With six first team regulars and the manager missing through a combination of weddings, injuries and holidays, it was a much changed and youthful Wooler team that took the field on Saturday to play Cramlington Town.
The crowd were apprehensive at the start of the match fearing an onslaught, but they need not have worried. Wooler were ably managed by coach Willie Henderson and the experienced players such as Michael Saunders and Jamie Punton led by example.
Wooler got off to a bright start and in the first 15 minutes created two good scoring opportunities.
It was against the run of play when after 20 minutes the visitors opened the scoring. Kev Bell took the ball on the left and squared the ball for McDonald to neatly fire home.
Cramlington looked like they might dominate, but Wooler continued to play at a high tempo and created an equal share of chances.
Wooler made some tactical changes at half time and these immediately began to pay off. After 60 minutes Wooler got the breakthrough they deserved when a through ball by Spencer released Cowens to run through and score.
Straight from the restart this was almost repeated when Punton passed to Cowens who saw his shot saved by the keeper.
Wooler were playing the better football and their resolute defending restricted Cramlington to very few goal attempts.
In the 70th minute Wooler were awarded a corner and in the resultant scramble the referee said the ball had crossed the line and awarded a goal to make it 2-1. This was no more than Wooler deserved as their pace and determination continued to trouble the visitors.
With 10 minutes to go Cramlington got a share of the points when a deep cross from the left found Mason at the back post to head from four yards.