NABC U14 Division Two League: Whitley Coast Soccer 2 FC Amble Juniors 3
Amble travelled to second-placed Whitley Coast Soccer, with Amble only a point behind them in third, knowing that a win today would send them top of the league with table-toppers Prudhoe not playing.
Max Anderson won the ball inside the Amble penalty area in the early stages to deny Whitley an early chance on goal.
Ali Batey had Amble’s first chance with a chip over the keeper that hit the Whitley crossbar before Max Anderson, working across the back for Amble, covered well making another good interception to stop the home team again.
Ali Batey dropped deep into midfield and played a lovely ball through to Callum Fenwick on the right hand side. Fenwick running side by side with the home defender hit an early shot into the roof of the net for a 0-1 lead.
With Amble on the attack again Ali Batey was brought down inside the penalty area and a penalty was given. Callum Fenwick stepped up and the keeper saved.
Amble kept on going and Ali Batey made a good run into the box and fired in Amble’s second goal from eight yards out.
Cameron Roper collected the ball well from a Whitley free-kick that was whipped in from 30 yards out to keep the two-goal advantage.
Jason Imeson played a good ball through to Max Anderson on the right with their defender coming across to win the ball.
Whitley broke away threatening the Amble goal again with Brad Little running back and sliding in to win the ball.
Whitley had two more attacks on the Amble goal with Andy Flanighan getting his head to the ball for a good clearance. James Aston was on hand to stop their next attack with Aston running stride for stride with their attacker and making a good tackle to win the ball, still 0-2 at the break.
James Oliver made way for Billy Heckels who had a slight back injury. Heckels was involved straight away, winning the ball on the left to stop another Whitley attack.
Whitley attacked Amble again, working their way into the Amble penalty area, with Cameron Roper punching the ball out to safety at the back post.
Andy Flanighan battled inside the penalty area not giving an inch against their forwards.
Nathan Potts started Amble’s next move winning the ball with a strong challenge in midfield. Ronan Straughan then played the ball to Ali Batey, who threaded a lovely pass between two defenders for Callum Fenwick.
Fenwick ran at pace with the ball, chased by two defenders, but he coolly slotted the ball past the helpless keeper for a 0-3 lead.
With the game looking comfortable Whitley pulled a goal back, with Amble’s keeper Cameron Roper pulling off a good first save that unfortunately hit the post and back into play for their striker to tap in the rebound, 1-3.
This spurred Whitley on and quickly scored their second of the game for an exciting finish to the game for the home supporters. Jason Imeson, Nathan Potts, Brad Little and Billy Heckels in midfield had to work tirelessly to stop the midfield of Whitley driving forward.
Going into the last 10 minutes Cameron Roper pulled off a tremendous save which certainly looked to have levelled the scores, Cameron just got his body in the way to maintain the slender lead.
With two minutes remaining James Aston won the ball again for Amble, preventing what looked again to be a certain goal for the home side, Aston winning the ball cleanly before putting the ball to safety.
Jordan King had Amble’s last chance of the game going one-on-one with the keeper who was coming off his line and two defenders chasing him, King just put the ball wide of the net.
This was a big win for Amble to send them top of the League, although some teams have games in hand, another fantastic three points for the Amble boys.
Amble: C Roper, R Straughan, A Flanighan, J Aston, M Anderson, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J Oliver, J King, A Batey, B Heckels, N Potts.
Amble match sponsor: Lorimer & Son Plasterers’ & Tilers.