Wallington 4 Percy Main Amateurs 1
The Main go down in The Rain.....
Percy Main were left with nothing to show for their efforts, having led for the bulk of the game courtesy of Joe Rowan's early strike, as they failed to make the most of a few decent chances during the opening 45 minute period and went down to a deadly 4 goal second half burst from Wallington within a 22 minute spell. The Main had undoubtedly edged the opening 45 minutes, while Wallington took full control during the second period and deserved their win, although perhaps the final scoreline may have flattered them somewhat.
On what had been scheduled to be a blank Saturday, Percy Main were indebted to Wallington who provided a 4G pitch at the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, after its initial postponement due to a waterlogged pitch at the host club's Oakford Park ground some 2 weeks prior and the match was able to be sanctioned by the league and hurriedly pencilled it in less that 48 hours prior to it's agreed kick off time.
Due to the unfavourable elements of late, the game was The Main's first taste of action since their 3-1 win at AFC Newbiggin on February 24th, while Wallington had only played once during his time, so both sides were keen to get some match action under their belts and minimise as much as possible a potentially crowded fixture pile up during the final weeks of the season.
It wasn't the best of days weather wise either as the rain teemed down for much of the afternoon, but that didn't deter Percy Main from making the best possible start to the contest. With only 4 minutes on the clock, clever play by Paul Collinson released Jack Armstrong, his shot was parried by Wallington custodian Aaron Carr, but Joe Rowan was quickest to the rebound and he slotted the ball home. In the ascendancy, The Main almost doubled their lead 3 minutes later as a superb cross field ball from Armstrong, almost found the on rushing Jake Forster who stretching every sinew, did well to reach the ball, but his effort was agonisingly inches past the post.
Wallington replied with Jordan Nellis prominent as he firstly sent a shot on the turn just over and then advanced down the left, before sending a fizzing effort, low across the face of goal and harmlessly behind for the visitors, while in between Wallington's Bradley Richardson made a telling challenge to thwart Collinson as the Percy Main forward looked to advance down the right flank.
Forster for The Main who had gone so close earlier, had a shot tipped behind by Carr and from his resultant corner, a scramble ensued and when the ball finally reached Steven Hurd just outside the area, his effort was narrowly wide. Just past the half hour mark, Percy Main went close again as Forster released Adam Green who advanced down the right and centred for Rowan, but his effort flashed just past the post.
Carr in goal for Wallington proved his worth twice in succession as he tipped a dipping shot from Collinson just over and denied Forster once more as he tried his luck from Armstrong's corner. Not to be outdone, Craig Byrne in goal for The Main saved from Nellis, while left back Marcus McCreedy did well to snuff out the danger as Wallington's Kyle Reardon and Michael Angus linked up.
Wallington were straight on the offensive after the restart and stated their intentions as Byrne did well to cut out John Paxton's cross from the left, with Nellis looking to profit and soon after a cross from Angus was just too far in front of the diving Paxton, who had looked to time his header to perfection, but Percy Main, who have kept only 1 clean sheet all season, found that their slender lead wasn't to last.
The equaliser arrived on 63 minutes as Angus and Nellis combined from a short corner, Angus was allowed to make ground along the by-line and centred for Josh Laverick who made no mistake from close range. Their were appeals for offside by the visitors, but the referee and his assistant were unmoved and the goal stood. Wallington, now with the bit between their teeth, took the lead 10 minutes later as Angus, influential for the home side and who claimed an assist for their first, beat Byrne with a deflected effort.
Thomas Truscott on as a second half substitute for Wallington fired across the face of goal, while Percy Main almost drew level themselves as Collinson and Rob Watson combined well down the left and Watson's centre was just on front of Ben Senior, who was unable to capitalise and minutes later, Carr saved from Hurd at the expense of a corner.
With 9 minutes remaining, Wallington effectively wrapped the game up as Mathew Blackwith, another replacement who hadn't been on the pitch that long, was given the freedom of the park to advance and fire low past Byrne for his side's third. Truscott then blazed wide for the home side, before a break from defence, in the dying minutes, saw Nellis unselfishly square to Angus who stroked the ball home for his second of the afternoon and Wallington's fourth.
Seaton Delaval at home next Saturday......