North Northumberland League round-up
Anderson Cup semi-finals
Red Row Welfare 2 Wansbeck AFC 1
A Jamie Graham goal had given Wansbeck a half-time lead, but after the interval Red Row hit back to take the tie with two goals from Kevin Bell.
Bamburgh Castle 1 Tweedmouth Rangers 5
It was dèja vu for Bamburgh as once again they led for 40 minutes before being overpowered in the second half.
Johny Johnson’s long range strike hit a post before Stevie Walker broke the deadlock with a screamer of a free-kick from 25 yards on 35 minutes.
Tweedmouth’s Lee Dodd chased down a long ball into the area and went down under a challenge before converting the spot-kick to level on 42 minutes.
A Gary Robertson brace put the away side in control in the first 10 minutes of the second half (1-3), but Bamburgh were then awarded a penalty.
After some gamesmanship, the penalty was squandered and further goals from Craig Howard and substitute Ashley Pendrich saw Rangers comfortably through to another final.
Division One – Lowick Utd 2 North Sunderland 0
Lowick moved back into third place after this win.
The first half ended goalless, but second-half strikes by Steven Drummond and Marcho Lambert gave Lowick the points at the final whistle.
Runciman Cup quarter-final
Alnmouth 0 Amble St C 5
Amble made progress after this five-goal show at Alnmouth.
Two James Davison goals gave them the lead at half-time, and further strikes by Reece Ramsay, Liam Ramsay and Karl Taylor sealed the win.
Craster Rovers 3 Springhill 3
It was honours even at the end of an entertaining game at the Windmill field.
Andrew Skelly had given the visitors a half-time lead, but goals by James Woollett, Lee Pattinson and a Michael Brown free-kick saw Craster come back in the second half.
Richard Green and Colin Young netted for Springill to see the points shared at the final whistle.
Tweedmouth Harrow 11 Wooler Reserves 0
Harrow found their shooting boots and it left Wooler on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. Six ahead at half-time, Harrow kept the pressure on after the interval to net five more before the final whistle.
Johnny Blythe led the way with a four-goal haul, Kurt Yule netted a hat-trick with single goals from Jordan Richardson, Andy Burgon, Craig Anderson and Aaron Patterson making up the total.
Division Two – March 14
Amble St Cuthbert 4 Belford 2
Second-placed Cuddies welcomed table-toppers Belford to the Running Track, and kept up their promising form for the season’s climax.
Following an opening 15 minutes without any clearcut chances, Liam Ramsay set his brother Reece away on the halfway line and the Cuddies’ marksman had too much pace for the Belford back line and finished coolly to the goalie’s right to score his 42nd goal of the season, in his 20th game.
Centre-half Mick Stewart went on one of his adventurous runs, collecting a pass from Reece Ramsay, and without hesitation chipped the Belford keeper, standing no more than a yard or two off his line, with the ball bouncing over the line off the crossbar.
On 42 minutes, Belford were back in the match with a sharp finish from Ryan Lillico to the top corner resulting from the home defence’s failure to clear a free-kick.
The Cuddies regrouped and started the second half back on top, and after only seven minutes, Reece Ramsay was on target again, ending a one-two with James Davison.
The Cuddies were then pretty well dominant, and went 4-1 up in the 78th minute, with the younger Ramsay brother completing an impressive hat-trick, slotting home, having been sent through the middle by Dan Moyle.
Belford to their credit had not given up on the game, however, and finished the match strongly with Lillico placing a good header under Hall on 87 minutes.
AStCFC man-of-the-match: Gary Taylor. Match sponsor: Palin & Twyford Solicitors. Match ball sponsor and post-match hospitality: The Blue Bell Inn.
AStC: C Hall, M Davison, A Thompson, M Stewart, M Nicholls, E Iredale (T Hamilton 64), L Ramsay, G Taylor (J Harrison 74), R Ramsay, J Davison (D Moyle), C Stroughton.