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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Wright makes Saints suffer

DAN Wright scored a goal of individual brilliance to earn Ponteland United a 1-0 win against relegation threatened Willington Quay Saints.

Craig Cook was inches away from scoring Ponteland’s opening goal.

After a slow start by the home side, it took a moment of real quality for Ponteland to break the deadlock in the 25th minute.

The striker received the ball and dribbled past four defenders before getting a glimpse at goal and firing the ball past Willington goalkeeper Stephen Graham.

The moment of brilliance sparked the game into life as both sides struggled to create any clear goal-scoring opportunities in the opening period.

The visitors, who are currently rock bottom and favourites for the drop, used the experience in their ranks and dominated play early on as they looked confident in possession.

However, they failed to create anything that threatened the Pont goal as their centre half pairing of Paul Jones and Ryan Potts remained solid. United’s first real chance of the game came prior to Wright’s wonder goal, a good run down the left by the goalscorer seeing him put in a good cross which strike partner Craig Cook was inches away from connecting with.

After United took the lead, they were rattled when Ryan Ferrie thought he’d netted an equaliser when his shot, which looked destined for the top corner, was brilliantly palmed away for a corner by Bowey-Tyler.

Ponteland needed to show character in the second half and this was provided by Reserves player/coach Kennie Malia who was standing in for captain Stevie Rae.

Malia did not let the team down and was consistent throughout the game, displaying commitment, determination and industry to ensure his side held onto their slender lead.

But Willington continued to push for a leveller and nearly got it in the 55th minute when a quick free kick found the head of the unmarked Glen Johnson whose powerful effort was well wide of the target.

With half an hour left, the visitors did have the ball in the net when a cross from the right was side footed past Bowey-Tyler, only for the assistant referee’s raised flag for offside to rule it out.

Sensing the threat, United brough on energetic teenager Wayne Dunn for Cook and he played his part in ensuring his side maintained their excellent run of form.