Sportsworld North Northumberland League round-up
League action was confined to the Second Division due to League Cup ties in Division One.
Michael Brown and Richard Stanwix were Craster Rovers’ scorers, but they missed out on going to the head of the table as Alnmouth hit back to share the points with goals from Liam Jefferson and Ryan Woolley.
Wansbeck AFC continue to score freely and Wooler Reserves were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat as the home side scored 11 without reply.
Michael Freathy, three, two each from Steven Patterson and Peter Roberts plus single strikes from Robert Curry, Ryan Wilson, Steven Armstrong and Shaun Bartram were the Wansbeck goalscorers.
Chris Jenkins and Colin Young were Springhill’s scorers as they beat local rivals Highfields United.
Paul Wood and Neil Jefferson, with two apiece, and a Ben Young goal saw Lowick United progress in the Robson Cup, while Darren and Stephen Middleton, Ben Cairns and Rod Miller were on target for Lynemouth Anglers and Richard Binks scored a consolation for Hedgeley Rovers.
Amble St Cuthbert 5 Duns 1
The Cuddies bounced back with their biggest win yet, after their awful result at Lowick the week before, producing a strong performance against the table-topping Borders team that has started well in their first season in the league.
It was the visitors who came close first as their striker hit his shot high and wide in the fourth minute.
Amble’s Liam Ramsey put the Cuddies ahead one minute later with a clever lob.
Duns fashioned an equaliser with a deflected drive on 23 minutes, but the home side responded well and were back ahead on the half-hour mark when Tim Hamilton back-headed a perfectly-delivered Aaron Thompson free-kick past the flailing visiting keeper.
Centre-half Michael Stewart added a third seven minutes later, heading home a corner as the Cuddies began to dominate.
The second half brought further missed chances for the home side, until Thomas Stones was brought down by the Duns keeper. Goalkeeper Sean Straker was allowed new daddy rights and duly chipped in the penalty.
The Amble goalkeeper had to stay awake to save a Duns volleyed effort before Danny Moyle coolly finished with five minutes to go to complete three wins out of three for the Cuddies at their new pitch.
Amble man-of-the-match: Liam Ramsey.
Match sponsor: Palin & Twyford Solicitors. Post-match Hospitality: Radcliffe WM Club.
Red Row 3 Shilbottle 1
Red Row entertained unbeaten Shilbottle with high hopes of inflicting a first defeat on the visitors.
Both teams went at each other looking for the opener and it was Mattie Graham for Shilbottle who struck first in the 20th minute with a great, dipping volley that beat keeper Mavin.
Red Row kept at it and were rewarded when a good move down the left flank resulted in a David Mavin pass that Sean Palmer converted from close range.
The second half was moving more in Red Row’s favour and some poor finishing kept the visitors in the tie.
Sub Mark Nixon made an almost instant impact when he finished well to give Red Row a deserved lead.
The game was over as a contest when the Shilbottle keeper caught Sean Palmer on the way past, resulting in a penalty. Palmer took it and scored for a 3-1 victory.
The game was well refereed by Keith Appleby.
Elsewhere, Springhill beat Highfields 4-0, while the other two ties were postponed.
Red Row man-of-the-match: Jack Small. Shilbottle’s best on the day: Ryan Douglas.
Match sponsor: Carl Taylor, builder, Swarland. Post-match buffet: Krumz.
Team from: M Mavin, L Eason, L Baston, D Palmer, J Giles, J Small, D Mavin, C Keen, S Palmer, P Smith, J Baston, S Black, M Nixon, J Charlton, G Reed.