North Northumberland League round-up
Wooler...4 Berwick Utd...1
A ROBERT Shepherd goal gave Wooler the advantage at half-time in a good game, with the Berwick keeper pulling off some good saves during the half.
In the second half, Shepherd netted his second and James Scott added a third before Terry James pulled a goal back for Berwick.
Wooler made sure of the win to keep them on top of the division, Luke Strangeways adding a fourth goal before the final whistle.
Embleton WR...3 Rothbury...4
THIS was not Embleton’s best performance of the season as Rothbury took full advantage to take three valuable points.
Mitchell Ramsay gave Rothbury an early lead but Mark Forrest equalised midway through the half.
A disputed penalty awarded to Rothbury was well saved by keeper James Thorp but, with 40 minutes played, George Scot netted to put Rothbury ahead.
After 55 minutes, Stephen Sparrow added a third for Rothbury but, two minutes later, Mitchell Logan pulled a goal back for Embleton.
George Scott got his second of the game to restore Rothbury’s two-goal advantage with Mark Forrest getting his second for Embleton a minute later.
SANDERSON CUP, PRELIMINARY ROUND
STOBSWOOD created a lot of chances but couldn’t score.
They found themselves one down at half-time through a 20th minute goal from Gary McDonnell. In the second half, a 50th minute goal from Lenny Lansbury saw Stobswood draw level and, after 80minutes, Dean Short netted the winner for the home team.
Tweedmouth Harrow...2 Springhill...3
IN this local derby, Darren Flanighan gave Harrow the lead but Kyle Wood equalised before half-time.
After the break, Robbie Shelly restored the Harrow lead but Aaron Wood equalised for Springhill and, with the last kick of the game, Johnny Suthren netted the winner for Springhill.
Red Row Welfare...7
Shilbottle CW Res...0
RED Row maintained their 100 per cent start to the season by completing a league double over Shilbottle Reserves on Saturday.
Shilbottle started much the brighter and had Red Row firmly on the back foot for the first 15 minutes and would have gone ahead had it not been for an excellent goal-line clearance by Sean Palmer from a bullet header directly from a Shilbottle corner.
Welfare eventually got their act together and Kevin Bell went close to opening the scoring after an excellent Robert Baker lobbed pass.
The home side finally scored after a sliced Palmer shot landed at the feet of Marc Nixon, who skilfully turned on a sixpence to fire into the bottom corner.
They doubled their lead before half-time when Bell latched onto a sloppy back pass and unselfishly passed to Palmer, who slotted into an empty net.
Palmer doubled his account after the break as his awkward shot trickled through the unfortunate Shaun Mckay’s legs and into the Shilbottle goal.
Red Row started to take control of the game with Baker pulling the strings in midfield and he made it 4-0 with a precise half-volley from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, but he soon outdid himself expertly curling into the top corner from roughly the same spot as his first to make it 5-0.
Darren Smith finished well to grab his 18th of the season and won a penalty that Baker calmly slotted home to grab a well-deserved hat-trick and make the final result 7-0 to Red Row.
Red Row: J Charlton, J Giles, M Straker, M Smith, J Gray, K Taylor, R Baker, S Palmer, M Nixon, D Smith, K Bell, D Palmer, D Whenray, D Tinlin. Match sponsor: Jolly Girlz. Match hospitality: Red Row Brick Club. HFC Pizzas man-of-the-match: Marc Nixon.
North Sunderland...5 Alnmouth Utd...2
IN an end-to-end game, Carl Avery, Andrew Robertson and Ryan Thompson all scored during the first half to give the home team the advantage at half-time. In the second half, John Winter and Russell Stalker pulled goals back for Alnmouth but two goals from Ross Stanton made sure of the win for North Sunderland.
THERE was plenty of goalmouth action in this game as Andy Drinkeld, Ben Lamb and Stu Hoyle all scored for Hedgeley in the first half but Peter Macaskill, Kevin Logan, Andrew Burgess and Craig Todd saw Tweedmouth ahead at half-time.
In the second half, Richard Johnson equalised for Hedgeley but Craig Todd added two more to complete his hat-trick plus a Craig Howard goal made it seven for Tweedmouth before Daniel Havelin netted a fifth goal for Hedgeley.
RUNCIMAN CUP, PRELIMINARY ROUND
Craster Rovers...2 AFC Newbiggin...5
CRASTER started with the wind blowing at their backs but Newbiggin were quickly causing them problems and were 1-0 up through Alan Brown.
Colin McLelland grabbed another for the visitors soon after.
Craster hit back with Edwin Gillon causing mayhem with his pace and Hogg, Smart and Charlton working hard in midfield.
The goal eventually came, Gillon stabbing home to make it 1-2. The equaliser came with Craster on top – a corner came out to the edge of the box and the ball fell to Gillon to finish well. With a minute of the half left, Johnathan McAnaney scored a fantastic free-kick to put Newbiggin 3-2 up.
The second half was a similar battle with some interesting ‘tackles’. McAnaney scored his second from the spot after a foul and Kevin Halliday wrapped it up with a fifth for Newbiggin.
Match sponsor: David Clarke.
Alnwick Town U21...1
JOHNNY Love gave Bamburgh the lead but a Danny Donohoe goal saw Alnwick level at half-time. Bamburgh made sure of progress as Chris Dalton and Dan Johnson both scored during the second half.
Sanderson Cup (Preliminary round)
Stobswood Utd 2 Longhoughton Rg 1; Tweedmouth Harrow 2 Springhill 3.
Wooler 4 Berwick Utd 1; Shilbottle CW 3 Belford 0; Embleton WR 3 Rothbury 4.
Runciman Cup (Preliminary round)
Craster Rovers 2 AFC Newbiggin 5; Bamburgh Castle 3 Alnwick Town U21 1.
Red Row Welfare 7 Shilbottle Res 0; North Sunderland 5 Alnmouth Utd 2; Hedgeley Rovers 5 Tweedmouth Rgrs 7.
(All kos 2pm unless stated)
Belford v Wooler; Berwick Utd v Embleton WR; Tweedmouth Harrow v Stobswood Utd; Rothbury v Longhoughton Rg; Springhill v Shilbottle CW.
Alnmouth Utd v Craster Rovers; North Sunderland v Tweedmouth Rgs; Alnwick Town U21 v Hedgeley Rovers; Amble St Cuthbert v Bamburgh Castle; Shilbottle CW Res v AFC Newbiggin.