Patterson has too much power for Rovers

Seahouses U10 3 Rothbury Rovers U10 1

A resolute Seahouses team led by hot-shot striker William Patterson were too strong for Rothbury Rovers in Saturday’s Under 10 Glendale League encounter.

Despite a rasping Gareth Rickaby angled drive going very close for Rothbury, Seahouses had all the early pressure and a reticent Rothbury defence proved too accommodating for the Seahouses team. Unwilling to challenge, Rothbury allowed Seahouses both space and territory and William Patterson finished clinically from close range for Seahouses.

Conceding the early goal seemed to settle Rothbury down and they proceeded to take the game to Seahouses.

First Danny Seton broke down the left-hand side to shoot. Then Thorsten Robinson first cleverly lifted the ball over the head of his marking defender to then direct a shot straight at the Seahouses goal.

Bradley Spiers – the Seahouses goalkeeper – was in fine form and again denied Rothbury Rovers with an incredibly acrobatic flying save that directed another Rickaby shot just past the post.

From the resulting corner Fraser Rutherford flashed a glancing header just wide.

Rothbury were enjoying possession but were finding the final shot very difficult.

Although occupying territory deep in the Seahouses half, Rothbury were always prone to a counter attack and Rothbury’s keeper was forced into a fine save to his left as Seahouses looked to move further ahead.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first half had finished.

Fraser Rutherford, Thorsten Robinson, Charlie Hall-Scope and Gareth Rickaby all had chances but could not find a way past a Seahouses keeper growing in confidence. Bolstered by a secure back line Seahouses attacked.

After forcing a corner it was a Seahouses player, again getting to the ball first, who turned the ball towards goal only for Rothbury’s Ziggy Austin-Walker to block the ball with his hand on the goal line. Seahouses hoped for a second goal but the resultant penalty kick soared over the Rothbury cross-bar.

The reprieve, much to Rothbury’s disappointment, did not kick-start a Rovers comeback as Rothbury were having a day when goal scoring seemed almost impossible.

With the forward moves of Rothbury becoming ever more snared in a mixture of mud and very competent Seahouses defending, it was the seasiders who found ways to pick their way through a Rothbury back line to score twice in as many minutes.

Benny Crags and William Patterson scoring for Seahouses.

3-0 down Rothbury pressed again and were rewarded with a fine goal by Gareth Rickaby as he out-sprinted the Seahouses defence to finally beat the excellent Seahouses keeper.

Yet, despite further pressing, it was not to be for Rothbury.

The Seahouses team were not to be denied and Rothbury had fallen to their second defeat of the season.