The U16 Divisional Cup, Round One
FC Amble Juniors 7
Cramlington Town 0
FC Amble Juniors kicked off their Divisional Cup campaign with a home tie against Cramlington Town.
They played good football from the start, with Brad Little, Callum Fenwick, then James Aston, playing the ball out wide to James Oliver.
His cross into the feet of Ali Batey on the six-yard line found the back of the net in the opening few minutes of the game (1-0).
Minutes later, Jordan King played in Ali Batey with his effort going wide.
King then turned inside the box, with a left-foot shot, the keeper saving. King was involved again with another effort going wide.
Little was next to test the keeper within the box, with the keeper saving again.
Cramlington caught Amble on the break a couple of times with Phil Brown saving well.
Then Cramlington were unlucky not to score with an effort that hit the Amble crossbar.
Into the second half, Tristan Oliver’s good run set up King, who slotted home for his first and Amble’s second of the day.
Andy Flanighan then played the ball to Ronan Straughan, who threaded a pass to Callum Fenwick. He crossed the ball to King, who fired wide. Getting forward, Nathan Potts had a long-range shot saved by the Cramlington keeper.
King fired another shot wide, before Oliver’s corner was headed in by Andy Flanighan from close range for a 3-0 lead.
Oliver’s jinking run into the penalty area beat at least three players, before he slotted the ball home for a 4-0 lead.
Shayne Wright’s good touch into the path of Oliver saw another shot on goal being saved.
Wright saw another effort fly just wide again.
The keeper stretched his hand to Potts’ rasping shot which then struck the post.
Jason Imeson came back on, in defence this time, making some surging runs forward, playing the ball wide to James Oliver, who crossed to the back-post for King to head home goal number five (5-0).
King, looking for his hat-trick, could have tried his luck, but unselfishly squared it to Shayne Wright to get his first, and Amble’s sixth goal (6-0).
King set up the last goal with another good pass to Potts to tuck the ball away for a convincing win in the end (7-0).
Amble: P Brown, R Straughan, J Byrne, A Flanighan, J Aston, C Fenwick, B Little, J Imeson, J Oliver, A Batey, J King, J Briggs, N Potts, T Oliver, S Wright, J Aldworth. Man-of-the-match: Ali Batey. Match sponsor: Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club.