Coquet kids miss out, despite their Spanish steps

Rothbury...0 Eyemouth...3

Glendale League U10

A BATTLING performance from Eyemouth saw them overcome a strong Rothbury performance to win by three clear goals in the U10 Glendale League on Saturday.

Rothbury started in confident fashion with James Williams driving his Rothbury team forward from midfield. An early shot from the midfield general drew an excellent save from the Eyemouth goalkeeper.

James soon had another opportunity to open the scoring after a good run and cross from Gareth Rickaby but, once again, the Eyemouth keeper was equal to the challenge.

Such was the amount of possession enjoyed by Rothbury in the opening phase of this match that a spectator would have thought the team were from Spain as opposed to the Coquet valley, yet Rothbury could not put the ball in the net.

Rothbury were pouring forward looking for the first goal. Yet when the first goal arrived it was Eyemouth who broke the deadlock. After the Rothbury midfield dwelt on the ball for too long, Eyemouth broke on a quick counter-attack. A smart pass evaded Alex Kidd, Rothbury’s lone defender, and the ball was smashed past Cameron Austin-Walker in the Rothbury goal.

The second half started as the first finished with Rothbury having plenty of shots but being unable to deliver a knock-out blow.

Alex Kidd was performing very well as a last defender yet, at times, he seemed the only defender and the second Eyemouth goal was scored against an under-manned Rothbury defence.

Eyemouth moved the ball to the left-hand touch line and the resulting cross whizzed across the Rothbury goalmouth.

Alex Kidd tried to cut out the first cross and then was forced to attempt to cut the second.

Eventually Eyemouth shot at goal and the cross-shot was unfortunately squeezed into the goal between the near post and Cameron Austin-Walker’s body.

It was the first time that Eyemouth had a two-goal lead this season, yet they didn’t hang around admiring their hard work as a two-goal lead quickly became a three goal lead.

Again the goal came from a swift counter attack. The ball was played quickly forward and the three Eyemouth attackers worked the ball well to leave the Eyemouth centre forward one-on-one with the Rothbury goalkeeper. The resulting shot was slammed emphatically into the net.

Rothbury were now three goals down yet there was more than 10 minutes to play and, for a short time, it seemed that a come-back could be on the cards.

Rothbury now played their best football of the match. Finally they moved the ball at pace and Eyemouth struggled to contain the Rothbury attacks and Ziggy Austin-Walker was tackling well in the middle of the pitch. One Rothbury move saw 10 passes strung together across the heavy pitch but Thorsten Robinson shot just over the bar.

Rothbury were determined to finish with at least one goal to their name and the last five minutes saw all their players camped in the Eyemouth area. Rothbury man-of-the-match: Gareth Rickaby.