Goal brings rare glimpse of entertainment

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ROBSON CUP (QUARTER-FINAL)

Red Row Welfare...1 Craster Rovers...0

RED Row eased into their third semi-final of the season with a 1-0 victory over Craster in a largely uneventful game.

The first half didn’t see many chances with Red Row’s final ball letting them down and Craster clearing their lines at every opportunity and using their aerial presence to good effect to keep them at bay. The closest to a breakthrough in the first half came through Matty Graham who hit a stinging drive just over the bar from the edge of the box.

The second half didn’t see much of an improvement with Red Row finding chances hard to come by, despite having the lion’s share of possession, Darren Smith clipped the bar with a cross shot before younger brother Paul tested the keeper with a trademark 30-yard strike.

Just as the game looked like crawling into extra time, a run down the right from Kevin Bell allowed him space to cross into the box and the ball evaded everyone except for Darren Smith who rifled a volley home into the net with perfect technique, a fine goal that brought a rare glimpse of entertainment into an otherwise boring game. There weren’t many more chances after Smith’s goal as Red Row booked themselves a semi-final berth.

HFC Pizza man-of-the-match: Mick Straker. Match sponsor: Performance Personal Training. Match hospitality: Red Row Brick Club.

Red Row squad: M Mavin, J Giles, M Smith, M Straker, J Charlton, K Bell, P Smith, M Graham, J Baston, R Warwick, D Smith, D Palmer, S Palmer, K Taylor, J Gray.