Cook hat-trick as Ponteland hit six

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CULLERCOATS 1

PONTELAND UNITED 6

Kicking down the slope in the first half, it was no surprise when Ponteland United took the lead after 10 minutes.

Player-manager Liam McIvor played the ball through to Zac Bewley, who went on a long run dribbling past three defenders before despatching the ball into the top corner of the net.

Credit must also be given to Gary Cook, whose unselfish run distracted the defenders.

Three minutes later, United doubled their lead. Ford, at the heart of the Pont defence, headed a goal-kick back down the pitch into the path of Cook, who sped beyond the defence and round the advancing keeper before slipping the ball into the unguarded net.

Cook was causing all sorts of problems with his direct runs and was through on goal on 18 minutes, but this time keeper David Cooper kept him at bay.

However, two minutes later, Cook got his second.

Jack L’Argent played a ball down the line to Zac Bewley, who took it in his stride and waltzed passed a couple of defenders before crossing the ball into the area for Cook to display his predatory instincts and stab the ball into the net.

Cook and Bewley looked dangerous every time Pont advanced, and with their pace and movement off the ball, the Northumbrians were in full control in these early stages.

Pont had forced quite a few corners without taking full advantage from them until the 35th minute. From a corner, the ball was headed out to Steven Satterthwaite, whose only option at the edge of a crowded penalty area, was to lob the ball back on the volley over the players and just under the bar for Pont’s fourth.

United started the second half like they had finished the first, and Ethan Bewley was unlucky to see a shot bounce back off the post.

With 25 minutes to go, Cullercoats pulled one back, but any thoughts of a comeback were quickly dispelled when Bewley headed in a fifth, with Cook going on to complete his hat-trick.