West Allotment Celtic A were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Northumberland FA Minor Cup on Saturday, falling to a 4-1 defeat to fellow Northern Alliance side Ponteland United.
Ponteland United, who play in the division above Allotment, started the more brightly of the two sides and opened the scoring after just 14 minutes through their leading scorer Craig Cook.
Before Allotment could respond to the opening goal, the division one side had doubled their advantage with Craig Cook poking the ball past Jack Thompson in Allotment’s net at the third time of asking.
Allotment were at risk of limping out of the cup, but hit back half way through the first half when Sean Allen popped up at the back post to steer a superb Ben Jackson cross home. The goal settled Allotment into the game and it was the home side that ended the first half on top.
Ponteland upped their game in the early exchanges of the second half and restored their two goal advantage through Andrew Davidson after 51 minutes.
The result was put beyond doubt on the hour mark when Ponteland’s Liam Anderson added their fourth and the young development side, formed in partnership with Whitley Bay Boys Club, were left wondering why they weren’t able to impose themselves on the game.
Manager Reece Chapman was equally disappointed with both the result and the performance.
“Today we were outplayed by a team that were not better than us but were simply more organised,” he said.
“As a team we failed to give a good account of ourselves and just didn’t execute our game plan. We have to pick ourselves up, train hard and go again next week.”
Allotment return to Northern Alliance league action next weekend travelling to Seaton Burn on Saturday.
Allotment: Thompson, Harding, Robinson, Kambeya, Boyle, Corney, Jackson, Slater, Allen, Surley, Domingos. Subs: Mpongo, Massamba, Muteba, Harwood, Nicholson.