By Andrew McDonnell
Dan Wilson scored a brace in the first-half as Blyth AFC thrashed Ponteland United 8-0 in a pre-season friendly match at Ponteland Leisure Centre.
Jack Walker slotted home on 22 minutes and Blyth soon had their second after Cameron Fenton curled into the bottom corner, two minutes later.
Wilson’s two goals came in the space of four minutes around the half-hour mark and Curtis Coppen inflicted more misery on 35 minutes.
David Robinson missed a penalty two minutes later, but the Braves did manage to add a sixth on half-time through Adam Forster.
In the final eight minutes of the game, substitutes Dylan Williamson and Liam Hudson added to the tally as the visitors finished the game with eight goals.
After a 6-0 victory against West Allotment Celtic in their last friendly, Jon McDonald and Ian Skinner made four changes for the game with Ponteland.
Bobby Taylor forced the ‘keeper into making a good low save on eight minutes before Robinson lobbed an effort over the bar six minutes later.
The Ponteland resistance lasted 22 minutes before Robinson found the advancing Walker, who slotted home through the goalkeepers legs.
Two minutes later, Fenton picked up the ball on the edge of the area, shifted past his marker and fired into the bottom corner to double Blyth’s lead.
The floodgates started to open and just a minute after Fenton curled inches wide, Wilson got himself onto the scoresheet.
A short goal-kick was intercepted by Robinson, who squared the ball across the six-yard box and Wilson tapped into the net from close range.
The striker was among the action again, three minutes later, after Marc Lancaster threaded a pass through to him in the area.
Wilson bundled his way past the approaching ‘keeper before tapping into an empty net for his second goal of the game.
The Braves had a swagger about themselves and soon found a fifth goal when Taylor’s corner was headed back across goal and into the corner of the net by Coppen.
Robinson had the chance to add a sixth goal from the spot on 38 minutes, but Ponteland’s ‘keeper made a good save, low to his right.
Right on the stroke of half-time, summer-signing Forster controlled a cross on the edge of the area before volleying home – rounding off an excellent half of football for the visitors.
McDonald and Skinner made eight changes at half-time, with Trialist A, Matthew Tumilty, Paul Antony, David Henderson, Liam Hudson, Sean McRoberts, Dylan Williamson and Ben Harmison all coming on.
After a couple of good chances for the hosts to pull a goal back, Sean McRoberts was denied by an excellent save by Dale Walker, who went in goal for Ponteland in the second-half.
The Blyth coach rolled back the years with an excellent save, low to his left, and certainly commanded his back four well from the minute he stepped onto the pitch.
The second-half didn’t really come to life until the final 15 minutes when McRoberts was denied again by Walker before Harmison’s header was pushed away by the ‘keeper.
Summer-signing Williamson found the net for the first time in a Blyth shirt after lashing home into the roof of the net on 82 minutes – leaving the ‘keeper helpless.
Blyth added another, four minutes later, after Hudson picked up the ball on the edge of the area before curling home into the bottom corner.
It was a good test for the Braves, who have now scored 14 goals in their last two friendlies, and they face Willington at Welfare Park on Saturday afternoon.
Blyth AFC First-Half Team: Chris Bannon, Marc Lancaster, Liam Gillesphey, Curtis Coppen, Jack Walker, Kyle Oliver, Adam Forster, Bobby Taylor, David Robinson, Dan Wilson, Cameron Fenton
Blyth AFC Second-Half Team: Chris Bannon, Trialist A, Liam Gillesphey, Matthew Tumilty, Kyle Oliver, Paul Antony, David Henderson, Liam Hudson, Sean McRoberts, Dylan Williamson, Ben Harmison
Goals: 0-1, 22 min, Walker; 0-2, 24 min, Fenton; 0-3, 28 min, Wilson; 0-4, 31 min, Wilson; 0-5, 35 min, Coppen; 0-6, 45 min, Forster; 0-7, 82 min, Williamson; 0-8, 86 min, Hudson
Referee: Peter Osgood
Assistants: John McKeown and Norman Symington
Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo