Hebburn Reyrolle 5 Ponteland United 2 Archers of Blyth George Dobbins League Cup, Round Three
UNITED visited Hebburn Reyrolle for this third-round cup match.
After 25 minutes, Ponteland nearly gifted the home side a goal when a weak back pass put keeper Starkie under pressure.
The custodian appeared to pick up the ball before he was clattered, but the referee allowed play to continue and United were relieved when a shot from the loose ball went wide of the upright.
On the half-hour mark, United took the lead, slightly against the run of play, when Davidson flighted a superb ball into the goalmouth, which Cook met firmly with his head, giving keeper Quinn no chance.
Having got their noses in front, United then pressed the self-destruct button and conceded four goals in 10 minutes before half-time.
Firstly, keeper Starkie had control of the ball by the corner flag, but elected to dribble clear, only to lose the ball allowing Connor Nixon to fire into an unguarded goal.
Three minutes later, centre-back Scott failed to deal with a ball allowing David Smith to chip Starkie to put the home side in front. Scott then left the field for treatment and while he was off, a cross from the left found Connor Nixon unmarked to power a header past the diving Starkie.
Then to cap a disastrous period for the visitors, Jamie Bell’s lofted cross drifted in the wind over everyone and into the far top corner of the net. United went in at half-time shell-shocked.
In the second period, United were more offensive. Ten minutes into the half, a free-kick from Davidson was just missed by Scott with only the keeper to beat. However, if United had any thoughts of getting back into this game, these were dispelled on the hour when a shot from the left fell into the path of Urwin, who slid the ball in at the back-post.
United brought on teenager Dunn for Peacock and the youngster injected some life by pressing Hebburn higher up the field.
From such pressure with 15 minutes remaining Stevie Rae picked up a ball 25 yards from goal and seeing the keeper marginally off his line chipped the ball exquisitely over him and into the net for the best goal of the game.
Cook hit the bar with a volley, but at the other end Hebburn obtained a penalty from Hibbit’s mistimed challenge.
Starkie made some amends for his misjudgement in the first half and dived to his left to keep out the spot-kick.
After showing some improvement in recent games, this was a disappointing performance by Pont who capitulated inexplicably in that 10-minute spell just before half-time.