Cullercoats lose out in five-goal thriller

Cullercoats FC travelled to Blyth Isabella on Saturday in the Northern Alliance first division looking to get back to winning ways.

The game, which was played in excellent spirit throughout, was a tight affair with both teams creating first half chances.

Blyth made the early breakthrough before a quick response from Cullercoats winger Chris Connor, who levelled on 16 minutes with a well taken far post finish. Cullercoats continued to press and took a 2-1 lead on the half hour with an excellent five-pass team-goal which was finished off by holding midfielder Ritchie May.

However, Blyth levelled with the final attack of the half when a high ball into the box looped over Cullercoats keeper David Cooper, who could only parry the ball into the top of the net to make the score 2-2 at the break.

The second half was well contested with both teams going close before Blyth made the crucial breakthrough on the hour to take the lead.

Cullercoats pressed for an equaliser and went close on several occasions, but the home side held on for a 3-2 win.

The result was cruel on Cullercoats who performed well throughout and deserved something from an entertaining game.

Cullercoats central defender Johnny Ball was awarded man of the match after putting in a strong display in the heart of the defence alongside captain Luke Ferguson.

Cullercoats entertain Newcastle University on Saturday at Links Avenue with a 2.30pm kick-off.