Four second half goals secure Ashington RAOB cup win

Morpeth Sunday League - Ken Gray Memorial Cup Final - Ashington RAOB v Shambles FC Morpeth'Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography
Morpeth Sunday League - Ken Gray Memorial Cup Final - Ashington RAOB v Shambles FC Morpeth'Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography

Ashington RAOB won the last cup final of the Morpeth Sunday League season when they beat Shambles FC in the final.

Four second half goals secured the Ken Gray Memorial Cup for the Buffs at Ashington FC’s Woodhorn Lane ground.

The first half was very keenly contested and the better chances fell to Ashington, however, in spite of hitting the crossbar with a free kick they were unable to score and the teams went in level at half-time.

There was quite a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch and Ashington had the advantage in the second half and they started well and kept Shambles on the back foot for quite a time.

But the Shambles defence held firm and they also created a couple of decent chances themselves.

But about two thirds through the match, the Buffs struck twice within a couple of minutes through Michael Angus and Lee Scott.

It was difficult for Shambles to come back but they stuck to their task well and kept Ashington at bay until late in the match when Luke Robinson, who had earlier come on as a substitute, scored twice to seal the game.

The man of the match award went to Luke Robinson for his general play and the two goals he contributed, even though he was not on the pitch for the full match.

A good crowd had been entertained with a sporting game which was well controlled by referee Michael Floyd and his assistants Andrew Armstrong and Steven Slater, with Peter Taylor acting as fourth official.

Formerly known as the Subsidiary Cup, the league management committee decided to run the competition as the Ken Gray Memorial Cup in order to commemorate over 40 years’ service which Ken gave to the league as its chairman.

A new cup was provided by Ken’s family and his son-in-law, Sean Willis, presented the trophies.

And the league placed on record its thanks to the Gray family for their generous gesture.

And it was fitting that two of Sean Willis’ sons played for Ashington RAOB.

The League Champions Shield was also presented to Tony Matthews, the long-standing secretary of Ashington RAOB.

The ES Johnson Challenge Cup and the George Cave Memorial Cup were both won by Amble Tavern in hard fought games versus Bedlington Market Tavern and Bedlington Social Club respectively.

There is still continued uncertainty about the future of the league, but the committee said it is doing all it can to try to keep things going for at least one more season.

The entrance fees for next season have been held at £25 for the league plus £20 for the George Cave Memorial Cup, and there is no other outlay to the league other than fines incurred.

If any clubs are interested in joining they should contact Alan Parker on (01670) 819459 or Syd Johnson on (01670) 531224.