North Northumberland League round-up
New boys Tweedmouth Rangers continued the good start as goals from Craig Howard, Kerian Cromarty, Mitchell Simpson and Gary Robertson saw them beat Rothbury, whose single goal was scored by Richard Hooks.
North Sunderland got their season under way with goals from Bobby Douglas and Robert Scott.
Visitors Springhill netted seven times through Michael Antcliffe and Chris Jenkins, two each, and single strikes from Colin Young, David Jardine and Stuart Thompson.
In a local derby at Berwick, Craig Anderson, Andy Burgon and Owen Bendzies all scored for Tweedmouth Harrow.
Highfields United took the win, with strikes from Robert Curle (two), Sandro and Simon Hargreaves.
Red Row Welfare 1
Shilbottle CW 4
Shilbottle maintained their winning start to the season as they got the better of Red Row for the second time in a fortnight following their recent victory in the final of the Stephen Carey Memorial Cup.
Play was fairly even in the opening period with goal-scoring chances few and far between.
Liam Brooks shot just over the bar for the Colliers and Marc Nixon missed a golden chance for Red Row when clean through on goal.
The interval arrived without a goal but the Colliers were quickly into the ascendancy once the second period began.
Brooks had an effort cleared off the line before Josh Hay put Shilbottle ahead when he headed home an Ali Turvey cross after 50 minutes’ play.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when a through-ball from Brooks put Hay clear to register his second.
It was pretty much one way traffic at this stage and Matty Graham got a third for the Colliers following an error by the Red Row keeper.
With five minutes to play, Josh Hay got Shilbottle’s fourth and completed his hat-trick in the process.
In the last minute, Shaun Palmer pulled a goal back for Red Row from a deflected free-kick but it was all too little too late as the Colliers ran out convincing winners.
Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, C Graham, P Grey, B Balmbra, R Hume, M Graham, A Turvey, L Brooks, J Hay, C Flanighan, R Brown, P White, B Wake. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Josh Hay.
James Spencer and James Guthrie netted for Wooler Reserves in a win at Lynemouth, whose goal was scored by Jake Toole.
New boys Wansbeck Juniors went goal crazy as Michael Freathy netted five plus single strikes from Michael Robinson, Ritchie Hall, Josh Monaghan, Martin Humble and Stephen Frater making up the final total against Alnmouth, whose two consolation goals came from Kyle Fenley and John Bourne.
A Kevin Greshon hat-trick plus an Alex Birdon goal saw Lowick United beat Embleton WR, whose goals came from Jordan Frost (two) and Jason Imeson.
Craster Rovers and Duns FC played out a goalless draw at the Windmill Field.
Amble St Cuthbert 1
Hedgeley Rovers 0
The Cuddies’ first match at the Running Track pitch brought three deserved points, although they were profligate in front of goal.
Amble had most of the play, with Hedgeley restricted to rare breaks but the shots of Timmy Young, Tim Hamilton, Ethan Iredale all found Hedgeley’s young custodian Craig Speight in solid form between the sticks.
Liam Ramsey looked sure to put the Cuddies ahead but his firm shot crashed off the crossbar.
At last, the breakthrough came as tricky winger Timmy Young cooly chipped the ball over Speight on 35 minutes.
The second half brought fewer chances, Josh Harrison coming closest when he outpaced the Rovers’ defence but squewed his finish wide from a tight angle.
Hedgeley, as always, gave a hundred per cent effort but offered little threat to the solid-looking Amble back four as the Cuddies collected their first three points of the new season.
Match sponsor: Amble Tyre Services.
Post match hospitality: Radcliffe WM Club.