North Northumberland League round-up
Only one league game took place due to cup fixtures and in Division Two, Wansbeck AFC dropped their first points of the season after being held to a draw by Embleton WR.
Johnny Colley (two), Joden Frost were the Embleton scorers, with Chris Hills (two) and Michael Freathy on target for Wansbeck AFC.
Bilclough Cup, Round One
There was a surprise result in the Bilclough Cup – Ethan Iredale, Tim Hamilton and Thomas Stones were the Amble St Cuthbert scorers as they beat Springhill.
Wooler Reserves had James Guthrie and Luke Strangeways on target as they beat Duns FC, whose goalscorer was Sean Robertson.
It was heartbreak for Hedgeley Rovers at home to Lowick United as the visitors scored with what was the last kick of extra-time to win the game.
Andrew Lazenby and Richard Johnson were the Hedgeley scorers with Mark Dunlop (two) and Andy Metcalfe the Lowick scorers.
Jordan King (two), Ross Stanton and Chris Hay goals saw North Sunderland progress at the expensive of Lynemouth Anglers United, whose goalscorer was Kevin Weallans.
Craig Howard (two) and Craig Coloughoun were Tweedmouth Rangers’ scorers as they beat Bamburgh Castle, whose replies came from Will Farmer and Gareth McCann.
Rothbury had Gavin Dick and Matt Crane as their goalscorers. Tweemouth Harrow went through thanks to goals from Kristian Neil (two), Andy Burgon and Johnny Blythe.
Red Row 7 Highfields 2
After a good run of form, Red Row welcomed Highfields to the Welfare with hopes high of another cup run.
The game was only into its fourth minute when leading scorer Sean Palmer was found with a pass from Shaun Black that split the Highfields defence to score his first of the day (1-0).
Six minutes later, a break from Highfields resulted in Dan Palmer fouling Hargrieves in the box to allow the same player to level the scores (1-1). This was a minor setback as Red Row took the lead almost immediately with Shaun Black scoring from close range (2-1).
Sean Palmer scored Red Row’s third and his second when Black again found space to roll the ball in front of the in-form forward to stab home from close range (3-1).
Moments before half-time, Black notched his second and Red Row’s fourth when a good passing move involving Small, Smith and David Mavin resulted in another close-range effort. Half-time: 4-1.
There was no second-half complacency this week and the rout continued when the visitors’ Kurt Yule fouled Black in the box, Sean Palmer completed his hat-trick easily beating keeper Mason.
Palmer scored his fourth of the game with ease when he again left the Highfields defence in his wake to score (5-1).
Highfields got a second goal when Sandro Deolivera’s effort found its way through into the bottom corner of the net to reduce the arrears (5-2).
The last goal of the game came after a move involving Liam Eason, whose pass into the area found Black, who in turn presented Ben Lilburn with the easiest of tap-ins (7-2). A good all-round performance from Red Row.
Sean Palmer got the man-of-the-match, for not only scoring four goals, but leading the line as only he can.
Red Row from: M Mavin, L Eason, B Lilburn, J Giles, D Palmer, J Charlton, P Smith, J Small, S Palmer, S Black, G Reed, M Nixon.
Match sponsor: Brick Club. After match food provided by Krumbz Cafe.
On Saturday, Red Row are at home to North Sunderland, kick-off 1.30pm, players meet at 10.30pm.
Craster Rovers 3
Shilbottle CW 1
Shilbottle, the current holders of the Bilclough Cup, made an early exit from this season’s competition with this shock defeat to Division Two side Craster Rovers.
For the second week running, Rovers welcomed a team from a higher division to Windmill Park. They shuffled the pack, with Crowe returning and Woolhouse starting for the first time this season, but it was a tactical change, placing Clarke to sit in front of the back four that appeared to strengthen the home team’s system. The game began with the Colliers having the best of the early exchanges, but failing to create much by way of clear-cut chances.
The task appeared to become more difficult for Rovers when Mowbray was forced off early due to injury.
Colliers did have the ball in the net, but Chris Chisholm’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Despite the pressure, Craster held strong with Crowe and Hogg imperious in the centre of defence, restricting the efforts on goal to half-chances and each time these were taken with supreme confidence by Andy Stanwix in the home goal.
The interval arrived without a goal, but Craster shocked the Division One leaders by taking the lead shortly after the restart.
With five minutes of the half gone, Clarke played the pass of the match to release Richard Stanwix down the right, the perfect ball into the box found Shaun Toal to slot home his first for Rovers (1-0).
The Colliers responded almost immediately with Phil Grey breaking into the Craster Box only to be upended and Matty Graham shot home the resultant penalty (1-1).
Craster did not let this set-back deter them and took the lead again on the hour-mark Stanwix found the ball free on the right again. Bearing down on goal with Rover’s players flooding the box, he opted to shoot. The home support erupted as the ball landed in the bottom corner (2-1).
The Colliers’ play was now becoming ragged as they tried to retrieve the situation.
With the visitors seeking the equaliser, gaps were appearing at the back and the hard work of Woolhouse and Clarke allowed for several breakaway attacks.
A resulting corner was swung in by Brown and with 15 minutes left on the clock, Toal smashed home to make it 3-1.
Despite the Colliers’ frantic efforts, they rarely looked like retrieving the situation and Craster held out for a well-deserved victory having made the most of their limited chances and shown a fine battling spirit throughout.
Craster man-of-the-match:Jonny Clarke. Shilbottle man-of-the-match: Matty Graham. Shilbottle: A Wilson, R Douglas, C Graham, R Hume, R Murray, P Grey, M Graham, R Brown, C Flanighan, J Hay, C Chisholm, L Brooks, R Harrison. Match sponsor: Doug Hogg Fishing Trips.