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 Post subject: 7/1/17 Shankhouse
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Killingworth Town 6-2 Shankhouse

Killingworth kicked off 2017 in tremendous fashion as they thrashed Shankhouse to claim all 3 points in this Northern Alliamce Premier league fixture.

The home side made numerous changes to the team that ran out 5-1 winners last time out over in Cumbria and welcomed back Scott Bamborough and Chris Tate from injury. There were also starts for Marc Dixon, Cam Fyvie and Lee Hamilton who earned himself a place in the starting line up after scoring a brace from the bench in our last game of 2016.

On a surprisingly mild afternoon in Westmoor the game began with the first 15 minutes been dominated by the home side with Shankhouse unable to obtain any sort of possession. The deadlock was broken on 19 minutes after good work from Tate saw his shot blocked but the rebound found Howe who found room to shoot also but his shot was once again blocked but the next rebound fell to Hamiltom who was able to slot the ball home to give killy a deserves 1-0 lead.

Killingworth continued to control the game and found themselves 2 goals to the good just ten minutes later when the lively Louis Howe worked hard to keep possession and dropped the ball off to Chris Tate who smashed home an unstoppable drive into the top left corner from 20 yards out to cement the home sides early dominance.

The home side were still hungry for more and were able to further stretch their lead on 32 minutes when a Shankhouse corner was superbly gathered by Regan the home custodian, who then sent a pin point drop kick forward to Louis Howe who somehow managed to beat 2 away defenders for power and pace and work a one on one opportunity with the Shankhouse keeper. Howe got to the ball just ahead of the away keeper who sent Howe crashing to the floor for a blatant penalty. The returning Bamborough have the keeper no chance from the spot to send the home side into the interval 3 goals up.

HT - Killingworth Town 3-0 Shankhouse

The second half started as the first finished with the home side in the driving seat and home spectators only had to wait 60 seconds for another goal. Straight from the restart killy gained possession with the ball dropping to Connor Hoyle who finished superbly from the edge of the area to make it 2 in 2 for the never tiring midfielder.

Just 2 minutes later the away side grabbed themselves a life line against the run of play when the hope side were caught napping with an away forward stabbing home a low cross on the break. Killingworth looked to further cement their lead after this slight set back and forced a corner straight from the kick off. Amazingly the corner was cleared and the away side snatched another goal only 2 minutes after their previous strike with one of the rare occasions they reached the home sides penalty area.

This 5 minute spell woke up the home side who responded in great fashion and dug their heels deep and ensured there was to be no shock comeback. On 62 minutes they were rewarded when Micheal Bowman gathered the ball on the turn and drifted past two challenges and unleashed a fantastic strike from 23 yards which flew into the roof of the net! The game was full of fantastic strikes but this was possibly the pick of the bunch and looked to have killed the game off.

The home side continued to probe and look to create more chances with Hopper introduced from the bench causing the away defence problems. It was that man Hopper who came close on 70 minutes when his header was cleared off the line. Just a few moments later Bamboroufhs dangerous ball into the box was flicked just wide of the far post.

Hopper again went agonizingly close in the 78th minute when his effort crashed off the post and it looked like it just wasn't going to be his day. This changed in the 83rd minute when great thinking from the home side saw a free kick taken short to Tate who's unexpected delivery from 45 yards into the area was first class and Hopper was on hand to tower above the away defender and guide a header past a helpless Shankhouse goalkeeper.

There was still time for some late drama as killy went close to making it 7 with Hoyles effort
Saved by the away keeper. In the drying moments up the other end a seemingly harsh penalty was awarded to Shankhouse for handball. The Shankhouse player stepped up and saw his effort well saved by the home keeper Daniel Regan to round off an impressive showing from the home side and wrap up a well deserved 3 points.

Next week we travel to Newcastle Uni for a semi final tie in the combination cup with a 13:30 kick off.

TEAM: Regan, Dixon, Scott (c), Williams, Fyvie, Bamborough, Hoyle, Tate, Bowmam, Hamilton, Howe

SUBS: L.Waugh (70), McBride (75), Ardley, Henderson, Hopper (62)


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