NORTHUMBERLAND U14 GIRLS’ LEAGUE – Hexham...1 Longhoughton Rangers...5
LONGHOUGHTON Rangers put in another strong performance to take all three points away to Hexham as both teams put on a thrilling display of football.
Hexham pressured the visitors from the start and with the Rangers team seemingly slow to react, the home side were unlucky not to take the lead in the first two minutes, but interventions from Wood and Lewington kept the Hexham attack at bay.
Rangers did threaten, Lewney spurning an early chance before Keech collected from Morrison and chipped in a beautiful cross/shot from 20 yards out, the ball looping over the Hexham goalkeeper to give Rangers the early lead and settle some nerves.
Hexham continued to dominate the opening phases of the game, the home side closing down the ball quickly and effectively putting the Rangers midfield under pressure and forcing mistakes, though Hexham chances remained limited in the final third.
Rangers continued to hit Hexham on the counter.
Lewney went close on the 20-minute mark and again four minutes later, after being fed by Parry, but the forward’s strike went agonisingly wide of the far-post.
A minute later and Morrison would have added to the visitors’ lead but for a fantastic double save from the Hexham goalkeeper denying the Rangers captain.
Rangers did get their second moments before the break from a short corner between Finney and Morrison, before Finney hooked the ball into the six-yard area for Parry.
The left-back snapped a first-time strike, which fell kindly to Lewney on the far-post, leaving the forward to squeeze the ball through a congested goalmouth from two yards out.
Rangers started the second half brightly, again Keech and Morrison combining well on the left, Keech crossing the ball for Lewney, who was inches away from giving the visitors a third.
Two minutes later and Lewney made sure she didn’t squander her second chance, tapping in at the far post.
Hexham pulled a goal back in the 40th minute when Hexham’s centre-forward cut inside to slot the ball beyond the Rangers goalkeeper.
Rangers added a fourth 10 minutes later, with Morrison and Finney combining well.
The latter released Morrison with a delightful through-ball that cut out the Hexham defence, leaving the Rangers captain clear on goal to smash a powerful shot into the bottom left corner.
Rangers fifth and final goal came via the move of the match.
Finney chased down a loose ball wide right. Some lovely inter-play between Finney and Davison led to the ball being slipped through for Hutton.
The Rangers midfielder cut the ball back from the right across the face of goal to find Morrison unmarked on the far-post and the captain sealed her brace with a side-foot into the back of the Hexham goal.
Hexham played exceptionally well in a fantastic game of football and perhaps didn’t deserve the scoreline, but overall Rangers were good for the three points and after a disappointingly slow start will be more than happy with another away win.
Next up is Cramlington Town at home on Saturday.
Player-of-the-match: Morrison. Longhoughton Rangers FC: H Burn, S Conning (E Parry 21), C Wood, B Lewington (S Lazenby 49), R Keech, C Hutton (H Parker 30), J Morrison, E Smart (H Finney 21), K Lewney (E Davison 40).