Prudhoe YC Seniors vs Birtley Town


Prudhoe YC Seniors

  • Prudhoe YC Seniors vs Birtley Town - 2 goal(s)
  • Cameron Hood - 1 (21') goal(s)
  • Lewis Exley - 1 (62') goal(s)

Birtley Town

  • Aidan Rutledge - 1 (52') goal(s)
Fri 02 Sep 2022 | 7:30 pm
Prudhoe YC FC


Birtley lost their first game of the season with a 2-1 defeat to Prudhoe YC at Essity Park on Friday night.  

Match highlights available HERE

Birtley made just the one change to the side that beat Boldon on Tuesday. Ben Garrity returned to right back replacing Josh Holland who had a slight injury and could only make the bench. 

Newly promoted Prudhoe took all three points in a game that lacked quality. The hosts started the better of the two sides and were winning individual battles from the first whistle. Prudhoe dominated the early stages and took the lead from a set piece on 21 minutes. A corner wasn’t cleared and ex-Birtley Town midfielder Cameron Hood pounced to haunt his old side, smashing the ball beyond Grant from close range. The first period lacked real quality with Prudhoe having the most possession and popping balls into the Birtley box. Thomas Ions had a good effort whistle beyond the post on 41 minutes before Birtley managed their first real effort on 44 minutes when Callum Smith smashed an effort towards the Prudhoe goal. The effort was well saved and held by Prudhoe keeper Thomas White. 

The second half started in better fashion for The Hoops. On 53 minutes an Alex Francis cross from the right was met by Aidan Rutledge who headed home his 20th goal of the season however Birtley were level for just nine minutes. Prudhoe again forced Birtley into defending a set piece, it wasn’t cleared and Lewis Exley smashed home the loose ball from twelve yards. The goal proved a crucial moment with Birtley just starting to gain momentum after their equaliser. Alex Francis had a long range effort well saved but Birtley failed to create any real clear cut chances to draw level. Prudhoe nearly extended their lead in injury time when Will Morris fired his shot just beyond the far post. 

There could be no complaints Foster and Bryson’s men as a well organised and tireless Prudhoe side took all three points. Foss reflected on the defeat “It was disappointing to fall to two set pieces on Friday but we never really got going. We didn’t do what we have done over the last month to get us to where we are and give credit to Prudhoe for the way they set out and they had a game plan which worked. We just didn’t deal with it. If we have learned the game, then moving forward it might not be a bad lesson and we were always at some point going to get beat.”

Next up

The Hoops return to the Arrowmark Home Improvement Stadium on Tuesday evening with a huge game against undefeated Bedlington Terriers. The game kicks off at 7:30pm and we would love to see you all there. 


Date Time League Season
Fri 02 Sep 2022 7:30 pm Northern League D2 2022-23


Prudhoe YC FC
Essity Park, Prudhoe


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Prudhoe YC Seniors112
Birtley Town011

Birtley Town

1Conor Grant Goalkeeper
2Ben Garrity Midfielder
3Mark Pattison 15 Defender
4Jack Honour Midfielder
5Callum Turnbull Defender
6Owen Lancaster Defender 66'
7Alex Francis Midfielder
8Thomas Scothern 17 Midfielder
9Aidan Rutledge Forward 52'
10Callum Smith 12 Forward
11Joe Barwick 14 Forward
12Alex Morland 10 Midfielder
13John Martin Defender
14Josh Holland 11 Defender
15Brandon Turnbull 3 Forward
17Jack Harrison 8 Forward
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 21 52 62 66 68 72 72 75 80 86 89 FT