Keen hat-trick gives River local bragging rights

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River Coquet...6 Alnmouth Argyle...1

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ONCE again, River had to face up to the heat as they faced Alnmouth in an evening kick-off at Amble.

River came out of the blocks early, with some nice work in the middle of the park with recent signing Gav Keen playing perfectly just between midfield and the forward line.

Keen played his part in the opening goal as he knocked a decent ball into the box for Lance Burton to score his first goal of the evening with a simple tap-in after only eight minutes.

But then, as with all football, you don’t get lazy and River did just that as they conceded a poor penalty.

The Alnmouth player took the spot-kick, sending Jamie Davison the wrong way to take the score to 1-1 after nine minutes.

After the Argyle goal, River seemed to settle down and get back into their stride and take the game to Argyle.

Their second goal came from the ever impressive Keen as he played a sweet ball to Gary Taylor, who neatly chipped it over the advancing keeper to take the score to 2-1.

San Fairbridge decided other people were getting too much praise and played a beautifully-weighted pass over the defence for Lance Burton to take it around the keeper to make it 3-1 to the River.

Just before half-time, Taylor took the ball off his captain and brother Andy before going on a solo run into the box and once again beating the keeper to find his shot cleared off the line but only back to his feet. He knocked it over for Dan Fairbridge to head into the net to take River into the interval 4-1 to the good.

After the break, River got back into the swing of things as Andy Taylor knocked a ball onto the head of Burton, who did his trademark headed flick into path of Fairbridge who once again rounded the keeper to make it 5-1.

The Alnmouth keeper must havebeen getting sick of being rounded in front of a bumper 55 people at the Welfare, but just in case he wasn’t, Fairbridge decided to find out as he took a pass off Keen to round the keeper and claim the match ball as he saw his third goal nestle in the back of the net to take it to 6-1.

Alnmouth had a good spell in last 10 minutes, including a long-range effort which hit the post, but River weren’t to be hampered as they claimed their second win to stay unbeaten in three pre-season games in which they’ve scored 22 goals.

Starting XI: Davison, Yo Thompson, Stewart, Spiers, Dobey, Taylor G, Taylor A, Arries, Fairbridge, Keen, Burton.. Match sponsor: AC Joinery Ltd (Amble). Ball sponsor: Bengal Spice, Amble.