ON a glorious afternoon at Purvis Park, a shirt-sleeved, sunbathed crowd were treated to an eight-goal thriller.
Sadly for the home support, visitors Hebburn Reyrolle handed out a comprehensive lesson in clinical finishing against a game Percy Main Amateurs side who never gave up the ghost, did not once contest an official’s decision and barely committed a foul in the whole match.
Sadly such Corinthian principles were of small consolation as they fell to their heaviest home defeat in four seasons.
The die was cast as early as the 14th minute, by which time the visitors had raced in to a three-goal lead.
The subsequent 76 minutes were far more even, but the home side had given themselves an insurmountable obstacle to overcome by means of a ragged and incoherent opening.
With barely 30 seconds on the clock, Liam Clark put the south Tyneside outfit ahead when his cross from the left wing eluded a statuesque home defence and apologetically plopped over the line via the inside of the post.
Worse was to follow when a quick-fire double by Craig Armstrong, the first a deft chip from the 18-yard line, the second a skilful waltz past three tackles and nonchalant finish with the outside of the foot, made the contest effectively a dead rubber.
The rest of the first half saw Hebburn content to absorb Percy Main possession, with only two efforts in a minute around the half hour mark by the lively Kevin Westphall suggesting the Villagers could make a proper contest of things.
Even then, keeper Joe Clayton had to alertly spread himself to stop Christopher McDonald making it 4-0.
A lively start to the second half was undone when Tony Browell was helpless to avoid deflecting a shot from Ray Oshin that came back from the post in to make it 4-0.
The Main did not lie down and the excellent Tony Abladey won and converted a penalty for hand ball after 50 minutes.
Unfortunately hopes of a revival were snuffed out when an unmarked McDonald tapped in at the back post to make it 5-1 after 65 minutes, though Abladey again narrowed the deficit when he tapped home a loose ball after keeper Shaun Newbrook had tripped when trying to clear.
The scoring was complete after 70 minutes when Oshin finally got his goal, side-footing home after a lovely move by the visitors.
Hopefully, this result will be a minor setback in manager Gareth Allen’s masterplan for Percy Main progress.
On Saturday Main get the chance to put things right when Stocksfield are the visitors to Purvis Park.
This game is in the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl, which the Main are current holders of, and kick-off is 2.30pm.