FC Amble: 2, Blyth Town Whites: 1
Amble played host to Blyth Town Whites on a glorious morning almost three weeks since their last match.
Despite the long break, Amble came out of the blocks playing some nice passing football and were the first of the two teams to put together a good attack, which saw D Handyside putting his shot just over the bar then following up shortly after when he had a shot well saved by the visiting keeper at 13 minutes. Blyth did not let the hosts have it their own way but found themselves behind when J Ford showed some great individual flair before playing in D Ramshaw, who finished coolly to put Amble 1-0 up.
It was the visitors’ turn next when they hit the woodwork with a free kick from the edge of the box, which rattled the crossbar before Amble cleared the rebound. In an end to end match, D Ramshaw was once again through on goal after a through ball from R Paton, but this time the finish eluded the little fella. Half time 1-0.
Amble came straight out for the second half and almost extended their lead immediately. J Ford saw his right-footed strike brilliantly pushed on to the post by the Blyth keeper when everyone thought it was on its way in. Blyth continued to attack also. But the defence of B Handyside, K Goodwin and R Paton were brilliant, denying them on numerous occasions until they were finally breached after 44 minutes, when Blyth got in behind and slipped the ball past keeper T Hall (1-1).
This angered the young seasiders, who shook themselves down and pushed Blyth on to the back foot, and were once again unlucky not to go ahead, when K Goodwin unleashed an effort that hit the inside of the post before hitting the keeper and going behind for a corner. Amble nearly extended their lead from the corner when the ball found its way to D Ramshaw who fired just over from a tight angle. With time running out, Amble compiled the move of the match when keeper T Hall spread the ball to B Handyside, who then sent the ball wide to D Handyside. D Handyside then fed the ball in to D Ramshaw, who turned his man and played in K Goodwin, who cut inside and finished a great move in the dying seconds to give Amble a 2-1 victory.
The youngsters from Amble once again showed their never-say-die attitude, and fought hard to gain what was a great win after a long layoff.
Spurreli’s man of the match: D Handyside.