FC Amble U10s: 3, Ashington: 2
NMSL U10s Prem B Division (29/04/12)
In a reverse fixture, Ashington played host to Amble in the final game of the season, played on a windy morning at Hirst Welfare. Amble controlled most of the play but were hauled back by two stunning strikes that kept Ashington in the game.
Amble kicked off into a strong wind and were almost undone when Ashington fired over after only two minutes. Amble then got the ball down and played nice football to pull the Ashington team around the pitch. Amble had a great chance when D Handyside raced through and went around the keeper, only to see his shot kept out by a covering defender on the line. M Kerr struck a vicious effort from the rebound, which saw the keeper get back and make a great save. M Kerr followed this up shortly afterwards with another well struck shot that was again well kept out. R Paton , B Handyside and K Goodwin kept Ashington at bay, and the one opportunity Ashington created was kept out by a brave save from keeper T Hall, who took a knock to the head when going down at the feet of the striker. Amble continued to caress the ball about well and kept good width through D Handyside and D Armstrong, who both caused their markers problems all morning. It was Amble who opened their account shortly before half-time, where J Ford followed up his original shot to blast the ball home. Half-time 1-0.
Amble then had the wind at their back and took advantage early in the second half when D Handyside sent over a pinpoint free kick for D Ramshaw, to finish neatly at the back post (2-0). However, when Amble thought that they were going to have an easy morning, Ashington responded with a fantastic long range strike, which had T Hall at full stretch, but despite getting his fingertips to it, the ball snuck in under the bar (2-1).
Amble were undeterred by this set back and pushed on for more goals. D Handyside once again broke through and was thwarted by a good save from the keeper, and K Goodwin also had a shot well saved before Amble netted once again. It was, once again, D Handyside who assisted another goal with some good play, before squaring for sniffer Ramshaw to once again finish in style (3-1). With time ticking down, Ashington once again came back into it with another top class strike, which rifled into the very corner of the goal with T Hall, once again, having no chance (3-2). Amble managed to see the remainder of the game out and came away with a good victory against a very good Ashington team in a match played in great spirit.
That completes Amble’s maiden season in what has been an absolutely tremendous response from the young seasiders, who have matched up well to the big guns in the area and more than held their own. FC Amble would like to give a massive thank you to Bruce Durham from Premier Corporate Training, who provided strips and raincoats for the newly formed team, and also Katie Spurr from Spurreli Ice Cream Boutique, who has provided ice creams for players attaining the man of the match. This support has been massive in respect of getting the team moving in the right direction and is greatly appreciated.
Spurreli man of the match (joint): D Handyside / T Hall.