PONTELAND UNITED 1
In horrible conditions, with sleet, hale and rain lashing down, the referee took to the field and declared the pitch playable.
United made a couple of enforced changes with Spencer away on county duty and L’Argent injured player manager McIvor restored himself to the starting eleven along with Satterthwaite.
Once again Pont started brightly while the pitch was firm and took the game to the visitors playing some good football despite the weather.
With Bowey-Tyler almost a spectator in the Pont goal, all he could do was watch his colleagues miss five or six clear cut chances in the first half.
Cook hit the post twice, Zac Bewley untypically with the goal unguarded, chipped a ball over the stranded keeper but wide of the target, McIvor shot wide when well placed and other opportunities went begging.
Stout defending by Luke Ferguson and Elliott Mitchell with last ditch tackles, particularly on Zach Bewley and Billy Holden, kept their team in the game and at the interval Cullercoats must have been delighted that they had kept a clean sheet.
Into the second half and with the weather unrelenting and the pitch rapidly deteriorating, one wondered whether this would be to Pont’s disadvantage.
They didn’t create quite as many chances as in the first half but still had opportunities to kill the game off.
With 30 minutes remaining the improving Ethan Bewley came on for the unlucky Cook and offered something different with a combination of strong running and trickery.
He scored the all important goal with 15 minutes remaining rounding off some neat build-up and showing composure to beat the keeper with a strong finish.
The one goal was sufficient to give Pont all three points from a match they should have won by a far greater margin, particularly from the dominance they enjoyed in the first half.
Cullercoats battled to the end and in the conditions anything could have happened in the last few minutes to deny Pont a victory they fully deserve