Wilkinson ruins the Stocksfield fightback
Published at 07:34, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
ONE of Tynedale’s top teams was left licking its wounds after being floored by three goals from mates in the Hexham Sunday League.
Having clawed their way back from two goals down, Stocksfield’s hard work was undone when defender Sean Wilkinson, who plays for the Griffins on a Sunday morning, curled home a pearler of a free-kick.
The goal added to strikes from Jay Keelan, a new addition to Stocksfield’s Sunday team, and Sam Moore who currently tops the Hexham league’s goalscoring charts for Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
It was the perfect outcome for the Gateshead Rutherford manager, Allendale’s Chris Fairless, with the former Stocksfield player determined to see his new team come out on top.
The visitors will view the defeat as a missed opportunity as they had their opponents on the ropes after remarkably battling back to level.
Rutherford, who had another of Stocksfield’s Sunday League team in goal in the shape of Owen Little, started well and in-form striker Moore gifted them an eighth minute lead.
Stocksfield defender Glenn Caygill misjudged a long ball and the teenage striker ran onto it to slot past debutant Adam Hucklesby.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when Keelan struck against his Sunday club’s counterparts.
Ben Pearson looked to respond immediately but could not get enough on his shot to trouble Little, but the goalkeeper was tested by a cross from young full-back Nathan Marshall which was tipped over the top.
Marshall is the latest addition to the phenomenal youth policy at Stocksfield under the management trio, and he and fellow 16-year-old Kane White repaid their faith shown in them with excellent performances.
The away side were growing in confidence despite an embarrassing free-kick routine involving Phil Murray and Lee Blackburn, and Pearson came close to finding a way back but Little got behind his effort from the edge of the area.
Reece Davies pushed Stocksfield on throughout the 90 minutes and nearly registered on 35 minutes but Little again denied, keeping out the shot which was hurtling for the top corner.
In the meantime, Hucklesby needed to be alert to tip wide an Eddie Keenan shot which took a wicked deflection off Caygill.
Stocksfield kept plugging away and the creative Pearson was denied by covering defender Mark McMeekin on the line after he rounded Little out wide.
But the striker found the back of the net within a minute, showing great feet to turn one way then the other to make space to rifle home his side’s opener.
It remained 2-1 to the hosts at the break although Moore was inches away from opening up Gateshead’s cushion, played through by former Prudhoe Town man Peter Bryson to beat Hucklesby on the stretch but send his effort narrowly wide.
Stocksfield, though, sensed blood and Pearson in particular looked to hurt the home side.
He headed over a corner a minute after the restart and was again denied by Little on 50 minutes after he skinned McMeekin on 18 yards.
They were nearly punished for failing to make the most of their chances as Danny Hill hit the side netting and Moore cleverly lifted the ball over Hucklesby, but also cleared the crossbar.
Stocksfield’s drive to get forward saw them appealing for a penalty just before the hour when Bryson collided with Murray.
Their protestations were cut short when the loose ball fell to Pearson who found Little’s near post through a crowded penalty area.
The game was there for the taking for Stocksfield but, instead, they sat back and looked content with a point after looking out of the game after 20 minutes.
The decision proved a costly one when Rutherford were awarded a set piece when Caygill was penalised for handball while challenging for a header with Fairless, who had introduced himself to proceedings a minute prior.
Wilkinson sent home a fierce left foot drive to ensure he had bragging rights over his Sunday League mates, and take his side to eight points from five games - one point more than the club gained in the whole of last season!
Stocksfield were again frustrated when they went down at home to Killingworth Station despite Caygill giving them a 1-0 lead at the interval.
Murray had earlier missed a penalty, and the evening was to turn even more sour as they conceded three second half goals.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.