Castle conquer in a close cup encounter

Craster V Alnmouth'''Action from Saturdays seaside clash, Craster in red
Craster V Alnmouth'''Action from Saturdays seaside clash, Craster in red

North Northumberland League round-up

Bilclough Cup, Round One

Bamburgh Castle 4

Boulmer FC 3 (aet)

In a close encounter, Bamburgh Castle just saw off a determined Boulmer side.

Mike Barlow gave Boulmer the lead midway through the first half, charging down the keeper’s clearance before squeezing the ball in at the near-post. Chances were few, though Gaz McCann hit the post before Johnny Johnson fed Sam Aldred who finished well to level just before half-time.

Chris Dalton put Bamburgh ahead five minutes after the restart before the dangerous Stuart Sullivan cut in from the left and fired home for two-all.

Extra-time loomed with both teams unable to create further openings. Harry Roberts nearly put Bamburgh into the lead, before Dan Johnson restored their lead in the 112th minute, but just three minutes later, Sullivan’s free-kick from outside the area beat the wall and the keeper to make it all-square once more. Penalties loomed, until skipper and man-of-the-match Johnny Johnson sealed it with two minutes to go.

Bamburgh: P Douglas, S Tanney, C Bell, A Baillie, A MacKay, W Farmer, D Johnson, S Aldred, G McCann, C Dalton, J Johnson. Subs: K Leung, H Roberts, A Baillie, D Egdell. Match sponsor: Elmbank Coastal Retreat.

AFC Newbiggin 4 Rothbury 0

Two Michael Freathy goals after five and 25 minutes gave Newbiggin the lead at half-time after a hard-fought midfield battle.

In the second half, Freathy completed his hat-trick with Tony Messenger also on the scoresheet for Newbiggin.

Craster Rovers 3

Alnmouth Utd 4

Alnmouth progressed into the second round in this seven-goal thriller at Windmill Park. Craster’s three goals in a frantic final seven minutes weren’t enough as Alnmouth clung on.

Having been presented with new training tops before the game, by David Whitehead of the Jolly Fisherman, Craster looked to bounce back from their last poor result.

Alnmouth took the lead when a throw found the defence static, Turnbull released John Spears to calmly slot home.

In the second half, with little threat on goal, they started to push further up the field chasing an equaliser, this allowed Alnmouth space to counter and this proved the route to goal as Spears claimed a second following a four-on-four break. A perfectly-delivered free-kick found Frost at the back post to head home, then Frost returned the favour with Breeze flicking home a header.

Craster looked finished at this point but with seven minutes to play a speculative shot from Clarke was parried by the keeper, Thorpe nipped in to start the comeback.

Craster now started to pump the ball into the visitors’ box at every opportunity and the pressure began to tell; Woolhouse turned sharply with back to goal to keep the momentum going. Clarke made it three in the dying seconds while Thorpe’s header sailed just wide but it wasn’t enough.

Craster man-of-the-match: Thomas Davidson. Match sponsor: D Hogg, Fishing trips, Craster.

North Sunderland 10

Amble St Cuthbert 0

Amble were no match for their first division opponents as they went out of the cup following this heavy defeat.

Seven goals ahead at half-time, they eased up after the break but still managed three more before the final whistle.

A hat-trick from Andrew Robertson, two from Carl Avery and single strikes by Dean Avery, Stuart Campbell, Ross Stanton, Anthony Brannighan and David Davison made up the home club total.

Division Two

Wooler Res 4

Tweedmouth Rangers 3

Wooler gained their first points of the season as Lee Redpath, Jack Strangeways, Steven Skeen and James Jeffrey all scored. Tweedmouth’s replies came from Craig Todd (two), plus a Craig Walker goal.

Lowick Utd 4

Shilbottle CW Res 1

Despite having a fair share of the play, the Reserves ended up well beaten.

Play was end-to-end until Lowick took the lead on the half-hour with a dubious goal.

A Lowick player looked well offside as he broke clear but the referee over-ruled the linesman and allowed the goal.

Shortly after, the Shilbottle keeper Liam Roper had to leave the field with a head injury following a collision and, within 10 minutes, it was 2-0.

Within five minutes of the restart, Lowick had made it three. A corner into the box was dropped into his own net by stand-in keeper Andrew Wilson.

Shilbottle fought back and got a goal back on 75 minutes when John Mowbray converted a penalty, but Lowick put the game to bed with a fourth goal a couple of minutes before time.

Shilbottle: L Roper, A Pringle, G Robson, K Lowes, B Balmbra, S Muckle, Rob Brown, J Mowbray, M Brown, J Donohoe, R Jackson, A Wilson, N Moore, J York. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Robert Brown.