River runs dry after impressive start

DIVISION TWO

River Coquet...2

Bedlington Barrington Arms...3

AN understrength River played their first home game since mid-October against the top team in Division Two who have won all their league games this season scoring no less than 49 goals in seven outings.

The game started well with Bedlington not surprisingly attacking until they broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with a pass that just seemed to pass almost everyone, for the Barrington striker to slot past Marco Robson and mark the 50th goal of Bedlington’s league season (0-1).

After the goal River seemed to have an extra spring in their step with talisman-like midfielder Andrew Taylor bossing the midfield again and seemingly covering every blade of grass on the park.

The reply came once again from Dan Fairbridge with another pin-point cross from the impressive youngster for Lance Burton to head into the top right corner to score his eighth goal of the campaign (1-1).

River’s second goal came from that lad again, Dan Fairbridge, who had to put a performance in with his mother standing on the sidelines. He took the ball and jinked past a defender to let rip with a shot from 20 yards out to see it go to the right of the keeper to nestle in the back of the net.

Half-time and River went in 2-1 to the good. And the usual words of wisdom from the River management team of Handyside and Kielty. The second half kicked off with Bedlington chucking everything at the River defence with centre-back pairing of Lowrey and Wilson holding well until Bedlington fired themselves back into the game, making it 2-2.

Marco Robson was the hero again as he kept River in the game once again with a string of fine saves before lady luck smiled at the Bedlington bench as a corner came in and the attacker knew nothing of it until the ball was in back of Robson’s net (2-3).

This was River’s first league defeat since the opening day of the season. River Coquet would also like to add that they this week passed all the criteria to once again achieve an FA Charter Standard Club Award. The club thanked everyone involved for getting this prestigious award.

River Coquet: Robson (C), Kielty, Palmer, Wilson, Lowrey, Spears, Scott, Taylor, Fairbridge, Burton, Gibson (R). Subs: Jordan, Dodgson, Gibson (L), Collins (unused). Man-of-the-match sponsored by McNally Financial: Marco Robson. Match sponsor: The Schooner, Amble. Ball sponsor: VJ Store, Amble.

Sunday’s match is away to Felton, kick-off 10.30am. River Coquet thanked all sponsors and DJ, Susan and Rachel for their hospitality at The Schooner.