Longhoughton finished with elevenses

Longhoughton...11 Bedlington...2

NMSL U9

LONGHOUGHTON enjoyed a fine victory against a plucky Bedlington team who kept battling throughout this match played in the murky half-light of a wet November morning.

Sam Dover was the first Longhoughton player to get his name on the score sheet, latching onto a driven Zac Stephenson corner and sweeping the ball into the net. (1-0).

The Bedlington goalkeeper that was by far the busiest, and soon after pulled off an exhilarating triple save from first Zac, then Thorsten Robinson and then Alex Threlfall.

However, Longhoughton entered the interval break the happier after Zac Stephenson rounded off good work down the Longhoughton left by tucking the ball past the Bedlington keeper for Longhoughton’s second goal of the game. (2-0).

The second quarter began and Longhoughton defence momentarily standing off a dangerous Bedlington corner and this hesitation allowed the ball to be smashed triumphantly home past Niall Murtagh. (2-1).

Longhoughton regained their two goal advantage when Joseph Cormack clinically tucked away a rebound from a Sam Dover shot. (3-1).

Bedlington, while defending for most of the quarter, did not allow their lack of possession to dampen their spirits and their best player of the match, called William, scored the game’s stand out goal with a rasping drive from 15 yards that left the Longhoughton goalkeeper no chance of saving it. (3-2).

This goal seemed to rouse Longhoughton and they started to rack up the goals.

Sam Dover scored his second after converting a near post run, (4-2), and Joseph Cormack scored his second by back-heeling a Roan Brayson shot on the Bedlington goal line. (5-2).

If Roan was aggrieved by this blatant act of goal poaching he quickly got his name on the score sheet with an excellent finish. (6-2).

The third quarter saw Longhoughton continue to threaten the Bedlington goal.

Joseph notched up his hat-trick by calmly steering home a rebound, (7-2), and Roan notched a brace of goals soon after. (8-2).

Everyone on the Longhoughton team was looking to score and Jack Brooks was becoming an increasingly adventurous defender.

One dribbling run led to a good cross and Thorsten Robinson drove the ball decisively into the net. (9-2). Jack almost added to his assist with an excellent goal but his hammered drive from just outside the box went agonisingly wide. His spirit of adventure was epitomised by an acrobatic overhead kick in the Bedlington penalty area.

The fourth quarter saw Niall Murtagh venture out as a central defender yet all the play was in the Bedlington half.

Scott Button narrowly failed to get on the end of a penetrative through-ball and Roan Brayson, a player who glides so elegantly across the pitch when in possession, hit a thumping drive just over the bar.

The match finished with a further two Longhoughton goals.

First Thorsten Robinson’s cross was tucked home for a Sam Dover hat-trick. (10-2).

Joe Archbold produced an excellent finish after a strong run from his own half. (11-2).

Longhoughton had won handsomely but Bedlington had showed plenty of spirit and resolve that will, no doubt, give them plenty of reward in games yet to come.