Northumberland Under-15s enjoy 100 per cent record at festival

Northumberland U15 who took part in the ESFA North East Counties Under 15 Festival. Picture by Stephen Beecroft.
Northumberland U15 who took part in the ESFA North East Counties Under 15 Festival. Picture by Stephen Beecroft.
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Northumberland travelled to Middlesbrough AFC Academy for the ESFA North East Counties Under-15 Festival.

They were up against Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire in a round robin series of games.

Northumberland started their first game against Durham on the front foot, taking the initiative early on with a fine strike by Cedwyn Scott (Prudhoe HS). After a good passing interchange wide on the right Sam Armstrong (Ponteland HS) tucked in a low cross to secure a 2-0 win.

They rotated their squad for the next game against Cumbria and took a while to settle. They created chances but lacked the killer instinct to score, until a surging run by Liam Bell (Blyth Academy) who drifted past two players and finished low into the corner.

The third game pitted Northumberland against North Yorkshire, imposing their neat passing play to create chances before a cross cum shot by Bell evaded the goalkeeper and crept in at the near post. They wrapped up the victory when a sweet strike by Alan Wilson (Ponteland HS).

Northumberland pressed early on against Cleveland in their fourth game with Scott Woodhouse (Ponteland HS) opening the scoring. Northumberland continued to pressure and were rewarded when the lively Woodhouse nudged in his second of the game. Cleveland pulled a goal back to make it a tense finish but Northumberland held out.

And they capped off a fantastic day by securing a 3-1 win against South Yorkshire in their final game. A header by Owen Davidson (Heaton Manor HS) got Northumberland off to a great start, followed by a tremendous 25-yard strike by Bell. South Yorkshire pulled a goal back but Danny Barlow (Whitley Bay HS) chipped in a fine goal to seal the win.