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Percy Main Amateurs
Ashington Colliers
J Forster (8', 21'), B Senior (43'), P Collinson (66' Pen)
Full time
Sat 13 Jan 14:00 - The Northern Football Alliance League - Bay Plastics Premier Division Attendance 55

Percy Main 4 Ashington Colliers 3

Goals and a good win....

Percy Main gained a valuable 3 points, our first home win since October 28th, but were left to sweat out the closing stages after going in at the break with a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead which was pegged back by Ashington during the early stages of the second half of the game. Certainly the proverbial 'game of 2 halves' in which those present had plenty to debate, once the final whistle had been sounded.

There were no shortage of goals and this was the 8th game this season that Percy Main had featured, which had seen 7 goals or more scored and only the second time that The Main had won one of those high scoring encounters, following the side's 4-3 Northumberland Senior Bowl win at Prudhoe Town on October 14th.

The Main have traditionally done well against Ashington Colliers,indeed before the current campaign, Percy Main had won 9, drawn 2 and lost only once, during the past 5 seasons that the teams have met in league and cup and at both Purvis Park and Hirst Welfare, but prior to the game The Colliers were undoubtedly the form side having won 4 and drawn 1 from their 5 league games played.

That statistic almost bore fruit with less than 30 seconds on the clock as Ashington's Aidan Lynn had the ball in the Main net, but his strike was eventually ruled out for offside following a lengthy consultation between the referee and his assistant. Those in 'The Kop' also helpfully gave their opinions....

The rest of the half belonged to Percy Main who perhaps played their best football of the season and stamped their authority on the game in emphatic fashion. It was 1-0 in the home side's favour on 8 minutes as Robert Hamilton, released Jake Forster who finished clinically beyond Coliiers goalkeeper Craig Towart.

The experienced visitors goalkeeper was gainfully employed as he saved efforts from Forster again, Steve Hurd from a half cleared free kick and goalbound headers from James Leggett and Hamilton, but there was no surprise when Percy Main doubled their lead on 21 minutes, with the same combination as Hamilton once again impressive in midfield, released Forster who produced an exquisite finish to double his side's lead.

Minutes later, Towart reacted smartly to clear the danger from the feet of Forster, with a sniff of his hat trick, while at the other end, The Main's defence held firm thanks to a vital challenge on the area by Leggett as Ashington's Paul Dunn looked to cash in. Deservedly so and just before the half time whistle, Percy Main went 3 to the good as a clever overhead flick by Jorge Bollado (who will be keen to read all about the game) released Ben Senior and the recent signing from Blyth Spartans lofted the ball over the head of the advancing Towart to give the home side a seemingly unassailable lead.

But Ashington hadn't read the script and threw themselves a lifeline on 54 minutes as substitute David Brown bore down on goal and found himself upended by Leggett, it was a clear cut penalty which saw The Main captain yellow carded for his troubles and Shaun Gibson netted the resultant spot kick. Things got more nervy for The Main 5 minutes later as Gibson centred and Keelan Nellis stooped low to head home his side's second.

Enter Paul Collinson to the fray for Percy Main as a 59th minute replacement for Senior and it took The Main forward only 7 minutes to make his mark as his run into the area was halted by Nellis, the referee awarded a penalty (was it a penalty? Yes it was, said Bully afterwards in the bar after his 3rd can) despite loud protests from the visitors, (and a bit of handbags) but to no avail and Collinson slotted home the spot kick to settle a few nerves in the home camp.

Incredibly those nerves were jingling once more only a minute later as Gibson's free kick was headed home by Nellis and the narrow deficit was one goal once more.

Surprisingly after 4 goals during the opening 20 minutes of the second half, there were to be no more. Ashington's Aidan Lynn headed just wide and Craig Byrne in The Main goal, handled well during the second half, including an impressive take from Brown who appeared the visitors main threat and a Nellis header which failed to beat the home custodian.

Shankhouse away next Saturday.....

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Key moments

8:00
Goal Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
21:00
Goal Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
43:00
Goal Ben Senior scores for Percy Main Amateurs
66:00
Scored Penalty Paul Collinson scores a penalty for Percy Main Amateurs

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Rob Watson is awarded player of the match for Percy Main Amateurs
81:00 Sub Off
Jack Armstrong is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
81:00 Sub On
Adam Bambrough is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
66:00 Assist
Paul Collinson makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
66:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 0
Paul Collinson scores a penalty for Percy Main Amateurs
65:00 Sub On
James Walker is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
65:00 Sub Off
Jorge Bollardo is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
65:00 Yellow Card
Dale Johnson is yellow carded for Percy Main Amateurs
59:00 Sub On
Paul Collinson is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
59:00 Sub Off
Ben Senior is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
54:00 Yellow Card
James Leggett is yellow carded for Percy Main Amateurs
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ben Senior scores for Percy Main Amateurs
43:00 Assist
Jorge Bollardo makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
21:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
21:00 Assist
Robert Hamilton makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
8:00 Assist
Robert Hamilton makes an assist for Percy Main Amateurs
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jake Forster scores for Percy Main Amateurs
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As it happened

  • Percy Main Amateurs
  • Ashington Colliers
  • 0
  • Jake Forster Goal 8:00'
  • Robert Hamilton Assist 8:00'
  • Jake Forster Goal 21:00'
  • Robert Hamilton Assist 21:00'
  • Ben Senior Goal 43:00'
  • Jorge Bollardo Assist 43:00'
  • James Leggett Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Paul Collinson Sub On 59:00'
  • Ben Senior Sub Off 59:00'
  • Dale Johnson Yellow Card 65:00'
  • James Walker Sub On 65:00'
  • Jorge Bollardo Sub Off 65:00'
  • Paul Collinson Scored Penalty 66:00'
  • Paul Collinson Assist 66:00'
  • Adam Bambrough Sub On 81:00'
  • Jack Armstrong Sub Off 81:00'

Team selection

Byrne, Craig Byrne, Craig
Tubman, Kieran Tubman, Kieran
Johnson, Dale Johnson, Dale
Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Robert
Leggett, James Leggett, James
Watson, Rob Watson, Rob
Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Jack
Forster, Jake Forster, Jake
Bollardo, Jorge Bollardo, Jorge
Senior, Ben Senior, Ben
Hurd, Steve Hurd, Steve

League round up

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1
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Wallington
Killingworth Town
5
2
Northbank Carlisle
Newcastle University
2
0
North Shields Athletic
Shankhouse
1
1
FC United of Newcastle
Whitley Bay 'A'
P
P
Gateshead Rutherford AFC

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Killingworth Town 23 36
9. Whitley Bay 'A' 22 35
10. Percy Main Amateurs 24 29
11. Gateshead Rutherford AFC 20 26
12. AFC Newbiggin 26 26
13. Northbank Carlisle 25 25
14. Gateshead FC 'A' 23 17

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