Buffs take step closer to title

Action from Morpeth Shambles v Stobswood. Picture by Neil Brinsdon.
Action from Morpeth Shambles v Stobswood. Picture by Neil Brinsdon.

Amble Tavern went goal crazy in their Morpeth Sunday League fixture at the weekend as they beat Bedlington FC 14-0.

Josh Hay (seven) Matty Graham (three), Liam Brooks (two), Calvin Flannigan and Brad Wake were the scorers.

Ashington RAOB edged closer to the title with a 3-1 win over Bedlington Social Club. After a goalless first half with chances missed at either end, Ashington took the lead early in the second half.

Centre back George Hayton had stayed up from a corner and he met a fine cross from Mick Angus on the right hand side, volleying the ball into the corner of the goal from just outside the penalty spot.

After pressure from both sides, the lead was doubled when Shaun Gibson broke free from the Bedlington defence before dribbling into the box and chipping the goalkeeper.

Following three successive corners, Bedlington Social Club got back into the game as a cross was fired back into the box and Jamie Chapman rose to fire a bullet header into the roof of the net from six yards out.

Craig Robinson came off the bench for ‘The Buffs’ and made his presence felt in the midfield with some incisive play.

And it was Robinson who scored the third goal – beating two players before cutting inside to finish with a sweetly struck effort into the bottom right hand corner.

Bedlington Market Tavern were comfortable winners at Amble Blue Bell.

The visitors went ahead mid-way through the first half courtesy of a fine solo goal from John Paxton. He beat two defenders before firing in a strike low into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

The lead was doubled in the second half after they were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal. Calum Donohoe smashed an unstoppable effort into the top right hand corner.

Paxton beat a defender inside the box before finishing well from a tight angle to make it 3-0 to ‘The Monkey’.

Amble Blue Bell scored a consolation goal late on after Gary Reed headed home at the back post.

Finally this week, there was a hard-fought 3-2 win for Stobswood over Morpeth Shambles.