Glendale League round-up
The Glendale League has started a new season, and the opening day on Saturday certainly did not disappoint.
The Glendale League opened its doors to 42 teams playing across four different age groups at a central venue and the atmosphere was electric.
On the wonderful stage of Glendale Middle School, Wooler, the drama was unrelenting as a festival of football was played out before its fortunate audience.
Goals were certainly a well-used currency in the U10 age group as Rothbury Rovers and Alnwick Pythons, last year’s third and fourth ranked teams, put five and six goals past their opponents.
Charlie Hall-Scope notched a hat-trick for the Rovers against Felton Foxes and the Pythons scored six against Shilbottle.
Yet Felton Falcons indicated their ability when making their first start in this age group – they won by the same 6-1 margin against Rothbury Rangers.
Elliot Fox scored for the Rothbury side, but goals by Matthew Dyson, Olly Gibson, Ben Riley and Emrie Yaser secured the Falcons’ first win of the season.
However, the Falcons were not the only bird of prey feasting on a glut of goals as U10 side Lowick Kestrels were also on the hunt.
The Kestrels beat Lowick Harriers 7-2 with Jackson Robertson scoring twice and the splendidly named Lambert Larsson recording a hat-trick.
The Harriers were playing their first game in this division as were Alnwick Adders and the Adders battled valiantly in a 0-5 reverse to Seahouses U10s.
Moving from the U10 division to the U12s can be a difficult gap to breach. Teams move from seven-a-side to eight-a-side and play on a larger pitch with bigger goals.
Last year’s U10 League and Cup champions Berwick found their opening day in the U12s to be tough as they fell to a 0-5 reverse against Lowick Colts.
Five goals was also the margin of victory enjoyed by the reigning U12 champions Tweedmouth Amateurs in beating Alnwick Town. Brian Tait was the chief goalscorer for Tweedmouth with an expertly taken hat-trick.
Elsewhere in the U12s Wooler beat Seahouses 6-1 and Rothbury drew 1-1 with Longhorsley.
David O’Dowd’s goal for Rothbury was answered by an equalising goal from Longhorsley’s Drew Coates.
Rothbury found their start difficult in the U14 division.
Playing Lowick Falcons they found Falcons striker Niall Jones too hot to handle as he scored an excellent hat-trick against the Coquet Valley team.
The Falcons 5-0 victory also saw goals from Jessie Holloway and Buster Briggs.
A hat-trick was also scored by Josh Douglas in Seahouses 5-0 victory over Lowick Eagles. Charlie Caden scored the Eagles other two goals.
The final game of the day was an altogether tighter affair with Berwick just edging Wooler 1-0, Jack Barrett scoring the goal.