United win battle of local rivals


AMBLE didn’t have far to travel, with a visit to local rivals Stobswood on Saturday.

The visitors got the match under way in an end-to-end contest with both teams having one or two early chances.

Amble took the lead in the 24th minute when, after some good approach play, the ball fell to Brent Robertson, who fired his shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Stobswood equalised in the 26th minute.

The Amble defence seemed to go to sleep and allowed Kevin Bell in to lob the ball over Andrew Patterson to level. Amble restored the lead in the 36th minute through Sean Taylor, who burst through the home defence with an excellent run before putting his shot in the top right corner of the net to give Amble a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Stobswood restarted the game after the interval.

Amble scored again in the 46th minute when Sean Taylor caught the home defence out and ran on to fire the ball home for his second, giving the home keeper Marc Mavin no chance.

The game was end-to-end once again until 66th minute when Stobswood won a penalty through Adam Shanks which he converted himself. Amble had several chances after this but could not put them away but held on to win 3-2, keeping them fourth in the league.

Amble: A Patterson, M Hume, S Kelly, B Aisbitt, R Stewart, G Dance, R Gair, D Riddell, S Taylor, B Robertson, J Hay, R Brown, R Douglas, A Turvey, S Gibbard. Pier 81 man-of-the-match: Greg Dance.

Next match is on Saturday away to Heddon Institute, kick-off 2.30pm.