SUNDAY saw the first finals of the Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League season take place at Bedlington Terriers’ Welfare Park.
Many thanks to the committee of Bedlington Terriers for their continued support to our league with the use of their facilities.
The first final was between Ashington Grand Street and The Albert North Shields.
The length of the table almost separates these two sides, but on this showing there wasn’t much to choose between them. Nerves seemed to pay a big part on the way the game panned out.
The game was even early on but from a resulting corner, Grand Street defenders failed to clear the danger. As the ball was delivered to the far post Richard May scored with an easy header.
Grand Street came more into the game with Frater causing the Albert’s defence trouble.
It was from one of his mazy runs which earned the Grand Street a penalty when he was impeded. Frater himself took the resulting kick but failed to make a firm contact and Albert keeper McMahon made an easy save.
The second period was as much as the first. Grand Street struggling to get a foot hold in midfield.
Once again, Frater was causing problems, but mainly from midfield.
It was from Frater’s persistence the Grand Street drew level.
Frater picked up a loose ball 35 yards from goal. He took a couple of paces forward and unleashed a thunderous shot. McMahon was left rooted to the spot. The keeper just watched as the ball hit the post, then roll along the goal line and hit the other post and come out. Fortunately, Chris Hogg followed up and scored from the rebound.
With the game heading towards extra time, once again Grand Street’s defence were caught napping and Dean Clay scored with a header to put the Albert back in front. This was the last of the action as the Albert saw out the rest of the game.
Man of the match award went to the Albert’s Colin Dougal. Match sponsor Trevor Scott, of CR Scott Ltd Blyth, gave out trophies to all players, officials and mascots.
The afternoon’s game saw a much more entertaining final.
Burradon and New Fordley took on Newbiggin FC in the SA Randolph Cup.
This game was barely eight minutes old when Burradon took the lead. Stephen Howes made progress down the wing. Got past the defender and put in a perfect cross for Paul Wilary to open the scoring.
However, the lead didn’t last long. From a free kick 30 yards out, Rob Holden stepped up with a shot all along the ground. The Burradon keeper made a mess of stopping it; the ball went through his hands and trickled over the line.
This spurred Newbiggin on and they took the lead with another fierce shot from Ashley Smith.
Just before the interval, Burradon drew level. A free-kick was floated into the box, Michael Burn got a flick on and David Atkinson headed past the stranded keeper to level the scores at the brake.
Burradon upped the pace and it was no surprise when they took the lead seven minutes into the second half. Paul Wilary once again on target.
Paul Wilary completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes when he turned the defender and lobbed the on coming keeper.
Credit to Newbiggin they came back at Burradon who sat back on their lead.
It was no surprise when the nippy Newbiggin forwards caused problems and when the forward was brought down in the box the referee had no hesitation awarding the spot kick.
Rob Holden stepped up and placed the ball to the keeper’s right as he moved to the left. With only a few minutes remaining Burradon just ran the clock down to lift the cup.
At the conclusion, Jimmy Scott, of Standard Security, presented the trophies to match officials, players and mascots.
The league committee would like to thank both of our two sponsors of the games.
In the premier division Ashington RAOB and Whitley Bay Cibos shared the points in a 2-2. Scoring for the Buffs were Shaun McCafferty and Shaun Gibson. Star player was Stuart Douglas. Chris Woolley and Garrick Collins replied for the Cibos. Paul King was their star man.
Blyth Comrades came away from Tynemouth Gunner with the points with a 4-0 win. They made the best of the chances they were presented with by the Gunner defence. Goals for the Comrades came from star man Daniel Long two, Terry Self and Chris Mitchell.
The Eagle and Ashington Mortimer played out a 2-2 draw. On target for the Eagle was Scott Evans with two. Star player for the Eagle was Andrew Davison. Martin Humble and own goal drew the Mortimer level. Greg Dance was their star player.
In division one Blyth Masons Arms overcame Blyth Seahorse by the odd goal in five. Brian Gabbitas and David Burt scored for the Seahorse. Paul Cotterill was their star man. Kevin Long, James Woodhouse and star man Marc Carroll scored for the Masons.
Milbourne Arms had a much needed win at home against Earsdon Red Lion. They overcame their visitors 2-0 with goals from Adam Hughes and David Hepples. Star man was defender Paul Katz. Star man for the Red Lion was Wayne O’Brien.
Monkseaton Arms surge up the table continued with another fine win. This time at home with a 4-0 win over High Street. Scoring for the Arms were Mark Allen, Antony Brannon, Chris McAbe and star man Liam Hudson. Star man for the High Street was David Anderson.
New Delaval and Newsham was no match for promotion chasing Monkseaton Hunting Lodge. They went down 6-0 at home. Star man for the Newsham side was Ian Locke. On target for the Lodge was star man Nigel Morris with a hat-trick. David Nichol added two more. Andrew McCartney scored their final goal.
North Shields Gunner is another side pushing for promotion; they had a fine win away to Rockcliffe Arms, beating their host by 5-2. Richard Stretton and Simon Gourley scored for the Rockcliffe. Carl Dickson was their star man. Goals for the Gunner came from Andrew Robinson and Kevin Watler with two each. Adam Burn added their final goal. James D Ridley was their star player.
Division two saw both title rivals Ashington Grand and Cowpen Percy Arms play out a goalless draw. How the game ended goal-less with the Percy hitting the post on numerous occasions. The Grand are still in the driving seat with three games in hand over the Percy. Star players were Ryan Lonsdale for the Grand and Dean Fitch for the Percy.
Ashington Fox Clover and Bedlington Community shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Bedlington will be kicking themselves as they threw away a two goal lead. Goals for the Community came from Richard and Carl Stobbart. Keeper Michael Robinson once again was their star player. He was outstanding and kept their point safe. Scoring for the Cover was Shaun Wasylowski and Kris Allington who came off the bench to gain a point for his side. Star man was Aaron Frazer.
Other results are not to hand in this division.
Next Sunday two more finals take place at Bedlington Welfare. In the morning with a 10.30am kick off is the Alan Davison Cup between Burradon and New Fordley and Whitley Bay Cibos. This final is sponsored by ex league secretary and life member Alan Davison.
In the afternoon with a 2.30pm kick off, Ashington Grand take on Whitley Bay Bedroom. Reay Security Ltd sponsor this final.