Cramlington Jrs: 3, FC Amble: 3
NMSL U10s Prem B Division
Amble threw away two precious points as Cramlington Jrs equalised with the last kick of a very good match.
Amble were once again slow out of the blocks, and keeper T Hall had to be alert when Cramlington had their first effort on goal after just 20 seconds. This seemed to awaken the youngsters, and D Ramshaw tested the home keeper with a smart shot. Amble continued to push and got their rewards after ten minutes when D Ramshaw turned the defender inside out, before playing in D Handyside, who then picked out M Kerr at the back post to strike a well placed shot passed the keeper (0-1). Both teams pressed for more goals, but it was the seasiders who went in to the halftime interval in front.
After a tight first half, the match sparked into action with a flurry of goals. Amble went 2-0 up when J Ford broke through and finished with a delightful finish into the far corner of the net. At this point, Amble were controlling the game and were comfortable. They then switched off and, rather than pass the ball, had a crazy three minute spell where they totally lost their shape and concentration, and found themselves level after two quick goals (2-2). They managed to recover their composure and went back in front with three minutes of the match left, when J Ford played in D Ramshaw, who tucked the ball away (2-3). With the clock ticking down, Amble needlessly gave the ball away and Cramlington took full advantage with a cross that evaded everyone except the home striker, who was unmarked in the centre of the goal with an open net (3-3). There was not even time to kick off as the time was now up.
The youngsters from Amble need to realise that you need to concentrate fully for the duration of the match and, at this level of football, you will be punished if you switch off. They went from being totally in charge and moving the ball well, to a team that looked like they had never played together. They now need to pick themselves up for next weeks match at home to Wallsend Boys club, and regain the passing game that has served them well so far this season.
Spurreli’s man of the match: J Ford