BLYTH Rangers Valencia Under-16s started 2012 by booking a semi-final place in this year’s Northumberland FA North East Divisional Cup with a 5-0 win away to Ashington CFC Under-16s.
Ross Laidlaw’s header in the opening minutes from Rob Goodall’s cross got Blyth off to a flyer.
This was quickly followed by a Rhys Brown strike which dropped down off the crossbar straight to Laidlaw who had a simple tap in to make it two.
Andrew Asman’s strike was cleared off the line and both Goodall and Laidlaw had chances to increase the lead.
The second half started with another flourish. Josh Carr, on as substitute, fired low to make it three before Liam Sinkinson’s used his pace down the right to cut in and set up Laidlaw for his third and Blyth’s fourth. A deserved hat-trick for the man of the match.
There was still time left for Jack Young to set up Goodall, who finished well.
Valencia host Ashington again on Sunday in the league at Broadway, kick-off 2pm.
BLYTH SPARTANS U15s 5 BLYTH TOWN U15s 0
AN in-form Blyth Spartans Under-15s beat higher division Blyth Town to book a place in the semi-final of the Northumberland FA North East Divisional Cup.
Both sides created chances with the first real falling to Spartans’ Liam Wall which was comfortably saved by Town’s impressive keeper.
The breakthrough came midway through the first half when ex-Town player James Gillie collected the ball and fed it through to the hard-working Wall and he lifted it beyond the out-stretched keeper.
The second was not too far behind when another ex-Town player, Luke Watson, went past three players and fired high into the top corner.
Spartans were unable to rest easy as Town’s play was a constant threat and the start of the second half saw Town’s best period of the game, but Spartans’ defence held strong.
Then 20 minutes into the second half Wall added to his tally with another, and the fourth followed from an excellent well drilled strike from the boot of Jordan Yeoman’s.
Wall completed an impressive hat-trick with the fifth.
ASHINGTON CFC U13s 3 BLYTH RANGERS U13s 5
BLYTH Rangers Under-13s Deportivo returned to league action following the Christmas break and came away with three points from a hard fought Pin Point Recruitment League match against Ashington.
Ashington went in front on two minutes with a superb header which gave Alex Cockburn in the Rangers goal no chance.
Jack Bell hit the post with a long range effort soon after as Rangers pushed for the equaliser, which duly came in the sixth minute when the Ashington keeper saved well from a Shane Clough effort only to see Liam Thomson show great composure before firing the ball into the top of the net from just outside the box.
Rangers took the lead in the 12th minute with a carbon copy of their first goal. This time the keeper saved Kristian Sands shot only for Tom Fulthorpe’s to score from close range.
Ashington then scored from a superb long range free kick to level things up at 2-2, before Jordan Hall played the ball through for Kristian Sands to score Rangers’ third.
Ashington were rewarded with another equaliser before Hall played the ball out wide to Callum Robinson who picked out Sands who scored with another lob over the keeper to put Rangers up at 4-3, which is how it stayed until half-time.
Alex Cockburn was called into action on the restart, saving bravely at the centre forward’s feet, before Ashington were unlucky to see an effort from an acute angle hit the bar and bounce to safety.
Further chances came and went for both teams before Sands added Rangers’ fifth.