Sam notches brace in Rangers turnaround

Rothbury Rangers U10 2 Shilbottle U10 1

Glendale League U10

Rothbury Rangers showed real bottle in coming from behind to triumph against rivals Shilbottle in this U10 Glendale League match on Saturday.

After a tight but goalless first half in which James Axtell led the Rothbury front-line with real endeavour, the game leapt into life when former Rothbury Rangers player Kalvin Inglis notched an early second-half lead for Shilbottle.

Yet this goal seemed to galvanise a Rothbury team that really took the game to their opponents.

Bolstered by the strong defending of Sid Kemp and Owen Skipsey, Rangers built attacks with confidence and started to peg Shilbottle back into their own half.

The Rothbury pressure soon culminated with a brilliant strike from Rothbury Rangers goal-machine Sam Burdis.

Finding space outside the Shilbottle area, his instant shot screamed into the top right-hand corner of the Shilbottle goal.

Shilbottle, stung into action by this equaliser, hit back with a spell of concerted pressure yet they found Rothbury keeper Roan Stripp in fine form.

The game became increasingly stretched, with chances at both ends.

Adam Barnes and Samuel Ewan came close for Rothbury and, with Ewan Phillips winning crucial midfield tackles for Rothbury, Rangers pressed for a winner.

The goal that confirmed their stirring comeback came with barely a minute left on the clock.

Again it was Burdis who found the breakthrough.

Breaking the Shilbottle defensive line, Sam showed admirable calm as he first rounded the Shilbottle keeper before coolly rolling the ball home for a fantastic comeback win.