Killingworth Town 1 Percy Main 0
Maybe on another day a draw, but all things considered, not a bad showing....
It was another threadbare and patched up, Percy Main side that faced Killingworth on Wednesday evening with West Allotment fellas Elliott Mitchell and Nicky Whitelaw coming in for their first Main appearances of what has been a very long season, Ryan Smith made his second and was having a good game, before leaving the field due to injury at half time and the ever dependable and versatile (but injured) Robert Hamilton, took versatility to a new level as he played the whole game in goal, sporting his work gloves and fortified by a refreshing snout just before kick off.
And he didn't do too badly either, letting in just a single goal for a Percy side that has only kept a clean sheet twice this season, both times against FC United, while at the other end, Percy Main did have chances, notably Whitelaw's tame penalty on the stroke of half time which was saved by Killingworth goalkeeper Michael Hammond, while Joe Rowan came pretty close to adding to his tally during the second half in particular.
Dan Hadfield and Kieran Tubman continued where they'd left off in finishing the season with some impressive performances, while James Walker in the centre of midfield could also take credit for his showing on what was Percy Main's penultimate game of the season.
It hadn't been a bad day, weather wise, but typically, cue drizzle and cold come kick off, however the pleasant smells drifting across the pitch from Greggs or somewhere on the Balliol did make things a bit more bearable. At least the post match curry and chips in The Station, while watching Newcastle's endeavours against Tottenham were canny. The prospect must've inspired the Percy lads early on as Whitelaw played in Rowan who brought a save from the keeper and Jake Forster's shot wasn't far away soon after.
For the homesters, with the prospect of a much looked forward to beano in the sunshine the following day, Marc Dixon saw his 20 yard effort from Scott Bambrough's corner blocked and Lee Waugh fired narrowly off target, while both custodians earned their corn as Hamilton saved from Dixon's low effort and Hammond thwarted Forster.
Connor Hoyle found the side netting for Killingworth, before The Main were awarded a penalty as Rowan's corner sparked a scramble in the area and a handball offence was detected by the whistler. Whitelaw turned back to goal, spun round, couple of paces and shot only for Hammond to parry the ball into the path of Ben Senior who skied it over the bar.
The only goal of the game came just before the hour mark as a deep free kick was headed across goal to Michael Butcher who finished well. Minutes later though, The Main could've been level as Dan Hadfield supplied Whitelaw and his cross to the far post was met by Rowan and his looping shot just cleared the crossbar.
For Killingworth, Butcher fired across the face of goal and at the other end Rob Watson on for Senior flashed a couple of efforts wide.
No game on Saturday, we have to wait until the following week (May 19th) for our final game of the season as North Shields Athletic make up the opposition at Purvis Park....