Newton Aycliffe 1, Ossett United 3
By Ryan Livingston
Newton Aycliffe were looking to build on the victory against old rivals Ashington in midweek, but Ossett United ran out 3-1 winners at Moore Lane on Saturday.
It was a contest where the final scoreline was incredibly harsh for Aycliffe, where it was a very even game where a mixture of poor finishing and an inspired performance from Ossett’s keeper was what cost Aycliffe the points.
The first half was played at a fast pace, and was very much end to end. Ossett’s TJ Ibrahim used his pace to get a save from Daniel Cameron in the first minute.
Debutant Cole Kiernan was a bright spark going forwards and was unlucky that his shot went wide early in the game.
But against the run of play Ossett’s Diego Edwards took the lead for the away side.
The tempo slowed after this. But Aycliffe still kept most of the possession and had the majority of chances.
And the game turned in favour of the home side when Ossett’s keeper Joe Green was judged to have fouled an Aycliffe player in the box, resulting in a brilliant penalty finish by Kiernan on the edge of half time.
The second half began with Aycliffe having the majority of momentum.
Jack Clarkson and Ethan Wood had two promising shots, but both were easily saved by Green.
Liam Adamson had a promising chance, and Kiernan had several including a chip that went narrowly wide when one-on-one with the keeper.
But Aycliffe conceded against the run of play again, Desmond Amponsah this time, and despite attacks late in the game it was too little, too late, as Diego Edwards got his second to make it 3-1.
Brian Atkinson’s side now enjoy a brief break with no game this week but return to action on Tuesday, September 26, when Sheffield will be the visitors to Moore Lane. Kick off is 7:45pm.