Colliers move into second with victory

Division Two

Seaton Burn 1 Shilbottle CW 3

Shilbottle moved up to second place in the league table with this comfortable victory at a rain-lashed Seaton Burn Recreational Ground on Saturday.

The Colliers got off to a decent start and created several early chances before finally taking the lead after 25 minutes when Ross Gair seized on a loose ball in the box to shoot home (0-1).

The advantage was extended five minutes later when Brad Wake headed home from close range following a Ross Gair free-kick (0-2).

The Colliers led by two goals at the interval and moved further ahead just after the hour-mark when a good through-ball from Matty Graham set Josh Hay clear and he made no mistake with a fine finish (0-3).

At this stage, Seaton Burn had rarely threatened but they did pull a goal back 15 minutes from time. A needless free-kick let to a long ball into the box, which fell to Chris Carr to fire into the top corner (1-3).

There was still time for the Colliers to create further chances with a fine drive from Richard Brown well saved by the home keeper and a good chance for Rikki Hume who headed wide when he should have scored, but the Colliers held on for a comfortable win.

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

Shilbottle CW 4 Swalwell 2

Shilbottle were quickly back to winning ways following their first defeat of the season the previous weekend as they got the better of their Tyneside opponents last Wednesday at the Welfare ground.

The Colliers made a bright start and broke through after 10 minutes’ play when another free-kick from Grey was only parried by the Swalwell keeper and Ross Gair followed up to shoot home (1-0).

However, the advantage was short-lived as Swalwell hit back with an equaliser a couple of minutes later as Brian Allen capitalised on slack marking in the Shilbottle defence (1-1).

The interval arrived with the scores leve,l but the Colliers were quickly back in front following the restart.

A good through-ball from Brad Wake put Josh Hay in the clear and he made no mistake with a smart finish (2-1).

Hay scored again five minutes later when he converted form close range following good work by Liam Brooks to pull the ball back (3-1).

However, 10 minutes from time Swalwell pulled a good back when Danny Igo broke clear to score (3-2).

The match was settled five minutes from time when good play between Ross Gair and Brad Wake set up Josh Hay to score his hat-trick and end the game in Shilbottle’s favour.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, M Brown, B Balmbra, R Hume, L Hume, P Grey, R Gair, B Wake, L Books, J Hay, R Stewart, C Flanighan, J Hindhaugh. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Josh Hay. Match sponsor: Douglas E Ward (Engineers) Ltd, Seaton Del.