitors’ keeper David Dent no chance (4-1).
The visitors finished the game strongly and got another goal back in the 81st minute when Daniel Beresford fired home for his second (4-2).
But the score remained the same until the final whistle, taking Amble into the semi-final of the cup.
This was very fine all-round team performance in a game in which Amble were by far the better team.
Amble from: A Patterson, G Dance, R Baker, D King, R Stewart, L Harker, B Wake, R Gair, S Taylor, A Shanks, D Riddell, R Douglas, J Hay, B Aisbitt, R Brown, M Hume. Match sponsor: Kieran Noble-Eddy, Carpentry and Joinery. Tavern man-of-the-match: Ross Stewart.