Colliers on rampage

North Northumberland League round-up

Division One

Rothbury and North Sunderland shared the points after debutant Christopher Coe and Sam Proudlock scored for Rothbury and Neil MacFarlane and Chris Hay were on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Bamburgh Castle 1

Springhill 0

Springhill started well, playing neat football and had Bamburgh in trouble early in the game.

Twice through on goal, the visitors should have scored.

Bamburgh had to dig in as Springhill continued on the offensive and gradually play evened out.

It was stand-in skipper Danny Johnson who opened the scoring after half-an-hour to put the home team ahead (1-0).

Gareth McCann almost doubled the lead soon after, but saw his shot across goal brilliantly saved by the Springhill keeper.

Bamburgh began the second half with purpose. McCann hit a post and shot wide, while at the other end, Bamburgh keeper Chris Stanwix was in top form, preserving a narrow lead.

No further goals came as a solid team performance saw Bamburgh take a welcome three points.

Bamburgh: C Stanwix, A Baillie, S Archer, D Egdell, J Quinlan, D Johnson,W Farmer, N Moore, S Aldred, G McCann, J Dixon, S Tanney, D Mitchell, K Leung. Man-of-the-match: Will Farmer. Match sponsor: Stablewood Coastal Cottages.

Shilbottle CW 8

Tweedmouth Harrow 2

Shilbottle continued their winning ways at the top of Division One with this comfortable victory at the Welfare Ground.

The Colliers opened the scoring after only two minutes when a long ball from Ryan Douglas saw Josh Hay lob the advancing Harrow keeper (1-0).

In an action-packed opening period, Liam Brooks had a good effort well saved, only for the Harrow to be awarded a penalty.

A fine diving save by Andrew Wilson in the Colliers goal maintained his side’s advantage and, within five minutes, Shilbottle had won a penalty of their own.

Ryan Douglas was tripped in the box, but Matty Graham’s penalty was blocked by the Harrow keeper, only for Josh Hay to follow up and score from the rebound (2-0).

Within a further five minutes, Hay had scored again to complete his hat-trick and give the Colliers a three-goal lead at the interval (3-0).

The second half began in much the same vein, with Hay having another effort well saved before Ryan Douglas struck a great 25-yard drive into the roof of the net (4-0).

Almost from the restart, a poor defensive error allowed the Harrow to pull a goal back, only for Liam Brooks to restore the Colliers’ four-goal advantage shortly after (5-1).

A well-taken goal by Josh Hay after 65 minutes was his fourth and the Colliers’ sixth, but this was followed shortly after by a bizarre second goal for the Berwick side (6-2).

A comfortable back-pass from Ron Murray saw Andrew Wilson in the Shilbottle goal completely miss his kick and the ball trickled into the net for an own-goal.

However, this setback did not deter the Colliers and two late goals from Liam Brooks and Stephen Shendon extended their advantage to six goals to complete a resounding victory (8-2).

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, J Hindhaugh, R Hume, R Gair, D Hubbard, B Wake, M Graham, L Brooks, J Hay, R Brown, R Murray, B Balmbra, S Shendon. Shilbottle’s SFC Pizza man-of-the-match: Josh Hay. Match sponsor: Nigel Sample, Amble.

Division Two

In the division’s only fixture, Shaun Toal, two, John Mowbray, Stephen Watson, Harry Woolhouse, Lee Pattinson and Daniel Scott were all on the scoresheet for Craster Rovers as they hit seven against Hedgeley Rovers, whose single reply came from a Patrick Gritton own-goal.

Runciman Cup

Robbie Aitchison, Stephen Burns and Sean Dixon all scored for Duns FC, but a Brad McLellan hat-trick and a Michael Stewart goal saw Amble St Cuthbert through.

Two goals each from Michael Freathy and Brent Aisbett, plus a Ryan Wilson goal, saw Wansbeck AFC beat Wooler Reserves.

Lowick United also made progress thanks to two goals from Paul Wood, plus other goals by Gary Fairbarin, Ross Morton, Mark Dunlop and Liam Hindmarsh.

Embleton replied twice through Brent Rogerson and Jordan Frost.

Judd Donohoe, two, and James Woolett were the Alnmouth scorers, as they took the tie against Lynemouth Anglers, whose goal-scorer was Lenny Lansbury.