Juniors pass their first big test of the year

FC Amble Juniors U15...3 Cramlington U15...2

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IT was Amble’s first game of the year and it started with a hard test away to a high-flying Division One Cramlington Juniors in the Divisional Cup.

Amble went into the match hoping for a scrappy game knowing that Cramlington played the better football, which proved to be the case.

Jason Imeson won the ball in midfield and carried it a long way before taking a shot that flew into the top corner, making it 1-0 to the underdogs.

Cramlington dominated possession but time after time they couldn’t break down the in-form Amble defence.

The away side looked set to burst through on goal but James Aston managed to win the ball bringing it out of defence.

Again the hosts tried to get through on goal but this time a Max Anderson tackle put a halt to the attack.

Next Cramlington won a corner, which looked to be dangerous, but Andy Flanighan was there to win the ball and terrifically clear it.

From this clearance Callum Fenwick had to be fouled because the defender simply couldn’t cope. Anderson stepped up to take the free-kick and curled it into the top corner beautifully (2-0).

Then Fenwick was played through on goal but the keeper pulled off a terrific save from the explosive shot. Amble had a corner this time which was whipped in, James Oliver was there to flick the ball on but the keeper saved.

The first half finished with a Cramlington counter-attack but Brad Little saved Amble from conceding.

The second half started with Amble under pressure and Flanighan saved Amble’s clean sheet with a few great tackles.

Cramlington then won a corner but the result was a poor delivery.

From the goal-kick Amble played it long and it fell to Jason Imeson’s feet, who played a ball through to Ali Batey, who didn’t give up on the loose ball and the keeper’s clearance rebounded off Batey who scored without knowing about it.

This put Amble 3-0 up, but when the hosts pulled a goal back with a sweetly-struck volley that gave the keeper no chance (3-1).

Cramlington again scored with another great finish but Amble’s effort and determination gave them the deserved win against a tough opposition (3-2).

Amble: J Aldworth, R Straughn, M Anderson, A Flanighan, J Aston, N Potts, J Oliver, J Imeson, B Little, C Fenwick, A Batey. Man-of-the-match: Jason Imeson.