A hard-fought stalemate

Rothbury Juniors are seen after a series of sponsorship deals that have seen the squads kitted out for the 2011-12 season. Picturaed are the U12s with manager Paul Saxon and sponsor Martyn Sutton, plumbing and heating engineer.
Rothbury Juniors are seen after a series of sponsorship deals that have seen the squads kitted out for the 2011-12 season. Picturaed are the U12s with manager Paul Saxon and sponsor Martyn Sutton, plumbing and heating engineer.

Rothbury U12...1 Lowick Eagles U12...1

Glendale League, U12

A DRAW was a fair result after a competitive match in which both teams fought hard throughout.

Lowick had the best of the early exchanges, testing the Rothbury defence and stand-in goalkeeper Louis Stripp, who acquitted himself extremely well.

Rothbury’s best chances came from Alex Law, who put in a superb cross that his team mates could not convert, and Robbie Young, who brought an excellent save from the Lowick keeper.

Lowick continued to create chances themselves and towards the end of the first half Stripp made another good save to keep the scores level at half-time.

Early in the second half Rothbury broke the deadlock.

James Ballantyne crossed superbly from the left wing and Law converted well, passing the ball into the corner of the net.

However, Lowick responded well and Rothbury had to work hard in defence, with Lewis Middleton, Jake Austin Walker and Ben Wright all making many outstanding tackles as Lowick pressed for an equaliser.

Mid-way through the half Lowick deservedly broke through, their striker slipping the ball past Stripp as he came out to narrow the angle.

Rothbury had chances to re-take the lead, with Law and Ballantyne bringing good saves from the Lowick keeper and Ballantyne also striking a fierce left foot shot just wide.

Rothbury’s Josef Laverty had an outstanding second half, tackling hard in defence and helping to launch Rothbury’s attacks as Henry Wagner replaced Robbie Young to spearhead Rothbury’s push for a winner.

However, the best chances came at the other end, with Austin Walker clearing off the line and Lowick almost snatching victory in the dying seconds from a deflected corner.

There was relief from both sets of supporters when the final whistle was blown as neither side deserved to lose.

Rothbury: Alex Law, Ben Wright, Henry Wagner, Jake Austin Walker, James Ballantyne, Josef Laverty, Lewis Middleton, Louis Stripp, Robbie Young. Man-of-the-match: Ben Wright.