FC Amble 8, Northburn Wanderers 0
NMSL U10s Group S (04/12/11)
Amble entertained Northburn Wanderers on a very cold and blustery winter morning, and blew them away with a red hot performance.
Amble came flying out the blocks and D Ramshaw hit the side netting in only the second minute of the game. They continued to press and got their just rewards after nine minutes when J Ford and D Armstrong neatly worked an opening for D Ramshaw, who duly obliged by putting the ball in the back of the net (1-0). K Goodwin then gave Northburn a warning when he struck a long range shot just over the crossbar. Northburn once again failed to close down the powerful defender who broke through and smashed the ball in to the back of the net from well outside the area (2-0). All the play was in the Northburn half and Amble saw their next opportunity come off the crossbar when a B Handyside corner was headed goalwards by D Handyside. Amble went 3-0 up when D Handyside once again broke through and finished clinically. Not to be outdone B Handyside added a fourth just before the interval when he whipped in a dangerous cross which deceived everyone, including the Northburn keeper (4-0).
Amble came out for the second half in the same vein and were hungry for more goals. They did not have to wait long as the classy J Ford slipped the ball through for D Ramshaw who finished smartly to make it 5-0. The away team could not get a grip of Ford in the middle of the park and he next played in D Handyside to make it 6-0. At this stage Ambles passing game was a joy to behold as they ripped through the beleaguered visitors who had no answers. Whenever they pushed into Amble territory they were quickly dispossessed by the impressive defensive partnership of R Paton and B Handyside, who unfortunately for Keeper T Hall, never gave them a chance. This saw him limited to one jinky episode in which he skinned the onrushing Northburn striker before picking out a teammate. Amble made it 7-0 when D Handyside notched another hat trick after being picked out with an inch perfect 25 yard pass from D Armstrong . M Kerr was then pushed up front but saw two good strikes kept out with two good saves, and J Ford rattled the post with a fantastic strike before D Handyside finished the rout with a neat finish to make the final score 8-0.
This was a very impressive performance from the youngsters who demolished a team that are currently lying in mid-table of the league, but could not handle the passing game of Amble which was aided by a pitch that is in fantastic condition for this time of the year.
Spurreli’s man of the match: J Ford