Welfare notch 24 in goal frenzy

Red Row Welfare...24 Amble St Cuthbert...0

North Northumberland League, Division Two

RED Row went goal crazy against bottom side Amble St Cuthbert to move top of the table on Saturday.

Top-scorer Darren Smith began the rout after two minutes and the lead was quickly doubled by Robert Baker before Kevin Bell grabbed a quickfire hat-trick to make it 5-0 after less than half-an-hour played.

Sean Palmer then fired home with an exquisite 25-yard volley before Smith followed suit by scoring a fine volley of his own, with Palmer this time turning provider.

Marc Nixon grabbed his first competitive goal for Red Row from the penalty spot before playing in Bell to make it four for him and nine for Red Row at half-time.

Red Row showed no mercy after the interval and Bell got his fifth and Nixon scored a fine lob before Robert Baker scored two more to earn a well-deserved hat-trick.

Sean Palmer then scored another delightful volley from outside the box before young Jack Small flicked a header in from Karl Taylor’s cross to open his Red Row account.

Darren Smith sprung back to life with two fine finishes before setting up Bell for his double hat-trick.

Nixon then earned himself a hat trick before Sean Anderson made it 20-0 on 80 minutes.

There was still time for Smith to get his fifth goal of the game before Palmer netted his third to cap another brilliant display.

Amble almost grabbed a late consolation as Peter Coxford’s stinging drive left player-manager David Whenray desperately scrambling towards the bottom corner to keep it out.

Bell scored his seventh of the game to cap what was another impressive display for him to take his and strike partner Darren Smith’s combined total to 25 goals after only five games.

John Charlton atoned for earlier being nutmegged by Amble man-of-the-match Pele Coulter by finishing the scoring off to make it an incredible 24-0 to Red Row.

Red Row squad: M Mavin, J Charlton, R Baker, D Palmer, M Straker, K Taylor, J Small, S Palmer, M Nixon, D Smith, K Bell, D Whenray, S Anderson, J Charlton. HFC Pizzas man-of-the-match: Kevin Bell