ON Saturday, Northern Alliance premier division side Percy Main Amateurs hope to play what will be only their second game since December 2, as Seaton Delaval travel to Purvis Park for a Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl quarter-final tie, which is due to kick-off at 1.30pm.
Percy Main are past winners of the trophy on three occasions, the first coming back in 1978 when West Allotment were beaten 1-0 at Appleby Park, while more recently the Villagers lifted the cup at the end of the 2003-04 season with a 2-0 win over Cramlington Town and the latest being the 3-2 victory over this Saturday’s opponents two seasons ago.
The team have been working hard at training during the inclement weather and the Main’s only game of 2013 to date, which was back on January 5, saw Shaun Galbraith’s new look side win an exciting game 4-3 at Stocksfield, having gone in at the break 3-0 up.
Percy Main’s four new signings on show in the game made the difference between and scored all of the goals, in particular Scott Pocklington, a match day registration who hit an early first half brace and was accredited with a man of the match display.
The Villagers other counters were Mark Richardson who was transferred from Shankhouse in December and Michael Crame a recent signing from Walker Central.
He was on as a second half substitute gave the Villagers their first three point haul since November 10.
As the Main have completed exactly half of their league programme, Galbraith is expecting to add to the squad during the coming days and weeks, giving a healthy competition for places within the team. The remainder of February’s fixtures will see Percy Main play home games against Ashington Colliers (9th) and Carlisle City (16th) while a trip to Amberley Park beckons on the 23rd, with Killingworth providing the opposition.