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Percy Main Amateurs
FC United of Newcastle
S Thompson (33'), R Attwood  (84')
Full time
Sat 30 Sep 14:30 - The Northern Football Alliance League - Bay Plastics Premier Division

Percy Main 2 FC United of Newcastle 0

First home win of the season.....

Not the prettiest of games nor one which will be remembered for any length of time, but ultimately it was a vital win for Percy Main, which had arrested a worrying run of 1 draw and 5 defeats from their last 6 games, stretching back to the side's last win, a 4-1 success over Gateshead 'A' on August 23rd. Another plus point was the side's first clean sheet of the season at the 11th time of asking in both league and cup.

The final scoreline didn't do justice to The Main's territorial dominance throughout, but the home side were guilty of wasteful use of the final ball throughout and squandered a series of chances with poor finishing which left the United goalkeeper mostly untroubled. Added to that, the visitors were hampered by the 25th minute dismissal of goalkeeper Ben Batchelor and played the rest of the game a man short as Michael Watson donned the gloves.

Watson did nothing wrong and coped well with those efforts which did come his way and it wasn't until Ronan Attwood scored his first goal for Percy Main and his side's second, with 6 minutes remaining, that those of the home persuasion, mindful of how slender a 1 goal lead is, could rest a little easier.

FC United of Newcastle, formerly known as Grainger Park went into the contest on the back of an 8 game losing streak and sit second from bottom of the table, so with The Main only 1 place better off than their visitors, it was imperative that a home win was recorded.

The Villagers have made a habit of conceding early this season and that trend almost continued on 5 minutes as United's Owen Whitmore crossed deep from the left flank and Ricky Conroy at the far post, found the side netting. Michael Hedley was prominent in the Main front line as he firstly tested Batchelor and then steered a decent chance wide, following a storming run from Adam Green which left defenders training in his wake.

For Percy Main, Jake Forster's clever back heel put Sam Thompson through who rounded Batchelor on the edge of the area and the goalkeeper caught the home forward as he bore down on goal, bringing him down. The referee brandished the red card and the resultant free kick was fired well over by Attwood.

Watson who replaced Batchelor in between the sticks, cleared from the feet of Forster, but the deadlock was broken on 33 minutes as Attwood's left wing corner was headed back across goal by James Leggett and Thompson made no mistake from close range.
Hedley, Leggett and Robert Hamilton had attempts off target and Thompson screwed his shot wide from Dan Hadfield's pass as the interval approached.

The second half continued in the same vein, Attwood's shot cleared the crossbar, Hedley had a shot blocked, Hadfield fired across the face of goal, while Watson proved no mean replacement for Batchelor as he thwarted Hamilton, Forster and Green. As the minutes ticked down, Jack Pearson on for Hedley played the ball into the danger area, but no one was able to get on the end of it, while Forster had an effort tipped behind by Watson.

The second goal duly arrived on 84 minutes as Forster played a superb through ball for Attwood who finished in style.

Whitley Bay 'A' at home next Saturday....

James Mobberley

Player of the Match

James Mobberley

Key moments

Goal Sam Thompson scores for Percy Main Amateurs
Goal Ronan Attwood scores for Percy Main Amateurs


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90:00 Player of the Match
James Mobberley is awarded player of the match for Percy Main Amateurs
86:00 Sub Off
Dan Hadfield is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
86:00 Sub On
Kieran Tubman is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
84:00 Assist
Jake Forster makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
84:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ronan Attwood scores for Percy Main Amateurs
75:00 Yellow Card
Jack Armstrong is yellow carded for Percy Main Amateurs
70:00 Sub On
Jack Armstrong is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
70:00 Sub Off
Robert Hamilton is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
62:00 Sub On
Jack Pearson is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
62:00 Sub Off
Michael Hedley is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sam Thompson scores for Percy Main Amateurs
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Percy Main Amateurs
  • FC United of Newcastle
  • 0
  • Sam Thompson Goal 33:00'
  • Jack Pearson Sub On 62:00'
  • Michael Hedley Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jack Armstrong Sub On 70:00'
  • Robert Hamilton Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jack Armstrong Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Ronan Attwood Goal 84:00'
  • Jake Forster Assist 84:00'
  • Kieran Tubman Sub On 86:00'
  • Dan Hadfield Sub Off 86:00'

Team selection

Rodgerson, Rob Rodgerson, Rob
Green, Adam Green, Adam
Leggett, James Leggett, James
Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Robert
Mobberley, James Mobberley, James
McCreedy, Marcus McCreedy, Marcus
Attwood , Ronan Attwood , Ronan
Hadfield, Dan Hadfield, Dan
Hedley, Michael Hedley, Michael
Thompson, Sam Thompson, Sam
Forster, Jake Forster, Jake

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Shankhouse 30 44
10. Gateshead Rutherford AFC 30 38
11. Percy Main Amateurs 30 38
12. AFC Newbiggin 30 29
13. Gateshead FC 'A' 30 27
14. Northbank Carlisle 30 22
15. North Shields Athletic 30 19

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