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RIVER Coquet returned to their old stomping ground from last season to raise a question mark over the Dock’s tagging of the ‘fortress’.
The Dock duly started the brighter and kept the River in their own half for the first 10 minutes.
The game settled down with the ever-improving Dan Fairbridge getting into his stride and causing nothing but bother to the Dock defenders down his flank.
The opening goal came from a resulting Fairbridge cross from the left for John Spears to squeeze in from a tight angle at the far post to start the wild celebrations on the River bench as the players celebrated themselves.
On the day of the big North East derby, Marco Robson took a leaf out of the Thomas Sörensen book of derby penalty saving, as he dived to his right to stop a Karl Taylor penalty.
The second half kicked off with the game still up for grabs for either team and the River Boys grabbed it with a lovely knock over the Dock defence by River’s lanky midfielder Andrew Taylor for Lance Burton to pounce and give his shiny new boots their first goal as he placed it beautifully in the back of Boyd’s net.
The Dock nearly brought themselves back into it with a typical non-league-style goalmouth scramble with the resulting shot cleared off the line by Craig Kielty.
Karl Taylor got a consolation goal for the Dock to set up a final 15 minutes of extreme tension for the River.
Scott Arries gave the game a real derby feel with some tasty but fair challenges, going in with his never-say-die attitude.
As the full-time whistle rang out, the River management team of Paul Kielty and Harvey Handyside applauded and hugged the players as they walked off the pitch to give the River their first derby win after some extremely hard work and the Amble bragging rights until the two teams meet again.
River Coquet man-of-the-match sponsored by Robinson Murphy Personal Injury Solicitors: Dan Fairbridge.
River are at home next week to Bedlington Barrington Arms, kick-off 10.30am.