GLENDALE LEAGUE U10
Longhoughton Legends...4 Seahouses...0
LONGHOUGHTON Legends continued their unbeaten run in the Glendale League with a 4-0 victory over Seahouses.
A scrappy game of few chances saw Seahouses getting plenty of players behind the ball to extinguish Longhoughton attacks.
The Longhoughton performance was well below par based on their own recent high standard of passing play, and it took the boys a while to find their feet to put together some fluid movement.
Shots from distance from midfielders Matisse Richards and Lewis Smart went high and wide respectively as the Legends struggled to break down the sturdy Seahouses defence.
Seahouses pushed forward with a long ball, which was expertly cut out by Legends defender Harry Gibson, putting the Legends on the counter-attack. Gibson’s pass picked out striker Travis Robinson who finished expertly, putting Longhoughton 1-0 up.
A delicate injury to Smart meant an early introduction to the game for Lewis Marley and he made an almost immediate impact with a well-placed pass to Robinson who fired home his second.
The Seahouses team continued to challenge the Legends defenders but the trio of Gibson, Adam Falkous and Jonathan Fortescue stood firm to calmly and effectively break up any threat.
On the occasions that the ball did break through, keeper Jake Bell was on hand to sweep it clear of danger.
Half-time saw Longhoughton change formation to bring Fortescue into midfield to support Smart and Marley, with Robinson taking a break to allow Richards to fill the role of striker. This change enabled Longhoughton to be more creative and brought some heroic saves from the new Seahouses goalkeeper ,who worked tirelessly to keep his team in the game, as Richards, Smart and Fortescue all fired in quality shots on target.
In a period of end-to-end play, defender Gibson broke free, making a terrific run and blasting a powerful shot for the third goal.
Longhoughton still didn’t have things all their own way as the Seahouses team were always looking to push forward and they were unlucky not to score in a goalmouth scramble when Bell was just able to get down to push the ball wide for Gibson to clear.
Longhoughton finally sealed their victory when a cross into the box from Smart on the right caused confusion among the Seahouses defence resulting in an unfortunate own-goal. Final score: 4-0.
Longhoughton Legends: Jake Bell, Harry Gibson, Adam Falkous, Jonathan Fortescue, Lewis Smart, Matisse Richards, Travis Robinson and Lewis Marley. Longhoughton man-of-the-match: Harry Gibson.