Wooler 2-2 Cramlington Town


This keenly contested encounter was one of the best games seen at Wooler for years.

The match saw Wooler manager Barry Guthrie make some defensive changes with a new look back four of Paul Yeadon, Gareth Pearson, Tom Farr and Michael Saunders.

The combination in central defence of Farr and Saunders played exceptionally well effectively containing the oppositions danger man Adam Shanks.

In the early stages of the match the visitors looked the more likely to score, with their strikers and midfield combining well and pressing Wooler back.

Cramlington scored after 25 minutes when Shanks converted a penalty after a foul in the box. But Wooler immediately struck back when Saunders was on hand to convert from close range following a goal mouth scramble after a Jamie Punton free kick.

Both defences were in the ascendancy and neither team were able to create clear-cut scoring opportunities.

The second half resumed in a similar manner with Cramlington pressing forward and Wooler counter-attacking. Cramlington scored their second goal with a wonder strike from substitute Ryan Jones with a left foot volley.

Wooler were able to bounce back and in a frantic last 10 minutes Jamie Punton equalised for the home side latching onto a left wing cross from Luke Strangeways,

Shanks was sent off for swearing at the referee, a cow invaded the fiel.

Best for Wooler on the day were Farr and Saunders who were simply different class !