AFC Killingworth 2 Percy Main 0
By Norman de Bruin
No joy last night....
Percy Main drew a blank last night at Killingworth's Amberley Park following 2 goals for the home side which found the net with amazing similarity, as The Main struggled to reply, despite being inspired by 'The Hurdy's' who had motored up from Preston specially for the match and headed straight back down again fortified by the pretty tasty post match pizzas and gratis can of Strongbow.
On a positive note, once again our back 4 played well against a side challenging for the championship and Tubs was elected MOM by last night's 'selector' who took a moment out from reminding the assistant on the near touchline of the details of the build up to Killingworth's first goal.
Early play saw Killingworth's Alex Nisbet head wide from Joe Besford's corner, while Jake Forster and Paul Collinson were both caught offside for Percy Main, but the opening goal came on 8 minutes in controversial circumstances as the home side advanced down the right and the ball appeared to have crossed the touchline and gone out of play. No throw in was given though and from the resultant play, Konner Lamb struck the Main crossbar before Stephenson fired home the rebound.
Perhaps justice was done during the half as The Main escaped loud penalty claims as Ant Ridley tangled with Martin Soulsby, Dale Johnson tackled Besford in the area and the home side also shouted for a handball against Adam Green, which were waved away by the match referee.
As the half ticked down Soulsby had a snapshot held by Rob Rodgerson (playing only has 3rd game of the season, but his 299th game in total for Percy Main) but in stoppage time, Killingworth's Lamb again hit the bar and Stephenson, in similar fashion to his first goal, was quickest to the loose ball to make it 2-0 to the homesters.
Michael Trodd for Killingworth managed to clear the netting behind the goal at the start of the second half and Stephenson went close to his hat trick, but hit the upright and The Main's Johnson cleared the danger from the lurking Lamb.
A good move for Percy Main on the hour saw Green play in Mark McDonnell whose knock down found Forster, but he just wasn't able to get hold of the ball properly in what was probably the visitors best chance. Forster later headed into the hands of Michael Hammond on the home goal and Dan Souter also tested the Killingworth goalkeeper, following a decent cross from the industrious McDonnell.
It wasn't the warmest of evenings to be watching football, but thankfully (unlike Killingworth) that's our last evening game of the season.
No game for us this coming Saturday, just 2 left......