Angus pulls on keeper’s gloves to help Rothbury cause

ROTHBURY 4GOSFORTH BOH 2In a game often full of characters, they don’t come much bigger than Rothbury’s Jack Angus.


The powerful veteran hit-man made his football reputation scoring goals for the Reds – but he has been earning the plaudits lately after sticking on the gloves and keeping them out at the other end as an emergency goalkeeper.

The Coquetdalers were without a recognised stopper for the second weekend in a row in this Combination Cup clash and the expert targetman stepped up to put in another shift between the sticks.

“Goalkeeping is difficult if you’re not used to it, but if you play there all the time I think it’s straight forward,” said Angus.

“It was disappointing to concede like we did but I felt we were the best team all day –we just couldn’t link midfield to forwards in the first half and got hit on the break twice. I did tell the gaffers how good I thought I was, like,” he laughed after.

The last time these two clubs met at Armstrong Park, Michael Old calmly fired in the Red’s second as they took the three points.

That was just a month ago. This time around, Old shot the Bohemians ahead against his home town side to a stunned silence in the 13th minute after making a sudden switch to the Benson Park outfit.

The lead was doubled just six minutes later as the Reds were caught cold again and Alex Polunin again stretched Angus’s net.

Rothbury got back into the game with a great Gareth McCann header from Tony Brown’s whipped over centre in the 35th minute, and they were level in first half stoppage time when Sam Proudlock rose highest to powerfully head home another Brown cross following a corner.

When the Bohs keeper found a James Loughborough drive too hot to handle, McCann pounced to tuck away his second and put the Coquetdalers in control in the 56th minute.

Rothbury ensured themselves a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition in the 78th minute as Alex Makin put away a cheeky lob after a mix-up in the box when the ball just wouldn’t fall for Chrissy Coe.