Three late goals give Percy Main emphatic cup win

Percy Main raced through to the next stage of the Northern Alliance’s Bay Plastics Combination Cup and an away tie at Wallsend Boys Club seniors.

This followed an emphatic victory over Heddon, a side who The Villagers had already beaten in the league this season.

But they had to wait until the closing minutes of the game before finally making sure of the win.

That earlier 3-0 victory at Heddon’s Newburn base had come during the opening week of the season when the home side were undergoing a spell of team rebuilding.

Since then Heddon have rallied with a string of improved showings, including a draw against second placed AFC Newbiggin, and have pulled clear of the danger zone, so nobody in the home side were taking a win for granted.

For their part, Main are in an extraordinary rich vein of goal scoring form and have now netted 15 times during their last two games, following the previous week’s 8-1 demolition of Newcastle University, with front runner Sam Thompson scoring five from those two wins, taking his tally to ten from ten games this season.

However, on this occasion Thompson found himself outdone by Chris Laidlaw, who has often figured out wide on the flanks and is not normally known for his goal scoring prowess, yet himself went one better and scored four against Heddon.

Ironically it was Heddon who took the lead on 23 minutes as James Walker latched on to an errant kick out from Villagers goalkeeper Rob Rodgerson to open the scoring.

But Laidlaw fired Main level ten minutes later and gave his side the advantage with a great team goal as half-time approached.

Thompson spurned a good chance to extend his side’s lead before Laidlaw then completed his hat-trick in first half stoppage time with a superb individual goal, leaving defenders trailing in his wake.

Following the restart the visitors full back Connor Docherty chipped Rodgerson to give Heddon hope, but Thompson soon restored Percy Main’s two goal cushion having been played in by Redmond Cockburn who orchestrated the home midfield. With the game flowing from end to end, those present were certainly getting their money’s worth as Walker for Heddon scored his second of the afternoon to make the score 4-3 and set Villagers nerves jangling, before Laidlaw agonisingly hit the post on 81 minutes at the other end.

The latter stages of the game belonged to Percy Main as the visitors were faced with wave after wave of claret and blue attack and it was no surprise when Laidlaw scored the home side’s fifth after taking advantage of a slip from the goalkeeper.

And in a breathless finale, Thompson wrapped up the scoring with goals in the 88th and 90th minutes.

Percy Main are at home this Saturday when Wooler visit Purvis Park in a league match, kick-off is 2.30pm.