Vipers and pythons slither to victories

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Glendale League round-up

Snakes stalked the plains of Glendale Middle School during the Tustain Motors Glendale League on Saturday.

Under 10 teams were all a-slither as the Alnwick snake den stung battling opponents.

Both the Alnwick Vipers and the Alnwick Pythons achieved excellent victories, the Vipers sending Wooler to their first defeat of the season in a 5-1 encounter and the Pythons beating Rothbury Rangers 5-0. Cameron Nichols scored three for the Pythons.

Rothbury Rovers had better luck than their Rangers counterparts, enjoying the best of an 8-3 encounter against Felton. Gareth Rickaby scored five of the Coquetdale side’s total to put his team alongside Alnwick Vipers and Berwick Juniors as the early pace-setters of the division.

Lowick Lions had man-of-the-match Kyle Newton to thank for the two goals that secured a 2-2 draw with Longhorsley.

Lowick Panthers defeated Shilbottle 5-0, with Kitt Hawthorn the leading goal-scorer for the Panthers.

In fact, Saturday saw the battle of the cats and nature was turned on its head as the smaller feline came up trumps – Lowick Wildcats beating Lowick Tigers 5-0.

That was also the scoreline as Berwick Juniors beat Seahouses.

Once again, hot-shot striker Sam Straughan was among the goals, this time notching a hat-trick to go with last week’s double.

The Under 12 division promises to be unpredictable as two sides lost their previously 100 per cent winning record. First Longhorsley fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat in a midweek encounter with Rothbury. The match once again saw super-sub Jack Corrigan make a goal-scoring impact for Longhorsley, yet Rothbury struck back with Josef Laverty and Louis Stripp scoring goals that took all three points.

Eyemouth overturned the hitherto ravenous Lowick Leopards 3-1.

Eyemouth have become one of the most successful big-game hunters of the competition acquiring, in consecutive weeks, wins over both the Leopards and Eagles of Lowick. Scott Kenney scored two of the Eyemouth goals with Steven Sinton scoring the other.

Eyemouth’s win now leaves the Tweedmouth Amateurs as the only team not to have dropped points in the section.

The Amateurs beat Wooler in their second 5-0 win of the season with Brian Tait and Kyle Watson each bagging a brace.

However, Rothbury climbed to the top of the Under 12 table, as they played their fourth game of the season. They beat Seahouses 4-1.

Lowick Eagles also scored four goals in beating Lowick Pumas. Dion Trafford scoring a hat-trick for the league’s kings of the sky.

The Under 14 section saw Wooler record their first win of the campaign. Edged out in two previous narrow defeats, they produced an assured performance to defeat Seahouses 2-0, the goals being shared among Gregor Sharp and Kieran Jones.

Clean sheets were the order of the day in the Under 14s as Alnmouth also recorded a shut-out in beating Berwick 5-0. Yet the defensive masters of the league are rapidly becoming Rothbury Under14s.

If you don’t concede, then your team only needs to notch a solitary goal to win and Rothbury have done just that in consecutive matches. This time, it was Jordan Bruce getting the valuable score.