Heddon 3 Ponteland United 1 Northern Alliance, Division One
UNITED visited Newburn for the local midweek derby against undefeated Heddon.
Ponteland looked the most impressive and better side in the first half, with good movement from the midfield who were linking up well with the forwards.
A cross by Rankin after seven minutes found Holden at the near-post but his shot was saved by keeper Harvey with his legs. Shortly afterwards, centre-back Dale Robson stopped Liam Anderson as the wingman looked to burst through on the outside.
The best chance in the opening half-hour fell to Jarvis Smith, who collected a weak clearance by the Heddon keeper but his right-foot shot, albeit taken at an angle, went wide of the unguarded goal.
Urwin, at the heart of the Heddon defence, was defending resolutely and only fleeting glimpses were seen of the home attack. Despite Ponteland having most of the play, the scoreline remained goalless at the interval.
The second half started with Heddon looking a different side and, five minutes in, Perry Veitch should have opened the scoring when he ballooned over from a few yards from goal.
Then Holden had an opportunity for Pont when through for a one-on-one with the keeper but the custodian did his job.
Former Pont player Max Turner got free of the visiting defence and cut in from the right but his shot was tipped over the bar by Blair, as the game was becoming more open.
It was becoming obvious that the first goal would be crucial and on 62 minutes Pont stopped momentarily, appealing strongly that the ball had gone out of play for a goal-kick, but the game continued and the ball was played back to Andrew Hall who fired home.
Three minutes later Armstrong got caught in possession and substitute Richard Darwent took full advantage running towards goal and firing into the net off the inside of the post from just outside of the penalty area. To end a mad 10-minute spell, Flynn was penalised inside the box and Veitch smacked the spot-kick into the roof of the net to make it 3-0.
Stevie Rae scored an excellent consolation goal for United with five minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough to stop Heddon taking all three points from a strong, determined second-half performance.
Pont were left to wonder where it had all gone wrong after performing so well in the first half.