The trophy hunters

Shilbottle celebrate their victory over Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield.
Shilbottle celebrate their victory over Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield.

Shilbottle CW 4 Duns FC 2 (aet at Shielfield Park, Berwick)

Laidler/Lancaster Cup Final

Shilbottle v Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield

Shilbottle v Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield

Shilbottle picked up their fifth trophy of the campaign on Friday when they added the Laidler/Lancaster Cup to the Berwick Charities Cup, the Stephen Carey Memorial Trophy, the Anderson Cup and the North Northumberland Football League Division One Championship already in the trophy cabinet.

However, this latest success proved more difficult than most imagined as their spirited second-division opponents took them right to the wire. Duns almost took the lead on five minutes when a header struck the crossbar.

Stephen Shendon then put a chance just wide for the Colliers as they began to get on top. Duns shocked the first-division champions when they took the lead after 35 minutes with a fortunate goal.

A right-wing corner by Jamie Lackenby cleared everyone in the box to strike the back-post and go into the net.

Shilbottle v Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield

Shilbottle v Duns Reserves in the final of the North Northumberland Laidler Lancaster Cup at Shielfield

The Borders side led by the only goal at the interval, but it did not take the Collies long to get back into the game following the restart.

The Colliers were awarded a penalty after 50 minutes and Duns controversially had a player sent off before Josh Hay smashed home the resultant spot-kick.

Hay then had a goal disallowed for offside then put a lob over the bar when clean through as Shilbottle began to take control.

However, Duns produced another shock on 65 minutes when they were awarded a controversial penalty of their own which was stuck home by Jamie Lackenby for his second goal of the game.

The Colliers hit back and Paul White had two attempts blocked on the line and Josh Hay hit the bar with a header.

They eventually drew level for a second time on 75 minutes when good work down the right flank from Jaden Hindhaugh saw his pull-back finished well by Hay.

The sides remained level until the end of regulation time, but, as the match moved into the extra period, it was apparent that the Scottish side were struggling as they had players continually going down with cramp.

Shilbottle were now well on top and took the lead midway through the first period of extra-time when Liam Brooks did well to control a long clearance and squared the ball for Hay to smash home and complete his hat-trick.

When Ross Gair aimed a strike from fully 40 yards over the keeper’s head and into the net during the second period of extra-time, the cup was on its way to Shilbottle.

Shilbottle: A Wilson, S McEwan, C Graham, R Murray, R Hume, P White, R Gair, P Grey, S Shendon, L Brooks, J Hay, R Brown, J Hindhaugh, R Douglas. Man-of-the-match was Duns keeper Phil Smith with Chris Graham taking the honours for Shilbotttle.

Division One

North Sunderland 4

Tweedmouth Rangers 3

In what was a great advert for grassroots football, North Sunderland ran out worthy winners by the odd goal in seven last Wednesday.

The home side settled the better and took an early lead following a fast free-flowing move down the right involving Stanton, Scott and Thompson.

It was Thompson who applied the finishing touch, calmly slotting the ball home.

Tweedmouth soon responded, though. After a brilliant save from keeper Dawson, the ball was headed home from the resulting corner-kick (1-1).

Back came North Sunderland and after excellent work in midfield by skipper McFarlane, Ross Stanton capitalised with a clinical finish (2-1).

North Sunderland at this stage were playing some classy football but were guilty of giving away too many free-kicks around the edge of the box.

Home keeper Matty Dawson, though, was in brilliant form and he made some superb saves to keep the home side ahead. North Sunderland made Tweedmouth pay for their misses and after a superb team move, Ryan Lillico netted to make it 3-1, with probably North Sunderland’s goal of the season.

The second half began with Tweedmouth pressing hard and forcing more free-kicks in dangerous areas, all of which Dawson dealt with brilliantly.

North Sunderland dug in and kept creating the odd chance with the front line working hard, giving the Tweedmouth defenders no chance to settle.

The away side pulled a goal back – when the ball broke in the six-yard box, their forward walked the ball into the empty net (3-2). More pressure ensued, but Keers and Carr were having solid games in the centre of defence, ably backed up by Brannigan and Thompson at full-back.

North Sunderland stretched their lead further when Pearson, for the umpteenth time, won the ball in midfield and fed McFarlane.

The skipper’s control and delightful through-ball fed top-scorer Ryan Thompson, who gleefully smashed the ball home for 4-2.

Great defending from Brannigan stopped a likely goal before Dawson then made an incredible save with his foot to stop a certain goal.

The pressure told, however, as Tweedmouth’s right winger fired home to make it 4-3.

Tweedmouth finished on the front foot, but couldn’t find an equaliser due to a never-say-die North Sunderland spirit combined with some tremendous defending.

Manager Alan McFarlane was delighted with the result and the effort from the home side. The club thanked all parties who have helped this season, with Gordon King deserving a special mention.

Tweedmouth Rangers v Shilbottle CW has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 24, kick-off 2pm.

l Also in Division One, Red Row Welfare beat visitors Tweedmouth Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.

Rangers then went on to win 4-2 at home to Bamburgh Castle on Monday night.