Champions Harrow fail to take advantage in NNL title chase
The North Northumberland League title race took another twist at the weekend when defending champions Tweedmouth harrow failed to take advantage of one of their two games in hand on leaders North Sunderland.
With the Seahouses side having a free week, the Harrow travelled to Embleton looking to narrow the four point deficit.
But instead of returning with all three points, they were held to a 2-2 draw, which means North Sunderland now head the table with a three point advantage, the Berwick side only having one game in hand.
But that’s not to forget Rothbury, who are slowly edging their way into the title picture.
They won 7-0 away to poingtless Alnwick Town Reserves on Saturday and are now third in the table, eight points off the top, but having played three games less.
Embleton WR 2
Tweedmouth Harrow 2
At the end of a hard physical games the points were shared between the teams. Tweedmouth had the better of the first half and goals from Nathan Short and Robin Brown gave the visitors an interval lead, but the home side came back during the second half to secure a point thanks to goals from Phil Grey and Jordan Turnbull .
Alnwick Town Res 0
Alnwick held their own as the game reached half-time goaless. During the second half play was again even until the final 2o minutes when they conceded seven times .
Goalscorers for Rothbury were Dan Thompson and Greg Woodburn with two each, plus single strikes from James Jackson, Gareth McCann and Joel Laviers .
Amble St Cuthbert 3
This was a good close game between two evenly matched sides .
Paul Muers gave Belford an early first half lead with Connor Stroughton equalising before half time .
The second half was again close until a 75th minute goal, with a well timed header from from Kevin Greshon put Belford ahead. They then sealed the win after 80 minutes when substitute Kevin France chipped the ball over the Amble keeper.
Shilbottle CW 1
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A competitive game between two sides in the lower reaches of the league saw honours even at a bright and breezy Welfare Ground.
The first half saw little by way of goalmouth action with the highlight being a cracking save from Andrew Wilson in the Colliers goal as he tipped a powerful effort over the bar.
The interval arrived with the game goalless but it was the Colliers who opened the scoring after 55 minutes with a cracking drive from Ryan Wilson finding the corner of the net. Josh Hay then had a header cleared off the line as the Colliers looked to increase their advantage.
However, it was Wooler who drew level on 65 minutes when Luke Strangeways nipped in to capitalise on a defensive error.
The situation got worse for Shilbottle five minutes later when their keeper Andrew Wilson was dismissed for a rash challenge outside of the box and with no keeper on the bench it fell to their goalscorer Ryan Wilson to done the glovers. His first action was to pull off a cracking save from the resulting free kick and he went on to make several outstanding saves as his side held on to take a point. In fact, the Colliers almost won the match late on when a header from Scott Neal struck the bar but a draw was probably a fair result.
NFA Minor Cup QF
Haltwhistle Jubilee 2
Newbiggin Res 1
Newbiggin’s NFA Minor Cup run came to an end when they were beaten 2-1 by Haltwhuistle Jubnilee in the quarter-finals o n Saturday.
Dan Hudson was the goalscorer for the NNL’s last remaining representatives in the competition.
It was a brave attempt by Newbiggin who have had a good run in this year’s event, and they can be justifiably proud of their achievements in reaching the last eight.
Fixtures for Saturday (February 24) are:
League - Alnwick Town Res v Belford; Embleton WR v Rothbury.
Anderson Cup quarter-finals (1.30pm KO) - Shilbottle CW v Newbiggin res; Wooler v Craster Rovers; Tweedmouth Harrow v Noirth Sunderland.
Table - NSunderland 17-38, Harrow 16-35, Rothbury 14-30, Amble SC 16-25, Embleton 17-24, Newbiggin Res 15-23, Belford 16-20, Shilbottle 14-17, Wooler 14-16, Craster 16-16, Alnwick Town Res 15-0.