Rothbury push Town all the way

Rothbury U12 1 Alnwick Town U12 2

Glendale League U12

Alnwick Town did just enough to overcome a strong Rothbury performance in Saturday’s U12 Glendale League encounter.

Alnwick started the more composed of the two teams and pressed Rothbury back into their own half, soon falling behind.

James Chrisp let loose a terrific shot that soared into the top right-hand corner of the Rothbury net (0-1).

Alnwick could have added another goal immediately after, yet a full-length Niall Murtagh dive tipped another excellent strike past the post.

Rothbury needed something special to rouse themselves and they found this with the introduction of Cameron Austin-Walker.

Cameron’s desire to chase down Alnwick defenders in possession of the ball moved his team up the pitch and provided a platform on which Rothbury could build attacks.

James Williams almost profited from this change in the tide of the game immediately. Pouncing on a loose ball he shot just over the Alnwick crossbar.

Cameron’s smart finish past a stranded Alnwick keeper was chalked off due to an earlier hand-ball from an Alnwick defender. The resulting free-kick was well saved by the Alnwick keeper.

Rothbury would not be denied and they soon scored their deserved equaliser from a free-kick from much further out. James Williams lofted a long ball into the Alnwick area.

The Alnwick keeper, blinded by the bright winter sun, failed to gather the ball and, as it looped into the air, a brave header by Cameron flicked the ball into the net from very close range (1-1).

The second half started in exactly the same fashion as the first.

Early pressure from Alnwick resulted in a driven shot that Rothbury keeper Niall parried but, as he fell on the rebound, it was an Alnwick foot that touched the ball into the Rothbury net before Niall could gather (1-2).

Rothbury attacked and attacked yet could not fashion a clear chance.

Often an over eagerness to shoot proved the undoing of a lot of glorious Rothbury approach play and hard as Rothbury pressed, the time was slowly ticking down.

In the final minutes of the game Rothbury pressed more of their team into attack.

Robbie Bulloch swept another great ball into the Alnwick area but despite the presence of three Rothbury attackers, it was an Alnwick boot that cleared the ball from danger and ensured an Alnwick victory.