Percy Main put eight past Northbank to move off bottom of league

Percy Main moved off the bottom of the Northern Alliance premier division on Saturday with a comprehensive 8-2 win over Northbank Carlisle.

The success made it back to back wins, against Red House Farm and Northbank which have yielded 11 goals, more than double their tally from the previous eight games.

Main’s previous home game a fortnight ago against Blyth Town had also seen ten goals scored, although the opposition had claimed them all, and in a way the result could yet turn out to be the catalyst for Percy Main’s improved form and recent change of fortune.

Although three of Saturday’s eight goals were scored during the final four minutes, which perhaps gave the scoreline a slightly unbalanced look, it was still a superb result.

Slowly but surely it is hoped that at last Main can start to field a consistent side, with players returning from injury to strengthen competition for places and at least one new signing imminent.

Defender James Mobberley had been ruled out since the opening game of the season and his return helped steady the Villagers back line, while Dean Ellis impressed in midfield as he weighed in with a couple of well taken goals, just edging Joe Betts for the man of the match accolade, who had also scored a brace with one of those surely going down as an early contender for goal of the season.

The last time the sides met, Northbank had put paid to Percy Main’s league cup aspirations, just over a year ago with a 3-1 win at their Sheepmount base, yet their recent form had dipped and the Cumbrian’s were forced to contend with the absence of one or two regulars within the side that had travelled to North Tyneside.

It was the visitors though who shaded the early part of the game, Jordan Cowley sent an overhead kick wide of the post, while Rob Rodgerson in the home goal punched clear a free kick from the same player.

Just prior to that, Ellis had given Main the lead midway through the first half with a speculative long range effort from out wide of the angle which deceived Barrie Stevenson in the Northbank goal.

But the visitors drew level as Ricky James, who had netted one of his side’s counters during last season’s game, was fed by Nicky Routledge before drilling home from just inside the area.

Percy Main regained their lead a minute later as Betts’ free kick into the area found Mobberley whose shot was blocked and Chris Laidlaw was first to the loose ball and fired home.

Betts made it three as half-time approached with a goal out of nowhere as he picked up a loose ball some 30 yards out before lashing home a venomous effort which almost burst the net and gave the goalkeeper had no chance.

Routledge went close for the visitors after the break and Cowley’s free kick was dealt with by Rodgerson, but Main hit their fourth just past the hour mark as Ellis played in Stew Wright who rounded Stevenson and found the target despite the attentions of the back pedalling Sean Willis who failed to clear.

In reply Jonathon Haughan fired a dipping shot inches over the bar for Northbank, but Percy Main registered once more as substitute Dan Sneap used pace and guile to advance down the right and his cut back to the edge of the area reached Ellis who fired home into the top corner.

Ricky James added his and Northbank’s second from Routledge’s right wing centre on 82 minutes, but it was another Main substitute who was next to add his name to the scoring as a shout for handball against a Northbank defender went unheeded and Jorge Bollado took full advantage and fired home.

Graham Allen assisted by Sneap and Betts rounded off the scoring in the dying minutes.

This Saturday, Percy Main are at home once more and face Ashington Colliers at Purvis Park, kick-off 2.30pm.