Challengers make moves before end

Tustain Motors Glendale League round-up

Saturday saw the true brilliance of a central-venue league.

For four hours, everywhere you looked over the playing fields of Glendale Middle School, were games that mattered.

They call the third round of a golf major, moving day – the day when players make their move for the top of the leader board, well, in the same way, the penultimate Saturday of the Glendale League was the day when the hopes of every team’s season hung in the balance.

In the U14s, Rothbury were looking to add to their season, already crowned league champions they went into Saturday’s game looking for a victory that would take them to the Premiership Cup final and a chance for the double.

In a tight game against Lowick Rangers, they were unable to match the Rangers’ solitary goal and lost 1-0.

This result set up an all Lowick final as the Lowick Falcons defeated Alnmouth.

The U14 Championship Cup saw Wooler beat Berwick in a 5-3 minor classic. Brandon Crombie and Kieran Jones both scored twice for Wooler with Gregor Sharp adding a fifth. Wooler will play Seahouses in the Championship final.

The U12 Premiership Cup was split into two semi-finals where first played fourth and second played third. Both games were very competitive.

Tweedmouth Amateurs further burnished their league title-winning quality by overcoming Longhorsley 2-1.

In the second game Lowick Leopards played Rothbury. The Leopards entered the tie on a very good run of form and their forward momentum was too much for a Rothbury team who have developed a heart-breaking knack of dominating possession yet finding it impossible to score.

The crucial goal came early in the second half via a sharp finish from close range by Lowick’s Craig Bell.

In the U12 Championship semi-final, Eyemouth had their second consecutive success.

Last year they won the U10 version of the competition and this year they got to the final of the U12s by beating Wooler 3-1.

In the U10 Premiership Cup, Wooler were desperately unlucky to lose 4-2 against Berwick Juniors, this season’s best Glendale League team.

Berwick are still to be beaten yet their unblemished record was threatened as Wooler belied their lowly position in the Premiership table by really taking the game to the league champions.

Berwick move into the final where they will play Alnwick Vipers after they defeated Rothbury Rovers 1-0.

In the U10s, Alnwick Pythons recorded a great 6-1 victory over Lowick Panthers, their second consecutive match where they’ve scored six.

Rothbury Rangers became their village’s only Glendale Cup finalist after Lowick Wildcats lost 4-1 to Felton on Friday night.

Olly Gibson scored two of the goals for Felton whose win surprised the form book. Vinnie Clazie replied for the Wildcats.

The defeat against Felton was bookended by a 6-1 win over Lowick Tigers that saw Clazie score a hat-trick.

James Gilhome, Garth Skelly and Lee Matthews added the other goals for the Wildcats with the irrepressible Peggy Mein replying for the Tigers.

Playing Rothbury will be Lowick Lions who beat the Wildcats 4-1 with Kitt Cawthorn, Sam Tait, Dominic Peters and Jackson Robertson scoring the goals.

The Lowick Lions also won a wonderfully entertaining game against Longhorsley on the same day.

Longhorsley took the lead against the run of play through Alan Roskily, the pick of the game’s players.

That looked to be the only goal of the game, yet driven on by the inspirational Dominic Peters, valiant Longhorsley were eventually swamped by Lowick pressure. Jackson Robertson scored both of Lowick’s two late goals.

Alan Roskilly also scored in Longhorsley’s 3-2 win over Shilbottle with Dylan Adams and Leo Foster also scoring while Felton beat Lowick Tigers 5-0.

But surely the most pleasing aspect of Saturday’s action was the great spirit in which all the games were played?