Red Row complete a giant-killing victory

Red Row Welfare , n claret &blue, on way to a great 1-0 win v Northern alliance division one side Gosforth Bohemians
Red Row Welfare , n claret &blue, on way to a great 1-0 win v Northern alliance division one side Gosforth Bohemians

Northumberland FA Minor Cup, Round Three

Red Row 1 Gosforth Bohemians FC 0

Red Row turned giant-killers to move into Round Four of the Minor Cup after victory against Alliance Division One side Gosforth Bohemians.

The teams were evenly-matched and played a cautious game for the first 20 minutes.

The North Northumberland League Division One side tested the visiting keeper when a Mark Nixon cross was turned goalward by Sean Palmer for Stephen Wilkinson to pull off a good save.

Red Row started to gain an edge with David Mavin and Jake Small winning the midfield battle and creating chances for Palmer and Black, however, it was Bohemians’ Wilkinson who kept his team in the game with a further two good saves before half-time.

Red Row continued to press in the second half with wide men Chizholm and Nixon working the Gosforth defenders.

The breakthrough came in the 75 minute when an effort by Small was only half-cleared to David Mavin who turned and hit his left-foot shot into the goal (1-0).

Red Row’s defence held strong and had played that well that home keeper Mark Mavin had only one save to make when he tipped a free-kick over the bar.

The final whistle saw Red Row through to the next round.

Red Row from: M Mavin, T Eason, J Giles, I Turnbull, D Palmer, M Nixon, J Small, S Palmer, R Chizholm, D Mavin, S Black, B Lilburn, G Reed. Red Row man-of-the-match: David Mavin. After-match food provided by Krumbz Cafe.

Other Northern Alliance teams in the Minor Cup

Newcastle Chemfica trailed to Newcastle City after an hour but Ian Hutchinson got them level from the penalty spot. Further goals from Dieu Lomana, Dan Sherliker and Steve McLaughlin saw Chemfica into the Quarter-Finals.

Glen Johnson’s penalty put Willington Quay Saints ahead against North Shields Athletic, but goals from Scott Jasper and Max Zaborus turned the game around.

A Mick Angus hat-trick put AFC Newbiggin through at Seaton Burn and James Ritson, Richard May, James Ridley, James Carr and Luke Ferguson fired in during Cullercoats’ success against West Jesmond.

Hexham needed extra-time to see off a stern challenge from Newcastle Benfield Reserves, with goals from Aiden Armstrong (two) and Matthew Blackith.

Craig Cook was another hat-trick hero for Ponteland United at West Allotment Celtic A. Andrew Davidson added a fourth, with Sean Allan replying.