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Percy Main Amateurs
Newcastle University
Wed 18 Apr 18:15 - The Northern Football Alliance League - Bay Plastics Premier Division Full time

Percy Main 0 Newcastle University 5

The Main go down at home to the league leaders....

Not the game to be going into short handed and with a raft of players missing, mainly due to work commitments, traffic problems and the 6:15 kick off, as promotion seeking Newcastle University, superbly marshalled by that noted midfield maestro Keith Douglas, but this time from the touchline and regarded by many as the best team in the Northern Alliance by some distance, ran up a convincing win over Percy Main at Purvis Park.

The Main could maybe have just cause to argue that the visitors second goal was offside, or Olly Walden's 54th minute penalty which put the Uni 3 to the good, could be described as a bit harsh, but overall there could be no complaints from the home side on the balance of play throughout.

That said, it wasn't all one way traffic and The Main did pose a threat at times, as Joe Rowan in particular who looks more and more an astute signing as the season progresses, troubled the Uni defence and ensured that goalkeeper Alex Curran had to work for his post match sausage and chips. He might've even had some chilli, which would explain why there was barely none left for me......

There looked to be a full compliment for the visitors pre match as they assembled in good time on the pitch, smartly knitted out in blue, while in the home camp frantic phone calls were made to see who could make it on time and indeed, who could make it at all. Club captain James Leggett slotted in an unorthodox right back slot, Rob Watson endeavoured in a forward role, while Dan Henderson and Kayne McGillan both made their Main debuts, McGillan on as a second half replacement for Ronan Attwood.

Robert Hamilton turned up post kick off attired from head to toe in hi viz and had to wait until the second half for his first taste of action, while team manager and pie enthusiast, Stephen Hurd, named himself on the bench, but thankfully we were spared his efforts in claret and blue! Though he's dying to get on I'm sure......

Newcastle Uni went close during the opening exchanges as Mathew Kon Adu Yiadom spurned a good chance a minute in and Joshua Ferguson fired over, but the deadlock was broken on the quarter hour mark as Yiadom who proved a handful throughout, atoned for his earlier miss.

In between Leggett with a centre from the right forced Curran to punch clear, but the visitors doubled their lead with a break as Walden ran clear and squared for Niza Chilufa who slotted home in acres of space. Was he offside? No said the officials and the action swung to the other end as Curran pulled off a superb reflex save to deny Rowan's header, which had 'goal' written all over it.

Towards the end of the first half, Chilufa fired narrowly wide for the visitors and after the restart Jake Forster and Rowan both had decent attempts at the Uni goal, but the visitors extended their lead with Walden's well taken penalty awarded for a handball offence, although Craig Byrne in the Main goal who has saved a couple of spot kicks this season, wasn't far away from it.

For The Main, Forster fed Rob Watson and his dipping effort just cleared the far post and after Byrne had made a great save to deny Walden, the Uni made it 4 with an emphatic finish by Tom Woodier. The scoring was wrapped up 10 minutes from time, with a break that reached the visitors top scorer Walden, who duly made it 5.

No game for Percy Main on Saturday, next up, we travel to Whitley Bay next Wednesday.....

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Joe Rowan

Player of the Match

Joe Rowan

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Rowan is awarded player of the match for Percy Main Amateurs
77:00 Sub On
Kayne McGillan is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
60:00 Sub On
Adam Bambrough is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
60:00 Sub Off
Ronan Attwood is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
45:00 Sub On
Robert Hamilton is substituted on for Percy Main Amateurs
45:00 Sub Off
Dan Henderson is substituted off for Percy Main Amateurs
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Percy Main Amateurs
  • Newcastle University
  • 0
  • Robert Hamilton Sub On 45:00'
  • Dan Henderson Sub Off 45:00'
  • Adam Bambrough Sub On 60:00'
  • Ronan Attwood Sub Off 60:00'
  • Kayne McGillan Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

Byrne, Craig Byrne, Craig
Leggett, James Leggett, James
Tubman, Kieran Tubman, Kieran
Forster, Jake Forster, Jake
Johnson, Dale Johnson, Dale
McCreedy, Marcus McCreedy, Marcus
Henderson, Dan Henderson, Dan
Attwood, Ronan Attwood, Ronan
Watson, Rob Watson, Rob
Rowan, Joe Rowan, Joe
Hadfield, Dan Hadfield, Dan

League round up

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2
Seaton Delaval AFC
Killingworth Town
0
2
Wallington
Northbank Carlisle
7
0
FC United of Newcastle
North Shields Athletic
1
5
Gateshead Rutherford AFC
Whitley Bay 'A'
4
5
Ashington Colliers
Ponteland United
3
0
AFC Newbiggin

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# 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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