PONTELAND UNITED 5 NORTH SHIELDS CC 0
As expected United advanced into the last 16 of the Ideal Stelrad NFA Minor Cup with a straight forward victory over lower league opposition North Shields Community Christians.
Manager McIvor gave a debut to new signing Kevin Laws and welcomed back Zac Bewley and Paul Jones who both missed last weeks defeat at the hands of Gosforth Bohemians.
Pont took the game to the visitors in the opening period with Ford, Jones and McIvor having little to trouble them at the back. Bewley saw his thunderous shot rebound off the bar on 15 minutes and three minutes later Havelock-Brown tried his luck from distance but his effort didn’t trouble the keeper. In between perhaps wrong decision making was proving costly.
However, on 20 minutes Bewley used his pace and trickery to get down the left before cutting inside and round the keeper before shooting home for a fine individual goal.
At the other end in one of the rare moments Bowey-Tyler, returning in goal, made a good save at the near post to deny Daniel Bland after Pont had got stretched.
Hibbitt and Havelock-Brown were always in control in midfield playing things simply and Zac Bewley looked dangerous going forward at times holding onto the ball too long whereas others going past players at random. From one of his runs on the half hour mark he fed Davidson, having a quiet afternoon on the right, and his mistimed shot fell kindly to Ford who swivelled but somehow shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Two minutes later Ford up for corners and free kicks headed Bewley’s corner wide of the goal and then with the goal at his mercy shot wide.
It had been pretty much one way traffic in the first half but United had only one goal to show for their efforts as the referee blew the half time whistle.
At the start of the second half it was Cook who took the leading role. Firstly he burst down the right before pulling the ball across the goal area but it was just too strong for Havelock-Brown to reach and another chance went begging. Cook remained in the thick of things and on 48 minutes was through one on one with the keeper Richardson but the custodian denied him once again. The centre forward didn’t hide and kept getting in goal scoring positions. On 50 minutes he played a one two with Havelock-Brown and this time he saw the net bulge to double Pont’s lead.
Five minutes later he was in the action again driving down the right channel before passing across the goal area for Satterthwaite to fire into the roof of an unguarded net. This was better from Pont and now the score line looked more realistic. Pressure from Pont was relentless at this stage and with half an hour to go Satterthwaite got his second picking up a loose ball after Bewley and Cook had both seen shots blocked.
L’Argent replaced Havelock-Brown and immediately had an impact bursting down the left and hitting a brilliant cross on the run for Cook to control and hit a volley into the top corner giving Richardson no chance.
Pont now go through into the last 16 of this competition where they are joined by the Reserves who had a tremendous 4-2 victory over Northern Alliance Division Two side Cramlington United. They will both be watching next week’s cup draw with interest.