Colliers’ romp brought to a halt

Shilbottle v Benfield reserves'Shilbottle in green ,during their first defeat in the Northern alliance on Saturday
Shilbottle v Benfield reserves'Shilbottle in green ,during their first defeat in the Northern alliance on Saturday

Northern Football Alliance, Division Two: Willington Quay Saints 0 Shilbottle CW 5

Shilbottle followed up their opening-day double-figure victory with a five-goal romp last Wednesday at the Wallsend Rising Sun sports ground.

The Colliers opened brightly and took the lead after 15 minutes when a good ball by Phil Grey put Josh Hay clear down the right flank and his fine cross into the box was headed home at the back-post by Liam Brooks.

Brooks got his second five minutes later when he forced the ball home from close range following a left-wing corner by Ross Gair.

Shilbottle led by two goals at the interval and quickly increased their advantage following the restart.

Josh Hay was clean through on goal only to lob over the bar, but made no mistake shortly after, having been put clear by Phil Grey.

There then followed a hectic period when the Colliers should have put the game beyond doubt. Josh Hay struck the bar before having a penalty well saved by the Willington keeper.

Liam Brooks then struck the bar before Hay rounded the keeper only to fire wide of the target.

The Colliers finally got a fourth goal on 78 minutes when good work by Hay set up Brooks for a simple finish to complete his hat-trick.

Within five minutes, Brooks had scored again to get his fourth and the Colliers’ fifth after again being set up by Hay, to complete a resounding victory for Shilbottle.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, M Brown, B Balmbra, R Hume, L Hume, P Grey, R Gair, B Wake, J Hay, L Brooks, R Brown, R Stewart, J Hindhaugh.

Shilbottle CW 0 Newcastle Benfield Res 3

Shilbottle’s flying start to life in the Northern Alliance came to an abrupt halt as they were defeated by league leaders Newcastle Benfield at a windswept Welfare Ground on Saturday.

To be fair, many of their problems were self-inflicted as a poor performance by the match referee led to a lack of discipline throughout the team.

Following a fairly even opening period, it was Benfield who opened the scoring after 15 minutes when a lack of understanding in the home defence allowed Phil Watson to nip in and put the visitors ahead.

Benfield increased their advantage on the half-hour when they were awarded a soft free-kick on the edge of the box and Connor Brown fired home into the bottom corner of the net.

The Colliers’ problems intensified five minutes before the break when Rikki Hume became involved in a scuffle with a Benfield player, who was blatantly time-wasting and got himself sent off for his trouble.

This left the Colliers facing an uphill task in the second half – two goals down, a man down and facing the wind.

When Lee Hume deflected a right-wing cross into his own net to give Benfield a third goal after 50 minutes, the game was effectively over.

Shilbottle battled well over the final half-hour without looking likely to retrieve the situation and only succeeding in getting several players booked as frustration and poor refereeing took its toll.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, M Brown, B Balmbra, R Hume, L Hume, P Grey, RGair, B Wake, J Hay, L Brooks, C Flanighan, J Hindhaugh, A Hutchins. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Lee Hume. Match sponsor: Arcot Engineering Co Ltd (Cramlington).

l It also ended all-square at Lindisfarne Custom Planet who netted through Adam McCulloch and Nigel Morris with Dominic Schievetta and Ryan Taylor replying for Alnwick Town Reserves in their Division Two match on Saturday.

Division One

The match between Heddon and Wooler was abandoned after 20 minutes when a player suffered a broken leg.