Rangers stay unbeaten after derby victory

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Longhoughton Rangers U10 3 Alnwick Town Cobras U10 1

NMSL U10 Serie A

Longhoughton Rangers came out on top in this tightly contested fixture on a warm and sunny Thursday evening at Westfield Park.

Alnwick Town came out of the blocks like a rocket from the kick-off, immediately working Zac Stephenson in the Rangers goal, forcing smart saves from two ferocious shots in the opening minute. Alnwick were determined to seize the upper hand and kept up a high tempo, pressing Longhoughton back in their own half.

Only great defending and last-ditch tackles from Joe Archbold and Thorsten Robinson kept the Rangers goal intact.

The game then settled down into a midfield battle with the odd chance at either end. A well-worked one-two on the edge of the Cobras box between Ben Lawton and Lewis Fairbairn created space for a Lawton pile-driver which was tipped over the bar for the corner from which the game’s opening goal would come.

Fairbairn stepped up and clipped an inch-perfect ball to the back-post for Joseph Cormack to bury a header into the roof of the net (1-0).

As half-time approached, a loose ball on the halfway line was picked up by the Cobras’ Marco Mckenley.

He strode forward and struck a vicious shot that for all the world was destined for the top corner only to be denied by a brilliant diving fingertip save from Stephenson, keeping Rangers in front at half-time.

With the second half eight minutes old, Longhoughton doubled their lead when Joseph Cormack robbed the ball in midfield, played a one-two with Roan Brayson before cutting back onto his right foot and finding the bottom left corner (2-0).

Within a minute of the restart, Alnwick were back in the game.

A strong run down the right wing and a low cut-back cross was met for a tap-in by Marco at the back-post (2-1).

Longhoughton sealed the victory with two minutes left on the clock.

Alex Threfall won a tackle on the left and played in Lawton, who was brought down on the turn for a free-kick 20 yards out.

Thorsten Robinson struck a thunderbolt which the Alnwick keeper could only parry into the path of Alex Threfall who tapped in on the follow-up (3-1).

Another victory as Longhoughton remain the league’s only unbeaten side.