Mel delights in good football in Les Alderson Memorial game

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Mel Harmison was delighted that his outfit addressed the balance after securing a 4-1 victory over Stephen Harmison’s Ashington XI in the Les Alderson Memorial Cup game at Woodhorn Lane on Sunday afternoon.

The Bedlington Terriers skipper – who saw his side go down to a 6-3 defeat last season – was impressed by what he saw.

“The first thing that gave us a lift was there was no Alan Hogg on the Ashington team sheet,” he said.

“Ironically, I had picked a younger squad this time round which would have adapted to Alan Hogg, who was our nemesis last year, but he was ruled out with an injury.

“However, I thought we played really well with some good football.”

Harmison was purring over the performances of some of his ‘ageless’ squad.

“We had a mixture of youth and old heads,” he added.

“But Lawrie Pearson and John Milner were class acts and Anthony Shandran should still be playing, whilst youth wise, I though Ben Harmison looked head and shoulders above everybody.”

Mel Harmison, hoping the day will turn into an annual event, concluded: “Sport is a great thing but the be all and end all was about the cause – Motor Neurone Disease.”