Shilbottle CW 9 Cramlington United 1
Northern Football Alliance, Bay Plastics Division Two
Shilbottle recorded another high-scoring victory on Saturday in their pursuit of the league title at a windswept Welfare Ground.
The Colliers opened the scoring after only two minutes’ play when good work from Liam Brooks and Josh Hay set up Phil Grey for an easy finish at the back post.
The lead was doubled on eight minutes when the visiting keeper fumbled a shot from Brad McClelland and Matty Graham followed up to score easily. When Graham got a third goal on the quarter-hour mark, the game was as good as won.
Hay then had what looked a good goal disallowed for offside, but Cramlington hit back to score through Nathan Hewitt following a rare attack.
The Colliers led 3-1 at the interval, but the game quickly became one-way traffic following the restart.Brooks got goal number four with a fine finish from a McLelland cross.
Hay then got number five on the hour when he headed home a good cross from Grey, who bagged number six with a cracking drive from the edge of the box. The Colliers were now in complete control and Hay got his second goal on 75 minutes to bring up number seven.
A right-wing corner from Grey saw Graham complete a neat finish to bring up his hat-trick and the scoring was rounded off five minutes from time when Hay completed his hat-trick for goal number nine to bring an end to a one-sided contest.
Shilbottle: A Patterson, R Douglas, C Graham, B Balmbra, J Giles, P Grey, M Graham, R Gair, B McClelland, L Brooks, J Hay, R Hume, S Shendon, R Harrison. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Ross Gair. Match sponsor: Amble Tavern.
The Colliers still trail leaders Gateshead Leam Rangers by four points with two games in hand after the ’Gers beat Lindisfarne Custom Planet.