Keeper gains point for Pont
Ponteland United v Hebburn Reyrolle
Saturday 3 Sept 2011
Hebburn Reyrolle obtained promotion from Division One last season in style and had high expectations of challenging for the Premier Division title this season. However their start to the season, like the current champions, has been disappointing but with an experienced side and quality strikers in Channon North and Ray Oshin they will be looking to climb the table starting. Pont were looking to ensure it didn't start today.
Read on for match report
Ponteland United welcomed Hebburn Reyrolle to the Leisure Centre with heavy rain forecast. The match kicked off in warm but dull conditions and it was just a matter of time before the heavens would open. With both Pont managers away John Elliott took charge of Pont's team for this afternoon's encounter.
Both teams from the off started playing some good football. With playmaker Alan Pegram in the middle of the field and target men Ray Oshin and Channon North up front Hebburn would always be dangerous and Pont needed to be alert at the back. It was Ponteland who had an early opportunity when a cross from Marc Dummett, making his debut for the season, found Tulip but he couldn't direct his header on target.
United forced several corners early on but Hebburn looked solid and defended well. However after quarter of an hour Hebburn got the breakthrough. A ball was played out wide to Oshin looking well offside but play was allowed to go on and the cross when it came in was inch perfect for North to head into the roof of the net.
Having served notice of the danger, the visitors nearly scored again in identical fashion but this time North headed over. The game was quite open with little between the two teams. A great ball from Gate found Turner free down the left but his shot was brilliantly saved by Hebburn's custodian Shaun Newbrook.
Redhead picked up the rebound and teed the ball up for Tulip who shot wide of the upright. Hebburn were always looking for the front two and after neat play by Gary Newbrook Channon North was put through on goal but Pont's young keeper Carter dived bravely to clear the danger. Carter did even better mid way through the first half when he dived to his left to palm away a Pegram penalty which kept Ponteland in the game.
The threat of rain eventually arrived and the second half was played in torrential rain with the conditions becoming increasingly difficult on the wet and greasy surface. The conditions however contributed to an exciting second period with both sides looking to win the game. Ponteland were pressing for an equaliser and it duly came after 55 minutes.
Hodgson took advantage of some space in midfield and advanced towards the eighteen yard line before unleashing a low drive which keeper Newbrook couldn't hold. The ever-alert Tulip followed up to shoot the rebound left footed into the net. This gave Pont renewed hope and they took the game to the visitors as they pressed for a second.
In one short period shots rained in at the Hebburn goal but they defended soundly and always looked dangerous themselves on the counter attack. The game could have gone either way at the end and in truth Hebburn had the better of the chances to secure the points but some woeful finishing and the excellent form by Pont's keeper Carter meant the points were shared.
Ponteland United 1 Hebburn Reyrolle 1.
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