Hexham 2-3 Wooler

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Wooler consolidated their position in fourth place in the Northern Alliance first division with this hard fought victory over Hexham.

It was a match that Wooler undoubtedly deserved to win but although they were the better team, at vital times they let the opposition back into the game.

The game started well for Wooler when Michael Saunders scored with a “bullet” header from a Jamie Punton cross.

Shortly afterwards Hexham equalised when the referee awarded a ‘soft’ penalty.

Wooler were then forced to defend strongly as Hexham pressed forward, but Alan McFall and

Saunders were at their best. It was somewhat against the run of play when Wooler took the lead again. Kevin Bell was released by a through ball and broke away to score to make in 2.1 to Wooler at half-time.

In the second half Wooler were able to control the game more effectively with their defence dominating the opposition forwards.

Liam Hardie making his debut after his return from exile, north of the border had a good game at left full-back.

Just when Wooler were looking likely to add to the score a momentary defensive lapse allowed Hexham to draw level.

Thankfully Gareth Pearson came to the rescue scoring with a fierce volley to settle the game and secure the points for Wooler.

It was whilst leaving Hexham for the long journey home that it began to dawn on the Wooler coaching staff, players and supporters how far they had come in such a short space of time, visiting one of the largest towns in the county and returning with three points.

Best for Wooler on the day were McFall, Saunders, Punton and Hardie.

The Glendale side are now just four points behind leaders Cramlington, whom they face in a tough clash at The Martins this weekend.