Seasiders take apart Rothbury challenge

Rothbury U12....0 Seahouses U12...4

Glendale League U12

THIS was a difficult game for a Rothbury team struggling with injuries against a powerful Seahouses side that has had a flawless start to the season.

Rothbury held their own for much of the first half, with Louis Stripp in particular creating opportunities on the left, linking well with forwards Robbie Young and Harry Monks. However, they were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities and the stalemate was broken by a good move from Seahouses, splitting the Rothbury defence with a through-ball for their number seven to fire home.

Two more goals followed, despite excellent defensive work from Rothbury’s Josef Laverty, Ben Wright and Lewis Middleton, supported by Alex Law and Louis Stripp. The second goal was a cool finish through the legs of Rothbury’s keeper, the third an unstoppable long-range shot into the top left-hand corner of the goal.

Despite the three-goal deficit Rothbury came out fighting in the second half. Young, Monks and substitute James Ballantyne continued to press forward, working hard in an effort to create chances and to put the defenders under pressure to prevent Seahouses converting defence into attack.

Stripp and Law worked tirelessly in midfield, well supported by Laverty as Rothbury tried to get numbers into the opposition half, but despite forcing several corners Rothbury were unable to get the goal they needed to get themselves back into the match.

Goalkeeper Saxon helped keep Seahouses at bay for much of the second half, with one notable save in particular pushing a powerful, close-range shot on to the post but in the end Seahouses’ only second-half goal came from a misplaced Rothbury clearance, needing only a tap-in by the Seahouses striker.

Although Rothbury were over-powered by a superior side, the result could not hide an improved team performance and Rothbury can be optimistic that the improvement will continue as players return from injury.

Rothbury: Alex Law, Ben Saxon, Ben Wright, Harry Monks, James Ballantyne, Josef Laverty, Lewis Middleton, Louis Stripp, Robbie Young. Man-of-the-match: Ben Wright.