Newton Aycliffe Youth Women 4 v Consett Ladies 2
Consett started the brighter, but it was Aycliffe that could have opened the scoring, Katie picked up the ball on the right hand side, a determined drive into the box and she’s one on one with the keeper, a great save prevented the opening goal. Consett, with the wind behind them, were seeing a lot of the ball, two chances came their way and they scored both, 0-2. Just before half time Aycliffe got one back, Alex charged the ball down mid way into the opposition half, then rode two challenges before placing the ball past the keeper. Half time 1-2.
Second half kicked off and Aycliffe were much more of an attacking threat. Seven minutes later and the front two combine, Kate with a perfectly weighted ball for Alex who calmly finished on her second attempt after an initial save by the keeper, 2-2. Aycliffe now had more emphasis to go on and win, a foul on the edge of the box resulted in a free kick to Aycliffe. Annabelle stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner 3-2. Team shuffled subs used to shore up the defence and this worked a treat, snuffing out the wide threat from Consett. Time for one more goal to seal the game, Annabelle stepped up to take a corner, and curled it directly into the net, 4-2. Aycliffe then defended and saw the game out, final score 4-2.
At the end of the game both the Opposition Coach and the Referee stated she was the difference today, so player of the match went to Kate Williams.
Newton Aycliffe Youth Seniors 4 v Shildon Railway 1
Local Derby for the seniors, knowing it would be tough in the conditions with the wind and the pitch. The game started with a midfield battle which, to be fair to Shildon, they started on top
Then, from a corner, the ball fell to Niall Douglas, turned his man, hitting the post but it fell to Jude Bowes who half volleyed home the opening goal. Aycliffe created a couple of chances, which they didn’t take, before Shildon got their equaliser, when a corner found its way to the back post and was headed home. Second half was much better from the lads, but Sam Pinnegar was still called into action to produce not one but two great saves. Then a ball by Callum Thomson found Jack Mortimer to fire Aycliffe in front, a repeat ball found Steven Dawson to increase our lead, from here on in it was more a case of how many we could add. Finally Steven went on a mazy run, squaring for Corbyn Mitchell to grab his first for the club with a neat finish into the bottom corner. A good result in the end, special mention to Niall as his sheer work rate was top drawer but, just pipping him to MOM, was Andrew Burrows, who controlled the midfield.