Ponteland put seven past Wallsend

Ponteland United opened up their Northern Alliance season with a comprehensive win over Wallsend Boys’ Club the Leisure Centre on Saturday.

The only newcomers added to last year’s squad to make the 16-man selection were Steven Satterthwaite and teenager Toy Spratt, who has impressed in pre-season.

The visitors looked strong and powerful early on and forced the first corner, but it came to nothing.

Wallsend created the first real opening when Daniel Hindmarch got goal side of L’Argent but he pulled his shot wide from a narrow angle.

On ten minutes Pont’s young centre back Rory Spencer showed good technique when he hit a shot on the volley inches over the bar from just outside the area.

United were moving the ball around sweetly and gaining in confidence, and on 15 minutes they were rewarded when Scott powered a header from Zac Bewley’s corner against the bar and it fell kindly to Spencer to fire home.

Ponteland continued to play some nice football but it all went sour for Wallsend on 25 minutes when Adam Tierney put his head to Stevie Rae in front of the referee and he had no option but to send him off.

Rae had to leave the field with blood flowing from a cut eyebrow and unfortunately for the skipper he did not return and was replaced by Holden.

Pont took full advantage of the extra man and doubled their lead on 35 minutes when Holden finished off a flowing move between Ethan Bewley and Potts.

Ponteland continued to press and went in at half-time two goals to the good in a half where they had played some good football all over the park with every player making a sound contribution.

At the start of the second half Satterthwaite, who was linking up well in midfield with Reece-Brown, shot from distance but just over the bar.

The third goal arrived on 50 minutes courtesy of an own goal by Kieran Tubman as he tried in vain to stop Zac Bewley’s cross only to see the ball roll into the bottom corner.

United were now in full control and the fourth came from teenager Ethan Bewley five minutes later. Another teenager, Havelock-Brown, broke from midfield and sent Potts scampering down the right. His cross found Darwent who teed it up for Bewley who still had something to do before rifling the ball past Robertshaw.

Pont were on fire and looked dangerous every time they went forward.

With 30 minutes still remaining Ethan Bewley was involved again, this time slipping the ball past the advancing keeper but wide of the goal. Gathering the ball himself he chipped it to the far post for Billy Holden to head home his second.

United, perhaps understandably, went off the boil as they made a couple of substitutions giving Rankin, returning to the club, and 18-year-old Spratt a run out.

Satterthwaite was cautioned for a rash challenge on William James which left the full back having to go to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

On 68 minutes Wallsend got a consolation goal when Wyres got beyond the Pont defence only to be brought down by Bowey-Tyler for a penalty. Hindmarch shot unerringly down the middle.

United were not finished though and Zac Bewley got himself on the score sheet when he played a great one-two with Holden before lobbing the ball over the keeper with 20 minutes remaining.

With two minutes to go Spratt got free down the level and unselfishly played the ball across goal for Zac Bewley to score his second with a tap in.

Although Wallsend went down to ten men early in the first half this was a convincing display by Pont and life under new management team could not have started better. The home spectators at least went home happy.