Colliers dig out an amazing comeback

Wallsend Boys’ Club 3 Shilbottle CW 4

NFA Minor Cup, Round Two

North Northumberland League side Shilbottle produced a tremendous performance to come from three goals down to get the better of their Northern Alliance opponents at a wet and windy Centurion Park, Wallsend.

Play was fairly even at the outset with neither team creating much in difficult conditions. The Boys’ Club finally broke the deadlock after 25 minutes with a fine headed goal from a corner.

Wallsend increased their lead five minutes later when they capitalised on a poor back-pass and when a third goal followed shortly after, the game looked up for the Colliers. But five minutes before the break they were thrown a life-line with a great headed goal from Liam Brooks, who powered home a Phil Grey cross.

Shilbottle still had plenty to do in the second half, but within five minutes of the restart had pulled a further goal back when Matty Graham converted a penalty following a foul in the box.

The Colliers were back in the game and continued to press as they began to get the upper hand. They were rewarded on the hour when a good finish from Josh Hay went in off a post following good work by Richard Brown down the left flank.

The Colliers then had the bit of luck needed to win any game when a tremendous strike from a Wallsend forward struck the top of the bar and a fine save by Andrew Wilson in the Shilbottle goal kept the scores level.

The Colliers completed an amazing comeback on 75 minutes when a cracking 30yard drive from Chris Graham skidded off the wet surface to deceive the Wallsend keeper to put his side in front for the first time.

Fine defending during the final 15 minutes ensured there was no come-back from a deflated Wallsend side as Shilbottle held out for an outstanding victory.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, C Graham, B Balmbra, R Hume, P White, P Grey, M Graham, A Brown, J Hay, L Brooks, C Flanighan. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Chris Graham.

Seven clubs from the North Northumberland League made it into the next round. They included Highfields United, who beat Gosforth Bohemains Reserves.

Amble St Cuthbert netted three times in a win over NCL Medicals. Tweedmouth Rangers scored six against Lowick United. Rothbury progressed after goals from Matt Crane and Michael Old gave them an extra-time win over Tyneside FC, while Lynemouth Anglers lost against Seaton Burn FC.