Birtley Town V Chester Le Street
Saturday 19th April 2014
The Birtley Sports Complex
Birtley Town F.C. is a football club based in Birtley, Tyne and Wear, England. They play in the Northern Football League Division Two. Although a side from Birtley competed in the inaugural season of the Northern League in 1889–90, the current team were only founded in 1993, when they joined the Wearside League. Despite ending the town's 57 year wait for a league championship by lifting the 2003–04 Wearside League title, Birtley were unable to move up to the Northern League as their ground did not meet the required standard. Following the addition of floodlights and changing facilities, they won the 2006–07 Wearside League, finally gaining promotion to Division Two of the Northern League.
The ground has 2 Stands one seated and one standing both on the side of the pitch the club house and changing rooms are opposite in the corner. Behind the 2 stands is the East Coast Mainline with trains regularly passing by.
Making our way to Birtley from Washington we stopped off at a KFC to stock up and then headed for the final game of the Saturday hop. Chester Le Street stated off the better and won a couple of corners which came to nothing but Birtley took the lead on 15 Minutes when a through ball found Reaks and he made no mistake with the finish. A Birtley shot was well palmed behind for a corner after 29 minutes. The resulting corner was swung into the penalty area and Chester’s keeper caught the ball easily. Before halftime Chester-Le-Street’s number 7 curled an effort heading for the top corner from 20 yards but the keeper got a hand on it to turn it away. Chester-Le-Street got an equalizer after 71 minutes when when a cross was headed towards goal by Robert Draper and it bounced into the net. It didn’t take Birtley long to regain the lead 3 Minutes later the sub Lawrie turned on the edge of the area and smashed the ball into the net Nicol then produce a stunning goal on 25 Minutes from 25 Yards to complete the win. After the game we were straight back to Cumbria Arriving home for 21:00
Ex Carlisle watch
In the Birtley side was former Carlisle YTS player Dillon Morse who after after being released from Carlisle in the summer joined Birtley Town Morse was part of the successful side that went to the final of the Youth Alliance Cup losing 3-1 to Bristol Rovers with Morse scoring the only goal for the blues Young Blues Learn a Hard Lesson
Also in the side was Reece Noble brother of Current Carlisle Player Liam Noble to complete the connections Birtley is the home town of Carlisle Utd Loanee Gary Madine
Not a classic programme lots of adverts but the edition of a word search kept my 6 year old entertained both Saturday and Sunday