A SIX-GOAL thriller in the rain saw Prudhoe YC Seniors start their Northern Alliance Division One campaign with a 3-3 draw at Bedlington.

But despite being 2-0 down at half time, the red and blacks were unlucky not to leave Bedlington Community High School’s 4G pitch with all three points.

For a sensational second half hat-trick from Sam Moore saw Prudhoe take a 3-2 lead in to the closing stages, before the hosts levelled in the 86th minute.

The teams were greeted with heavy showers, and it was Bedlington who edged a fairly even first period, clinically taking their chances.

The game was turned on its head in the 64th minute, when Moore, who had taken time out of pre-season to study for his accountancy exams, made the difference. Moore had barely been on the field 60 seconds when he made space to shoot from a narrow angle, while out wide on the right hand side, and found the net with a low drive.

Ten minutes later, he ran on to a well-timed Luke Banks through ball to finish neatly.

And on the 80 minute mark, Moore finished from close range, from another Banks assist, to make it 3-2.

Prudhoe, whose pre-season included an eye-catching 5-5 draw with Northern League side Whickham FC, conceded a late equaliser.

But with new signing Frazer Briggs impressing in midfield alongside the club’s existing crop of young players, there will be more to come in the weeks and months ahead. Prudhoe were due to host Rothbury last night, and will welcome Heburn Town U21 to Kimberly Park on Saturday.