Derby joy for River

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Amble Dock...1 River Coquet...3

Morpeth Sunday League, Division Two

RIVER visited Warkworth’s very own Wembley on Sunday to face local rivals Dock and, from the start, showed they meant business as they bombarded the Dock goal.

Stand-in defender Lance Burton flew in with a hard challenge early on and had to play the rest of the game with a caution on his head, but that didn’t bother him as he put in a fantastic performance.

Gary Taylor hit the crossbar early on to set the pace of the game.

It was important that River got a win on the Dock’s home ground to kick-start their season.

Gav Keen slotted home after rounding the keeper from inside the 18-yard area to start the scoring for River, who settled exceptionally well after the first goal.

The Dock played a long ball forward to try to reply.

It was chased down, but was met by the ‘Great’ (in his words, not this reporter’s as the club has different names for him) Straker.

The hotel boys still pressured the River half, only for Dan Fairbridge to hammer home for the Coquet.

Half-time: 2-0 to River

The second half saw the River play some awesome football from the likes of Thompson, Burton, and Jewson.

River included former Dock player Ramsey, making his full debut. He showed the Dock what they are missing, with a good performance.

River’s back four were superb but the Dock Hotel took advantage when the defence momentarily switched off and Alex Potts smashed one in from 20 yards for 2-1.

River wanted more and pushed on to take it to 3-1, thanks to the superb Gary Taylor.

River: Straker, Thompson, Row, Burton, Jewson, A Taylor (c), G Taylor, Ramsey, Fairbridge, Keen, R Gibson. Man-of-the-match: Lance Burton.