Longhoughton Rangers...4 Shilbottle CW...6
North Northumberland League, Division One
SHILBOTTLE just came out on top in this goal feast at Westfield Park, Longhoughton, on Saturday.
In a match strewn with defensive errors, Longhoughton took the lead after 10 minutes’ play.
The Colliers drew level after 20 minutes when Danny Lillico scored at the back post following a Richard Brown flick-on from a left-wing corner.
Within a couple of minutes, the Colliers found themselves in the lead when a good through-ball from Adam Gattens was lifted into the top corner of the net by Alan Wallace.
Shilbottle moved further clear on the half-hour when Richard Brown broke through to finish well.
The Colliers got a fourth before the break when an Andy Metcalf effort came back off the crossbar for Wallace to follow up and score.
Shilbottle led 4-1 at the interval and within five minutes of the restart, made it five when Wallace found himself clear through to finish well and complete his hat-trick.
The visitors appeared to go to sleep defensively after this and allowed Longhoughton to pull two goals back within a five-minute period to get back into the game.
After Phil Grey struck the crossbar and Richard Brown had an effort cleared off the line, Shilbottle substitute Kevin Elliott got a sixth to make the game safe.
There was, though, still time for Longhoughton to get a fourth just before the end to complete the scoring.
Shilbottle: J Rutherford, J Jackson, A Gattens, D Lillico, J Lewney, A Metcalf, P Grey, M Brown, A Wallace, R Brown, C Bell, K Elliott, L Conroy. Shilbottle man-of-the-match: Richard Brown.