Victory at the double for resurgent Ponteland

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Forest Hall 0 Ponteland United 2 Northern Alliance, Division One

THE opening 20 minutes in this Monday evening match were quite scrappy in the windy conditions, with no team creating any meaningful chances.

Pont were playing against the wind in the first half and Scott made a fine block from a Maughan shot for Forest Hall. Llomana then sped down the wing and pulled the ball back into the path of Smith, who forced United keeper Taylor to parry the ball away for a corner.

The game sprung into life at the start of the second half, as within a minute Ponteland were in front through a good finish from Anderson.

Four minutes later, United doubled their lead when centre-back Scott managed to force the ball home from a corner. L’Argent then hit a pile driver from distance which keeper Croney tipped over the bar and Rae’s left-foot strike hit the crossbar.

With half-an-hour to go L’Argent made another powerful run down the left before pulling the ball back invitingly for Hodgson, but he miscued and shot wide.

Pont had a couple more chances to make it 3-0, but were mainly content to make sure Forest Hall did not pull a goal back. Taylor only had one comfortable save to make in the last 20 minutes.

On Saturday, United recorded a 6-2 victory at Willington Quay.

On 10 minutes, a long clearance from away keeper Blair found Rae down the left and his cross found Wright sliding in at the far post to put the visitors in front and perhaps against the run of play.

Ponteland’s second goal came when Kent’s speed took him beyond the Quay’s defence. Henderson in goal blocked the shot but the rebound fell kindly to Holden up in support to rifle into the top of the net.

On the half-hour mark United were stung when the dangerous Henderson chested a ball down and from 25 yards sent a missile into the roof of the net.

But the two-goal cushion was restored when Wright leapt like a salmon to head Rae’s cross into the goal.

Willington were encouraged when Ferrier pulled a goal back on 72 minutes, but Pont made it 4-2 when Scott headed Davidson’s looping corner over the defence and the keeper into the top corner.

With ten minutes to go Cook ran onto a cross to make it five and, at the death, defender Jones had a rush of blood, advanced into the penalty area and saw his left-foot shot parried out into the path of Holden, who made no mistake to wrap up the win.