Wooler 0 Birtley St Josephs 3 – Northern Alliance, Nike Division One
After an enforced lay-off due to the weather, Wooler returned to Northern Alliance action on Saturday, February 14, for only the second time in 2015.
Although the home team competed for most of the match, they could not cope with the visitors’ clinical finishing and the pace of the strikers.
Wooler got off to the worst possible start, conceding two early goals when the pacey Smith left the Wooler defence for dead to score after eight minutes.
The second goal came minutes later when Smith again raced through on the right and crossed for his strike partner Baine to score with a smart finish.
Wooler gradually clawed their way back into the match, with Jamie Punton becoming more influential as the game wore on, Michael Saunders and Frazer Tait being robust in defence.
Wooler struggled to create chances, although Connor Cowens had a few runs on the right-wing and managed to cross the ball into the box.
The home team’s only real chance of the first half saw a looping shot from Kyle Jeffrey clear the crossbar.
The second half went the same way as the first, with Wooler conceding early when they failed to clear a corner, and Quigley fired in from close range.
The introduction of substitutes Ross Tait and James Spencer livened things up and Wooler certainly finished strongly but a goal eluded them and Saunders saw his looping header go over the bar.
This was a disappointing result for the home team who failed to create enough scoring opportunities and the defence came under sustained pressure.