Three-goal win up north keeps Newbiggin at top of the table

North Northumberland League round-up

Division One

Berwick United 1

AFC Newbiggin 3

This was a well-contested game with a Tony Messenger goal separating the sides at half-time.

In the scond half, Berwick found the net with an Alan Thompson goal. But a second goal from Messenger and a Mason Armstrong strike kept Newbiggin top of the division.

Rothbury 2 Springhill 3

In a game that was a good advert for the league, Rothbury found themselves two goals down after 14 minutes as Mark Lockhart and Nathan Short scored for Springhill.

Rothbury recovered from the setback and hit back to draw level before half-time thanks to a John Angus goal on 30 minutes and a Craig Sutton penalty after 40 minutes.

In the 89th minute a mix-up in the Rothbury defence saw Lockhart grab the winning goal for Springhill.

Shilbottle CW 2 Red Row 3

Phil Grey gave Shilbottle the lead after only two minutes’ play.

During the rest of the half, keepers Andrew Wilson and John Charlton were called upon to make some good saves to keep their sides in the game but with 40 minutes played Darren Smith broke clear to score the equaliser for Red Row.

After 70 minutes, Sean Palmer, and then 80 minutes, Paul Smith, both netted from 25 yards.

Shilbottle came back and on 88 minutes Kenny Collins netted from the edge of the area but it was too little, too late as Red Row hung on.

Division Two

Amble St Cuthbert 1

Tweedmouth Rangers 9

Amble held their own for the first 30 minutes but then two goals from Craig Todd gave Tweedmouth the lead and further goals from Lee Dodd and Gary Robertson saw them in control at half-time.

It went from bad to worse after half-time as Peter McAskill netted two more for the visitors before Amble were awarded a penalty which Timmy Young netted for a consolation goal.

But Craig Dodd completed his hat-trick, with Craig Walker scoring two before the end.

Bamburgh Castle 3

Craster Rovers 1

Castle started brightly, and good work down the left flank from debutant James Dixon, allowed Johny Johnson to cross to Gaz McCann, arriving at the far post to open the scoring on 10 minutes. Craster Rovers were awarded a penalty soon after which Tom Davidson converted to level.

Bamburgh Castle were soon back in the lead as McCann was onto a loose backpass in a flash to confidently fire home his second after 21 minutes. Indecision in the Craster defense lead to Bamburgh’s third goal. Alex Mackay’s goal-bound punt was helped on by Gaz McCann to complete another hat-trick.

Bamburgh saw the game out after the break to remain clear at the top of the league.

Bamburgh Castle FC: D Egdell, G Turner, C Bell, A Baillie, A Mackay, D Johnson, W Farmer, S Archer, G McCann, J Johnson (C), J Dixon, J Love, K Leung. Man-of-the-match: W Farmer. Match sponsor: The Cook and Barker, Newton on the Moor.

Boulmer FC 3

Alnmouth Utd 1

A steady performance from Boulmer saw them move up to fourth in the division.

An own-goal gave them the lead at half-time and, with 65 minutes played, Stuart Sullivan scored to double the advantage.

On 89 minutes Danny Donohoe pulled a goal back for Alnmouth. Boulmer made sure of the win in the final minutes thanks to a goal from Shaun Toal.

Wooler Res 2 Lowick Utd 3

Wooler were the better side during the first half and led at half-time thanks to a 30th-minute goal from Ross Allan and a 35th-minute strike from James Jeffrey.

Stephen Fairbairn pulled a goal back after 50 minutes with Gary Fairbairn grabbing the equaliser after 75 minutes.

A goal from a free-kick gave Lowick all three points.

NFA Minor Cup

North Sunderland 0

Red House Farm 3

The home club missed some good chances and the visitors progressed to the next round(see report left).