CRAMLINGTON TOWN 5
SHILBOTTLE CW 4
Shilbottle failed to take advantage of a ‘second chance’ in this high scoring Combination Cup semi-final tie at Cramlington Sporting Club.
Having lost to Wallsend BC in the quarter-final, they were reinstated in the competition when it transpired their opponents had fielded an ineligible player.
However, a total lack of discipline was to prove their downfall. The Colliers made a poor start and fell behind after 10 minutes. The situation got worse for the Colliers five minutes later when they were reduced to ten men when Matty Graham was sent off for foul and abusive language.
Despite this, the Colliers hit back to draw level after through Liam Brooks. And five minutes before the interval they went 2-1 up when Josh Hay found the net..
Cramlington pressed strongly following the restart and scored twice in a minute to regain the lead.
However, the Colliers hit back to draw level again when Brooks broke clear to shoot home.
Another moment of madness saw Chris Graham give away a penalty to allow Cramlington to go 4-3 up. Michael Saunders headed home a Joe Henderson cross to make it 4-4, but the game was settled when Cramlington were awarded another penalty, which they scored, and this time there was no way back.