New signings bolster Percy Main squad

ON Saturday Percy Main Amateurs will play host to Cullercoats in the annual Gary Hull Memorial Trophy match in honour of the Main’s former treasurer and committee member who served the club so well in years gone by.

It will be the ninth time the trophy has been contested.

The entertainment will commence at noon when Percy Main AFC Ladies play host to Northumberland Women’s County league rivals Ashington,.

The Percy Main and Cullercoats men’s team clash following on at 3pm.

The Main have been busy during the summer recess and have appointed Gareth Allen to the post of joint team manager along with current incumbent Jason Ritchie, who will start his fourth season at the helm.

Allen was formerly with South Shields United, filling a variety of roles within the club until its sad demise at the end of last season.

And he has brought some of his more talented players north of the river.

These include Tony Albadey, a hard-working forward who can play through the middle or on the flank, Michael Pittuck, an energetic box-to-box midfielder, and Jevon Jull, another who can figure with distinction in either the midfield or defence.

All of last season’s talented squad have remained at the club, and other new signings have included Kevin Grahamslaw, who has spent the last few seasons at Killingworth and ex-Cramlington Town striker Chris Bond.

Early signs have been good as the team have put in encouraging performances against Northern League opposition Morpeth Town and Washington, having drawn both games with all of the large squad being given a chance to impress at some time or other.

The Morpeth game ended 2-2 with last season’s Players’ Player of the Year Michael Bowman giving the Villagers an early lead only for Cameron Patrick to restore parity five minutes before the interval.

Kevin Westphall, on his return from sustaining a broken ankle towards the end of last season, marked his comeback by netting Percy Main’s second, but Steven Anderson perhaps deservedly levelled for Morpeth in the dying minutes.

The Washington game was a lot more open and those present were treated to a ten-goal thriller as the sides hit five each.

Bowman showed his promise by hitting a brace for the Main, with further strikes by Craig Ewart, John Amos and Steven Shadforth, while Allen and Ritchie were concerned by some of their side’s defensive lapses on a day with a few absentees due to holidays and work commitments within the home rearguard.

Admission to the memorial game on Saturday is £2 (£1 concessions) while a souvenir programme will be produced and refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.