Wooler0-3 Birtley St Joseph

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After an enforced lay-off due to the weather, Wooler returned to Northern Alliance action for only the second time in 2015.

However, although the home team competed for most of the match, they could not cope with the visitors’ clinical finishing and the pace of the strikers.

Wooler got off to the worst possible start conceding two early goals when the pacy Smith left the Wooler defence for dead to score after eight minutes.

The second goal came minutes later when Smith again raced through on the right and crossed for his strike partner Baine to score with a smart finish.

Wooler gradually clawed their way back in to the match but they struggled to create chances, although Connor Cowens had a few runs on the right wing managed to cross the ball into the box.

The home teams only real chance of the first half saw a looping shot from Kyle Jeffrey clear the cross-bar.

The second half went the same way as the first with Wooler conceding early when they failed to clear a corner and Quigley fired in from close range.

The introduction of substitutes Ross Tait and James Spencer livened things up and Wooler certainly finished strongly but a goal eluded them.