Cramlington United 1 Shilbottle CW 8
Northern Football Alliance, Dvision Two
Shilbottle got back to league duty following recent cup commitments with this emphatic victory at Northburn Sports Centre, Cramlington, on Saturday.
The Colliers had the bulk of the early play but did not make the breakthrough until the 25th minute when Brad McClelland making his league début, headed home a Ross Gair free-kick to put his side in front (0-1).
Within a couple of minutes, the lead was doubled when Liam Brooks headed home a looping right-wing cross from Brad Wake (0-2).
Josh Hay made it three for the Colliers on 35 minutes with a header from a Jordan Giles cross (0-3), and then had another header well saved by the Cramlington keeper.
The home side then had a spell of pressure, hitting the bar then pulling a goal back on 40 minutes with a fine strike from Simon Gallon (1-3).
There was still time for Brad McClelland to head a good chance over the bar and for Josh Hay to strike the bar with a header before the interval arrived with the Colliers 3-1 to the good.
The second half proved to be very much one-way traffic as Shilbottle began to score at regular intervals.
Within five minutes of the restart, a fine strike from McClelland brought up goal number four following good work down the right flank from Hay (1-4).
It was Hay who got number five on the hour with another header (1-5) and, shortly after, Jordan Giles headed home from close range for goal number six, of which five had been headers (1-6).
Richard Brown got goal number seven on 70 minutes shortly after coming on as a substitute (1-8) and Josh Hay completed his hat-trick shortly after with goal number eight (1-8).
The Colliers had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men when Liam Brooks went off injured, having made all of their substitutes, but it had little effect on the result.
Shilbottle: A Patterson, J Giles, L Hume, B Balmbra, R Young, B Wake, R Gair, M Graham, B McClelland, L Brooks, J Hay, R Douglas, P Grey, R Brown. Shilbottle’s Robert Porteous man-of-the-match award: Josh Hay.
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