Match reports from the weekend’s junior football matches.
Pin Point Recruitment Under 12, League Five
Ponteland Pumas 3 FC Amble 2
For the second week in a row, Amble have found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat and this week it was the turn of league leaders Ponteland to wrestle all three points from the young Seasiders.
Amble were missing top-scorer E Bell for the visit to Bullocksteads and had to shuffle the pack, with captain R Paton and D Tailford in the centre of the park and D Douglas slotting in on the right side of defence.
Amble kicked off into a slight breeze and managed to contain the high-flying hosts, with J Stewart, M Kemp, D Douglas and J Belisle keeping things tight. About 15 minutes in, Ponteland got a breakthrough with some good work and a smart finish (1-0).
Amble recovered and, despite the hosts having more of the play, they kept them at bay until just before the interval when a slip in the defensive ranks allowed the striker to nip in and double the lead (2-0, half-time).
Once again, Amble came out strongly in the second half with T Pirie coming in alongside the lively D Tailford and R Paton reverting to defence to cover for an injury.
Despite Ponteland topping the league, Amble looked the better team, with R Brayson proving to be a real handful with his mixture of attacking flair and dogged defensive duties.
Amble rocked the visitors when D Tailford burst down the wing and sent over a cross which was neatly finished with a deft touch from R Brayson (2-1).
Despite winning 12 games in a row, the hosts could not contain the Seasiders and, with 15 minutes left, Amble got level when T Pirie fired in a great strike, leaving the keeper helpless (2-2).
With the scores level, Amble went all out but were caught out when the hosts scored a great goal from 20 yards out, which left J Belisle with no chance and put the hosts 3-2 up.
The visitors dug in and put pressure on the home side and almost equalised when D Wilkie headed over from D Tailford’s cross.
Amble just ran out of time but refused to go down without a fight and Ponteland admitted that they were lucky to come away with all three points in what was a very enjoyable match played in great spirit.
Spurreli’s man-of-the-match: Roan Brayson.
Pin Point Recruitment Under 11, Bundesliga 2
Ryton & Crawcrook Cobras 1 Alnwick Town Vipers 8
Alnwick Vipers were on top from the start of their match at Ryton & Crawcrook Cobras on Sunday
They scored an early goal, then a second came through a well-directed header from a corner. Alnwick were really in the mood, with some great passing and one-twos.
With the game stretched, Alnwick grabbed more goals and were 6-0 up by half-time.
In the second half, Vipers started well but were caught out with six players in the Ryton box. A ball over the top left three Ryton players on one Alnwick player for them to get their goal.
But the game was still all Alnwick and they scored two more goals, one from the penalty spot and one more in open play to make it 8-1.
The goal-scorers were James Bowman (three), Joshua Middleton (two, one penalty), Jack Luke (two) and Joshua Crisp.
Man-of-the-match: Danny Bennet.
Pin Point Recruitment U13, League Two
Wallsend Boys Club Greens 3 Alnwick Town 1
Alnwick went into the game looking to complete the double over their opponents after defeating them 4-1 at home last Sunday.
With the game 0-0, the visiting defenders struggled with long balls over the top, but did manage to weather the early storm.
As both sides settled into the game, Alnwick took control before being hit on the break, a good first save from Jay Graham only delaying Wallsend taking the lead (1-0). This lead was doubled before the break as the visitors struggled to get back into the game (2-0).
Alnwick were a different team in the second half, controlling the game without creating too many chances, although Liam Cravvigan did go close with a header from a corner.
As Alnwick switched to 3-5-2 in an effort to get the goal their display deserved they were hit on the break by a rare Wallsend attack (3-0).
Again the away side regrouped and finished the game strongly with Brandon McCann finishing well into the top right-hand corner after the home defence failed to deal with a corner (3-1).
It was McCann’s fifth goal in his last three outings. On another day it could have been a different result, but the lads deserve full praise for the way they fought to the bitter end on a tricky day all round.
Glendale League U10
Alnwick Pythons 6 Seahouses 1
Reuben Law got the Pythons off to a great start by slotting the ball into the back of the net (1-0).
Harvey Patrick set up Cameron Nichols to tap under the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Reuben Law grabbed another two to get his hat-trick before half-time (4-0).
Matthew Conway volleyed in a Connor Jones corner to make it 5-0, then great team play by Seahouses put pressure on Alnwick, pulling one back to make it 5-1.
Then a fast break saw Harvey Patrick picking Eithan Balmbra out to get the sixth.
Alnwick Python squad: Tyler Cooke, Jake Richardson, Jack Pentleton, Eithan Balmbra, Matthew Stewart, Matthew Conway, Connor Jones, Reuben Law, Harvey Patrick, Cameron Nichols. Man-of-the-match: Reuben Law.
Neil Cooke and Allan Jones praised all their players for their hard work and effort through the season.Thanks to them they have won the U10 Glendale League. All teams now compete for the cup.
Glendale League, U12 Championship Cup
Alnwick Town 4 Rothbury 2
Alnwick got back to winning ways in a difficult encounter against Rothbury on Saturday.
A strong start in which the opposition goalkeeper was tested several times was capped with a fine, curling effort into the top corner from captain Reece Gaines (1-0).
With the bit between their teeth, Alnwick doubled their advantage through a left-footed deflected effort from Joe Aynsley. Rothbury hit back early in the second half with two quick-fire goals (2-2).
A calm finish from winger Mark Roberts restored Alnwick’s advantage (3-2).
As Rothbury pushed for the equaliser Alnwick hit them on the break in the final minutes, taking the score to 4-2 thanks to a cross-cum-shot from Joshua Chrisp.
Players involved: Ethan Mattison (gk), Ben Cooper, Tadhg Burke, Drew Thompson, Lewis Scott, Mark Roberts, Reece Gaines (c), Joshua Chrisp, Joe Aynsley, Joe Gray. Man-of-the-match: Ben Cooper.