League and cup double for Pegswood

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In the Morpeth Sunday League George Cave Cup final, Pegswood defeated last years winners Amble Tavern 3-1 and completed a league and cup double in the process.

It was Amble however that took the lead early in the contest as a strike from Darren Riddell on the edge of the area was deflected into the corner of the goal and past a helpless Pegswood defender on the line.

Pegswood levelled the game from the penalty spot. Amble goalkeeper Andrew Patterson fouled Pegswood forward Ashley McAlpine who dusted himself off to convert the spot-kick and in the process notched his 36th goal in what has been a tremendous season.

Before half-time Pegswood then took the lead in spectacular fashion. A cross into the box was headed up into the air by the Amble defence and Pegswood defender Matthew Cummings struck a fantastic volley into the top corner from just inside the box sparking wild celebrations on the touchline.

At half-time the game remained at 2-1 in what had been a pretty even contest.

You could sense the next goal would be crucial to the outcome of the game and it was Pegswood who scored it, giving themselves some vital breathing space.

Ashley McAlpine played a lovely one-two with Ross Donnelly and he made no mistake when one-on-one with the goalkeeper with a cool finish. The game was an entertaining contest and a fantastic advert for the league with both teams conducting themselves impeccably.

In Division One’s only game of the day, Bedlington Barrington Arms were in seventh heaven as they thrashed their local rivals Wharton Arms Bedlington 7-3. Scoring for The Monkey were Shaun Cowell who grabbed a quick-fire first half hat-trick, Calum Donohoe, Dylan Williamson, Josh Laverick and Ross Dixon. The Wharton replies were scored by Chris Dobey, Joe Moscrop and Curtis Taylor.

In the final Division Two game of the season, North End Trap defeated Blackthorn Rovers 6-4. Scoring for North End were Marc Nixon (3) Jack Small & Peter Godfrey (2). The Blackthorn goals were scored by Sean Potts, Kevin Rainbow (2) and in his last ever Sunday league game Rovers secretary Ian Brodie got the game’s final goal with a close-range volley.

This was also Blackthorn player Mark Durkin’s farwell game and the club wish to thank him for his loyal service.