Cullercoats 6-0 Walkergate Development
Tallen 25, 52, 90
Mason 8, Hall 7, T.Patterson 7, Charlton 8, Morton 8 (Packham 70, 7) Cobley 8, Williamson 7 (Mutch 60, 7) Mcewen 7, Tallen 8, Bromham 9, Shipley 7 (Connelly 45, 7)
Cullercoats maintained their position at the top of the league with a comfortable win over Walkergate.
Despite dominating the early stages Cullercoats couldn’t snatch a lead in the opening stages as great Chances went begging for Jack Shipley who failed to connect properly on a chance from 5 yards before James Bromham hit the side netting when released by a great ball from Lewis Williamson in midfield. Bromham turned provider when the opening goal eventually game on 25 minutes when his superb cross was put on a plate for Andy Tallen to score a rare headed goal. Walker had a great chance to equalise just 5 minutes later but an incredible fingertip save from Scott Mason preserved the home sides lead. Late in the first half Walker began to show signs of tiredness as Cullercoats forced a succession of corners, one of which was converted by Karl Charlton with a thumping effort on his weaker right foot. This seemed to break the backbone of the visitors and just two minutes later bromham got on the scoresheet from yet another corner after Dan Morton directed a header towards goal. James was credited with the final touch to make it 3-0 at the break. At Half time Shipley was replaced by Josh Connelly which saw Lewis switch to left back and Dan move forward from centre back. We were concerned about making several changes to the shape but this didn’t seem to faze the lads and just 7 minutes into the half Tallen added to his impressive goal tally with another typical strike after a great through ball from skipper Martin Cobley. Neither side covered themselves in glory for the next 20 mins as the game seemed set to peter out without further incidents until new boy Mark Packham got on the scoresheet with an excellent take and finish following a cross field ball from Alex Mcewen. There was even time for Tallen to complete his treble in stoppage time as he latched onto a through ball from Connelly to complete the scoring.
A decent performance from the lads today and in truth we were rarely tested as Walker couldn’t trouble our back 5 with Scott again looking a calming influence on his defence we are improving our passing from the back. Going forward we did miss a hatful of chances early on but we kept creating more and knew the goals would follow. We have two massive league games left v North Shields and Cramlington which will both be big tests.