Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wall Go Nap but Made to Battle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wall Go Nap but Made to Battle

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Wallsend BC defeated North Shields 5-0 in their opening match of their Under-13 League Division One campaign.

However, while the scoreline gives the impression of a walk in the park for Wallsend it was actually anything but.

Shields' coaches introduced several new boys into the starting 11 and for 25 minutes they held Wallsend with comfort.

That was until ex-Shields boy Dan Taylor ghosted into a dangerous position at the far post and cushioned a beautiful header back across goal, leaving keeper Niall Piper with no chance.

It became 2-0 shortly before the half time whistle as Wallsend began to get their game together.

After half time, Wallsend took command and Shields had the new centre-back pairing of Declan Haswell and Thomas Culverhouse to thank for keeping the scoreline down.

Another new boy Aaron Mirfin, who has grabbed the captain's armband for Shields, showed great industry throughout the match, as did Ryan Graham.

Wallsend's left-back Aaron showed the extra quality Wallsend have by beating several defenders on the left to put inviting crosses in, two of which were taken with aplomb by the visitors' grateful forwards.

On target with the rest of the goals for the Wallsend side were Andrew Robertson (2), Ryan McGorrigan and Ben Lockhart.

In the League Cup, New Fordley started more brightly than Blyth Spartans ( but it was Spartans who made the scoresheet first with a lovely brace by Jamie McGowan.

Blyth were now in full control and a third came just before half-time when Craig Bird lobbed the goalkeeper.

The second period was much the same as the first with Spartans playing great football and their play was rewarded with a further four goals from McGowan, Craig Bird, Ryan Chambers and Dean Simmons.

In the Under-14s league Division Four, West Denton celebrated a great start to the season after a hard-fought game against Anlwick.

West Denton ran out 2-0 winners with strikes from Grant Raynor and Jon Rankin.

Cramlington Cobras met neighbours Cramlington Blue Star in the first round of the Under-14s Divisional Cup.

Although these teams are three divisions apart, it was hard to tell as the Cobras struggled to create an opener against a much-improved Star. …

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