Greens suffer blues in top-table clash

Shilbottle (green) in action at Newbiggin on Saturday.
Shilbottle (green) in action at Newbiggin on Saturday.

North Northumberland League round-up

Division One

AFC Newbiggin 3 Shilbottle CW 1

In the clash between the top two clubs in the division, it was Shilbottle who got off to a dream start.

A defensive mix-up in the home defence saw the ball fall to Scott McMullen 20 yards from goal and he calmly chipped it home to give the visitors the lead (0-1).

Newbiggin began to create chances and drew level after 20 minutes when a free-kick was headed back into the area by Tony Messenger and John Bone netted from close range (1-1).

The second half was again close before an inspired substitution by manager John Messenger saw Johnathan McEnnaney give Newbiggin the lead on the hour mark (2-1).

After 80 minutes, the same player was in the right place at the right time following a good move to net a third for the home side (3-1).

Rothbury 3 Belford 4

In a good game of football, Rothbury’s youngsters were unlucky not to take something from this match against an experienced Belford side.

The visitors went ahead on seven minutes thanks to a Ross Morton goal, but two minutes later, a Rothbury penalty saw Craig Sutton equalise from the spot (1-1).

The sides were evenly matched and, on 21 minutes, Mitchell Ramsay netted to give Rothbury the lead which they held until half-time (2-1).

In the second half, both teams continued to create chances and a 58th minute goal from Gareth Pearson saw Belford draw level (2-2).

Two minutes later, Neil Jefferson gave Belford the lead but a second goal from Mitchell Ramsay after 65 minutes meant Rothbury drew level (3-3).

The game appeared to be heading for a draw but in stoppage-time substitute Kevin France netted the winning goal for Belford (3-4).

Division Two

Boulmer FC 6 Craster Rovers 2

After a close first half, the home club held the advantage at half-time thanks to a first-half goal from Stuart Sullivan (1-0). Max Fox added a second for Boulmer after the break to double the advantage with Harry Woolhouse netting for Craster (2-1).

Boulmer hit back to net four more goals through Sullivan, Fox and James Whallis (6-1) with Mark Chatterton netting a second for Craster in the closing stages of the game (6-2).

All other games were postponed.