Newbiggin go top as other league teams play cup ties

North Northumberland Football League round-up

SANDERSON CUP, PRELIMINARY ROUND

Belford 2 Tweedmouth Harrow 0

Harrow had plenty of possession during this game but never really threatened the Belford keeper.

After a goalless first half a Belford corner led to the home club netting through Ryan Lillico after 56 minutes, on 65 minutes Harrow were awarded a penalty but the spot kick was put wide of the goal and with 67 minutes played Scott Hunter made sure of the win when he finished off a mazy run by netting a second goal for Belford.

ROBSON CUP, PRELIMINARY ROUND

Boulmer FC 3 Tweedmouth Rangers 4

In a closely-contested game it was Craig Todd who gave Tweedmouth the lead but Boulmer hit back to lead at half-time with goals from Stuart Sullivan and Mark Boyle.

In the second half Todd with his second and Keiran Cromarty netted to put the visitors ahead but Sullivan scored his second of the game to equalise for Boulmer.

Extra time looked likely but Craig Howard netted to win the game for Tweedmouth.

Shilbottle CW Res 4 Craster Rovers 2

Shilbottle progressed to the next round of the Robson Cup with this comfortable victory at the Welfare Ground.

The Colliers opened brightly and John Mowbray put a good chance over the bar before they opened the scoring after 10 minutes play.

A good through-ball from Kyle Lowes set Judd Donohoe in the clear to finish confidently.

The pressure on the Craster goal continued and the Colliers doubled their advantage on 20 minutes when a fine move involving Wayne Gair saw John Mowbray make up for his earlier miss by finishing well.

Craster got back into the game just before the interval when they pulled a goal back as Stephen Watson scored direct from a corner.

The Colliers led by the odd goal in three at the break and it took a couple of fine saves from Liam Roper in the Shilbottle goal shortly after the restart to maintain their advantage.

However, Shilbottle soon increased their lead to two goals when a good cross from Wayne Gair was headed home by Russell Cooke from close range.

Craster reduced the deficit once again five minutes later with a goal from Stuart Imeson but that proved to be as close as they got.

Shilbottle continued to miss chances at the other end before John Mowbray finally settled the issue in Shilbottle’s favour five minutes from time with his second goal and the Colliers’ fourth.

Shilbottle: L Roper, A Pringle, G Robson, D Dawson, K Lowes, S Muckle, W Gair, R Cooke, J Mowbray, J York, J Donohoe, M Fowler.Shilbottle’s man of the match: Dane Dawson. Match sponsor: Mrs ME Haddow (Shilbottle PO).

DIVISION ONE

Rothbury 2 AFC Newbiggin 5

Newbiggin went top of the table after this win at Rothbury.

Both teams played some good football but Newbiggin netted three times in the first half with Dan Herron replying for Rothbury.

Newbiggin kept up the pressure after half-time and netted twice more before the final whistle.

Mick Angus and Michael Freathy with two each plus a Tony Messenger goal made up the Newbiggin score.

North Sunderland 4 Shilbottle CW 4

The home club took a second-minute lead but Shilbottle came back into the game and scored twice to lead at half-time.

The second half was an evenly-matched affair with the home side scoring three and the visitors two more to see the points shared at the final whistle.

Goalscorers for North Sunderland were Andrew Robertson (two), Dean Avery and Stephen Campbell.

While Shilbottle’s goalscorers were Stephen Hogg (two), Chris Chisholm and Kenny Collins.

DIVISION TWO

Bamburgh Castle 5 Alnmouth Utd 0

Bamburgh Castle returned to winning ways in the league with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Alnmouth.

League leaders Bamburgh were dealt an early blow when Gary Turner limped off after five minutes, but took the lead shortly after when Sam Aldred scored his first goal of the season.

However, they struggled to find their rhythm and Alnmouth forced several corners before Darren Egdell made an excellent save midway through the half.

It was almost half-time when a flowing move from Bamburgh ended with Gaz McCann turning his man and firing home to make it 2-0.

Alnmouth nearly pulled one back when Egdell pushed a shot onto the post shortly after the restart, but their hopes were dashed when Chris Dalton dinked the ball over the advancing keeper for the home team’s third shortly after.

Johny Johnson ended a lean spell with a precision strike from the left inside the far post in the 55th minute, meaning victory was assured for the table-toppers.

A Jordan Frost free-kick was well saved by Egdell before Alex Mackay capped off another fine performance, arriving late at the back post to force home from close-range with 15 minutes to go.

Alnmouth were denied a consolation goal in the closing stages when Egdell was finally beaten by Dan Turnbull with the linesman’s flag already raised.

Bamburgh Castle: D Egdell, S Tanney, G Turner, A Mackay, A Baillie, I Patten, D Johnson, S Aldred, J Johnson, G McCann, C Dalton. Subs: W Farmer, K Leung, P Laing, P Douglas. Match sponsor: Robert Carter and Son, Butchers.

Wooler Res v Amble St Cuthbert, match postponed.