Main complete double over Shankhouse

FOLLOWING the previous week’s 2-1 win away to Shankhouse, Percy Main Amateurs completed a quickfire double at Purvis Park on Saturday.

Unlike the victory at Northburn in Cramlington, where the Villagers were required to dig deep and grind out the win, the second instalment of the double header saw the Main cruise home by a considerable distance.

Last week’s injury victim Lindsay Collinson was thankfully restored to full fitness, enabling him to take his place in a back four that saw outstanding performances from both centre backs James Leggett and Jevan Jull, with Tom McGuinness producing an assured game in place of the injured Ryan Laws.

Such was the composure of the defensive unit, Main custodian Rob Rodgerson was only required to make one significant save in the entire contest, when he instinctively produced a brilliant block to thwart Alex Matthewson’s full blooded effort from the edge of the six yard box in the 41st minute, but by that stage Percy Main were already a goal to the good.

The game began with Percy Main facing in to a stiff breeze, but determined to carry on from last week by carrying the game to their visitors.

A couple of crosses in the first few moments produced discomfiting scares for Shankhouse’s former Percy Main keeper Rob Joyce, though Shankhouse had the first chance of the game when Craig Hopwood headed wide in the seventh minute.

Percy Main were endeavouring to use the flanks to full effect, giving imposing target man Tony Burnell decent service in the air.

However, when they took the lead it was from distance; wholehearted, tireless midfield harrier Davey Surrey broke the deadlock with a sublime strike of precision and power from fully 30 yards that flew past Joyce via an upright.

Ten minutes later Aaron Kah should have doubled the advantage when through on goal, but his weak effort was easily pouched by Joyce.

The end to end game always seemed to have more goals in it and Kevin Westphal nearly obliged, but his rising effort just cleared the bar on 34 minutes with expectant home supporters ready to cheer a goal.

The second period was very one-sided, with the Main pouring forward with the stiff breeze at their backs. Tony Abladey worked a couple of decent openings but couldn’t get a shot on target.

Shankhouse were playing attractive football but did not show a threat in front of goal.

Consequently it was not unexpected when Kevin Westphal doubled the advantage, though the goal had an element of fortune to it. His free kick from the left eluded everyone, including the toe of Tony Abladey, and nestled in the bottom corner.

On 73 minutes the same two players combined, with Abladey’s cross eluding Westphal’s forehead with the goal beckoning.

The third goal came on 78 minutes when Westphal’s free kick was this time nodded in by Abladey, to give the score a more realistic look.

However, Shankhouse were not finished and Dean Deagle grabbed a consolation when free kick eluded everyone to creep home at the far post.

But the Main remained in control and saw the game out for their most accomplished win of the season, making ten points from 12 at Purvis Park in 2012.

On Saturday, Percy Main make the trip to Grounsell Park to take on Heaton Stannington in the premier division, kick-off 2.30pm.