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Percy Main Amateurs
AFC Newbiggin
J Forster (30'), J Walker (60' Pen)
Full time
Sat 28 Oct 14:30 - The Northern Football Alliance League - Bay Plastics Premier Division

Percy Main 2 AFC Newbiggin 1

3rd league win of the season....

Credit to both sides for their endeavours on a particularly gusty afternoon as the wind did its best to ruin the game as a spectacle, but in the end, it was a most welcome 3 points for Percy Main against a Newbiggin side, who had only lost once in league and cup against The Main since both were promoted into the Northern Alliance's top tier at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The only surprise was that there were not more than 3 counters in the game as the frame of the goal at both ends was tested on no less than 5 occasions during the afternoon, while some errant finishing could also be blamed for the scoreline being kept down.

Newbiggin lined up with 3 former Main players in their ranks, Kevin Long on as a second half substitute, Ryan McKee who had transferred to the visitors during the latter part of last season and Ant Ridley, with over 100 appearances in claret and blue, were keen to impress, but it was 2 of Percy Main's more recent signings, Jake Forster and James Walker who both performed admirably throughout and netted the crucial goals.

Notorious for conceding early this season, Percy Main looked to reverse that trend and had 2 good chances within the opening quarter of an hour. On 9 minutes, Forster played a superb through ball for Jonny Storey to run onto, the centre forward took it in his stride and slipped the ball last the dive of Sean Gordge in the Newbiggin goal, only to agonisingly hit the base of the post and minutes later, James Mobberley's deep, looped ball into the area found Jack Armstrong at the far post, but his diving header fell inches the wrong side of the far post.

Newbiggin's Bailey Morton and Ross Muter troubled the home defence, but home custodian Craig Byrne and defender Mobberley respectively, were both well placed to snuff out the danger, while at the other end Storey, with a hint of offside was thwarted by Chris Bainbridge and Walker saw his shot scrambled from the line. Next to test the woodwork was Newbiggin's Morton, who smacked the ball against the post having been played in by McKee.

The deadlock was broken on the half hour mark as Storey made up ground down the left and centred for Forster, who cleverly engineered space and fired home to give The Main a bit breathing space. Amazingly, the scoreline was to stay the same for the rest of the half, despite Jordan Lashley's shot against the crossbar for Newbiggin, while Kieran Tubman and Walker both blazed over for The Main and Forster turned and fired goalwards only for Gordge to tip the ball against the bar and behind for a corner.

A minute after the restart, Mobberley was the next to take a bit of paint off the crossbar as his header from Storey's corner could've done with being a couple of inches lower. Walker then volleyed narrowly wide for The Main, but soon atoned for his earlier miss after being brought down in the area, he stepped up to slot home the resultant penalty himself.

For the visitors, Bradley Higgins fired over, substitute Jamie Essen tested Byrne in the home goal and Lashley's effort was just wide. Adam Green inadvertently deflected McKee's free kick just last his own post and Luke Malloy headed over as Newbiggin looked to get themselves back in the game, but Percy Main should have made it safe on 88 minutes as Joe Rowan supplied Rob Watson who raced clear into the area, but fired off target.

After The Main's Ronan Attwood brought a save from Gordge, Newbiggin scored what turned out to be no more than a consolation 2 minutes into injury time as Muter fired home.

It's Ponteland away for the Percy boys next Saturday....

Jake Forster

Player of the Match

Jake Forster

Key moments

30:00
Goal Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
60:00
Scored Penalty James Walker scores a penalty for Percy Main Amateurs

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jake Forster is awarded player of the match for Percy Main Amateurs
80:00 Sub On
Rob Watson is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
80:00 Sub On
Ronan Attwood is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
80:00 Sub Off
Jonny Storey is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
80:00 Sub Off
Jack Armstrong is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
78:00 Sub On
Joe Rowan is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
78:00 Sub Off
Jake Forster is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
60:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
James Walker scores a penalty for Percy Main Amateurs
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
30:00 Assist
Jonny Storey makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Percy Main Amateurs
  • AFC Newbiggin
  • 0
  • Jake Forster Goal 30:00'
  • Jonny Storey Assist 30:00'
  • James Walker Scored Penalty 60:00'
  • Joe Rowan Sub On 78:00'
  • Jake Forster Sub Off 78:00'
  • Rob Watson Sub On 80:00'
  • Ronan Attwood Sub On 80:00'
  • Jonny Storey Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jack Armstrong Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

Byrne, Craig Byrne, Craig
Green, Adam Green, Adam
Mobberley, James Mobberley, James
Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Jack
Tubman, Kieran Tubman, Kieran
McCreedy, Marcus McCreedy, Marcus
Forster, Jake Forster, Jake
Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Robert
Storey, Jonny Storey, Jonny
Walker, James Walker, James
Hadfield, Dan Hadfield, Dan

League round up

Other Bay Plastics Premier Division results

Ashington Colliers
3
0
Northbank Carlisle
FC United of Newcastle
1
4
Shankhouse
Killingworth Town
6
1
North Shields Athletic
Newcastle University
2
5
Gateshead FC 'A'
Wallington
2
2
Ponteland United

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. AFC Newbiggin 14 17
11. Whitley Bay 'A' 11 14
12. Percy Main Amateurs 14 13
13. Northbank Carlisle 12 12
14. Gateshead FC 'A' 15 12
15. North Shields Athletic 13 6
16. FC United of Newcastle 13 1

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