Newbiggin win Anderson Cup in NNL
Newbiggin lifted the first silverware of the season in the North Northumberland League when they beat Wooler 3-2 in the final of the Anderson Cup at St James’ Park in Alnwick on Friday.
Newbiggin made the better start and took a three-goal lead with goals from Jordan Denton and Stephen Lucas, who netted twice.
Wooler came more into the game and pulled a goal back just before half-time with a Sam Cowens’ goal. In the second half, the game was even as both sides created chances with no finishing touch until Tom Allan netted a second for Wooler to set up a frantic finish but Newbiggin held on to take the trophy .
A youthful Alnwick team matched their stronger opponents for much of the game but just ran out of steam during the final stages .
Goals from Tom Vickers after 20 and 22 minutes gave the visitors the lead at half-time.
Alnwick started strongly after half-time and their pressure paid off after 60 minutes when Alan Wallace pulled a goal back, but as they tired, Tom Vickers netted again to complete his hat-trick and seal the win .
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Amble Masons had a 4-3 extra-time win over Embleton & Craster.
Richard Stanwix gave Craster a lead at half-time. In the second half, Max Sanson equalised for Masons but a Evan Moir goal restored the visitors’ lead before Masons hit back and a Joe Flanighan goal sent the game into extra time.
Goals from Robson Scott and Flanighan saw the Masons progress into the semi-finals.
In the league, Ashington Town won 3-2 away to Alnmouth.
Fixtures for Saturday (March 30) are:
League – Alnwick Town dev v Alnmouth United; Amble St Cuthbert v Craster & Embleton; Lowick United v Newbiggin; North Sunderland v Wooler.