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Tweedmouth Rangers...1 Red Row Welfare...6

MINOR CUP, ROUND THREE

RED Row advanced to the fourth round of the Minor Cup with a fine display away to Tweedmouth Rangers in freezing and windy conditions.

There was only one minute on the clock when a slick passing move found its way to Kevin Bell who finished well to open the scoring (0-1).

Red Row kept the ball on the floor, playing a patient passing game and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but Tweedmouth defended resolutely and attempted to hit them on the counter-attack, forcing Marc Mavin into a solid save in their best move of the first-half.

Another fine move from Red Row culminated in Robert Baker feeding Kevin Bell with a delightful pass, with Bell making no mistake to double up for himself and Red Row before half-time (0-2).

The second-half carried on in the same vein with Red Row playing some football that was very easy on the eye, but a loose clearance allowed Tweedmouth to grab a goal back with their number seven finishing clinically (1-2).

Red Row soon restored their two-goal advantage when Kevin Bell outpaced the back-line to complete his hat-trick and take his goal to 26 goals in 12 games in all competitions (1-3).

Darren Smith then broke free and was caught by the opposing keeper but inexplicably the referee waved play on before turning down another appeal for a penalty when the ball appeared to strike a defender’s arm.

Dan Palmer put the game beyond any doubt when he ran with the ball from deep and played a neat one-two with Darren Smith before placing into the bottom corner (1-4).

Smith atoned for a couple of earlier misses to net his 24th goal of the season, taking his and strike-partner Bell’s combined total of goals to 50 (1-5).

Deep in injury-time, Paul Smith, making his first appearance since signing on full-time from Ashington Colliers, finished the scoring with a fine left-foot drive to cap a brilliant team performance in preparation for their top-of-the-table clash against Newbiggin on Saturday (1-6).

Red Row squad: M Mavin, J Giles, M Smith, M Straker, D Palmer, K Taylor, S Palmer, R Baker, S Anderson, K Bell, D Smith, M Nixon, P Smith, J Charlton, D Tinlin. HFC Pizzas man-of-the-match: Robert Baker.