Tustain Motors Glendale League round-up
Saturday’s matches showed that sometimes it is better to have points on the board than having games in hand during a title run-in.
Rothbury, following a goalless draw against Wooler last Tuesday, went into their match against Lowick Leopards knowing that three wins in their last three games would secure the U12 Glendale League title.
Knowing what you need to do and then actually accomplishing it are very different things and Rothbury, despite securing an early second half lead, couldn’t hold onto their advantage.
They succumbed to a 2-1 defeat following a dramatic quick-fire double-goal salvo by Lowick Leopards.
Goals by Lowick’s Craig Bell and Christian Briggs all but guaranteed that the trophy will head to Tweedmouth.
The Amateurs had the luxury of not playing on Saturday, having already played all but one of their league fixtures.
Tweedmouth’s final game of the season is against Rothbury on Tuesday and they will secure the title by avoiding a very heavy defeat to their closest rivals.
Lowick’s victory moved the Leopards into fourth place in the U12s, just behind Longhorsley who enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Lowick Pumas.
Lowick Eagles narrowly flew to fifth place courtesy of a hard-earned 2-2 draw against Eyemouth.
Jammie Mark scored twice for the Seasiders, but the Eagles did enough to secure a score draw.
Wooler U12s secured a 3-1 victory over Seahouses thanks to goals from Nathan Crombie, Daniel Moulding and Daniel Thompson.
In the U14 Division Rothbury edged ever closer to regaining their U14 League title with a 0-0 draw against Lowick Falcons.
However, there was a surfeit of goals in the other games in this division.
First Lowick Rangers recorded a 6-1 victory over Alnmouth with Jamie Scott scoring Alnmouth’s consolation goal.
Then Seahouses and Wooler shared a dramatic 2-2 draw with Seahouses securing the result with a goal in the last seconds of the match.
The best game of the day had to be in the U10 Premiership Cup where Wooler lost narrowly to Alnwick Pythons in a glorious 4-6 defeat.
In a game in which both teams only had a forward gear, goals from Ethan Balmbra, Jack Davidson, Cameron Nichols and Matthew Conway (three) were just enough to give Alnwick all three points.
Elsewhere in the U10 section, Berwick moved to their 16th victory of the season by beating Rothbury Rovers 2-0 and now must be favourites to add the Premiership Cup title to the league title they have already won.
Elsewhere in the U10 Premiership Cup, Andrew Mace scored for Lowick Panthers yet his team were pegged back by Seahouses in a 1-1 draw.
Longhorsley U10s had a mixed day against two very different felines.
First they beat Lowick Tigers 5-0, yet goals from Lawson Bunting-Grey and James Gilhome saw Lowick Wildcats enjoy the upper hand in a 2-0 defeat of Longhorsley’s intrepid big-game hunters.
Rothbury Rangers U10s had been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks, yet that came to a sudden halt as they fell to a 3-1 defeat in a close encounter with Lowick Lions.
Two goals from Kitt Cawthorn and a further goal from Jackson Robertson was enough for a Lowick victory despite a consolation goal from Rothbury’s Sam Burdis.
A victory was also enjoyed by Shilbottle over Felton.
In a tight encounter, a solitary Shilbottle goal secured the win for the Colliers.