Allotment A side progress in Minor Cup

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West Allotment Celtic A progressed to the last 16 of the Northumberland FA Minor Cup on Saturday with a 5-2 win over fellow Northern Alliance side Alnwick Town Reserves.

Allotment started the brighter and it did not take them long to grab the game’s first goal when in the ninth minute Dan Surley forced the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble after good work from Jaddai Kambeya.

The home side soon doubled their lead with a superbly worked team goal down the left hand side when Jeancy Mpongo, Ben Jackson and Matt Slater combined before Sam Harwood swept a brilliant shot past Les Fuller in the Alnwick goal from the edge of the area.

Alnwick’s task was made even harder shortly after the break when full back Jack Ramsey’s ill-timed tackle led to his second caution of the match and meant that his side would have to play the remaining 40 minutes with ten men.

Allotment soon took advantage of the extra man when Jackson latched onto a long ball through before calming slotting past the goalkeeper to give Celtic a three-goal lead.

Dominic Schiavetta briefly gave Alnwick a glimmer of hope by pulling a goal back in the 65th minute, but that was soon overhauled when Jackson’s cross struck the arm of defender Adam Jobson and the referee pointed to the spot. Sean Allen stepped up and confidently converted the penalty, restoring Allotment’s three goal lead with 30 minutes to play.

Alnwick were awarded a penalty of their own in the 80th minute, duly scored by Neil McFall, but it was only right that Allotment were to have the last say in a match that they never looked in danger of losing.

Substitute Michael Monnanou rounded off the scoring by tapping the ball home for their fifth after a fine dummy sent the keeper the wrong way.

Newly appointed manager Reece Chapman grabbed two goals last time the two sides met but was equally happy watching from the side as his young development team, formed in partnership with Whitley Bay Boys Club, comfortably progressed to the next round.

Chapman said: “It was important for us to bounce back with a win and the lads duly delivered.

“We showed the character and fight needed to win the game, with our style and quality outweighing what Alnwick could offer. We look to return to league duties next week and look for back to back wins.”

Allotment’s next league fixture sees them host Cramlington United as they look to take their excellent cup form into the league.

Allotment: Thompson, Harding, Mpongo, Harwood, Boyle, Corney, Jackson, Kambeya, Allen, Slater, Surley. Subs: Monaghan, Domingos, Monnanou, Robinson.