Greens hope to double up

ON Friday, Wallington FC will attempt to seal the club’s second bit of silverware of the season when they face Newcastle Chemfica in the final of the Northumberland Minor Cup.

A flock of Green supporters are set to invade Whitley Park, Benton, in the hope of witnessing Steva Cowan’s men clinch the prestigious County trophy to add to the Clayton Cup that they won back in August.

The Scots Gap outfit will be aiming to make it third time lucky in the Minor Cup after losing twice in the final beforehand, including one where committee member and long serving clubman of over 50 years George Cowan was part of the final team.

It has predominantly been a positive season for The Greens, whose talented and closely-knit squad have racked up 18 wins out their 27 games played, losing only seven along the way. They currently sit in fifth position in Division One of the Northern Alliance with third place still a distinct possibility.

Despite a population of only 125 at Scots Gap, Wallington have boasted an impressive collection of players this season, primarily from Morpeth, that have all contributed in what could be the club’s most successful season in years.

In the Minor Cup, The Greens have been in irrepressible form notching up 17 goals in the five rounds prior to the final.

It all started on bonfire night back in November when a 8-2 home victory against minnows North Sunderland set the ball rolling. Cowan’s men then professionally dealt with last season’s runners-up Blyth Isabella in a 3-1 victory where Josh Gilmartin grabbed a brace.

In Round Four a solitary Jordan Nellis strike was enough to overcome Sporting Morpeth in a spicy local derby before the striker went goal-crazy with a hat-trick in the Quarter Finals that contributed to a 4-1 score which saw off Seaton Burn.

The semi-final was a tight and cagey affair against a young and vibrant Newcastle University side, but Jake Walton’s first-half strike was enough to seal Wallington’s final spot.

The match on Friday kicks off at 7pm.