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Rothbury Rovers U10 5 Lowick Tigers U10 0

Glendale League U10

Jacob Robert’s first Glendale League goal was the highlight of Rovers’ victory over Lowick Tigers on Saturday.

Rothbury entered this game fielding a somewhat experimental line-up, but their excellent early-season form did not desert the Coquetdale side as they recorded their sixth consecutive victory.

Despite struggling to control the ball, Rothbury were still manufacturing shooting opportunities.

Thorsten Robinson was the architect of Rothbury’s first goal as, playing in an unfamiliar centre-back role, Lowick pressure forced him to play the ball long from deep in his own half. The bounce of the ball deceived the Tigers defence and David O’Dowd latched onto the clearance to drive the ball towards goal. Lowick stopped this effort but Jacob Roberts seized on the clearance before moving into the area to slide the ball into the right corner.

Rothbury moved further ahead in the second half thanks to the promptings of Jacob – Rothbury’s newest goal-scorer. Picking the ball up on the half-way line he picked Fraser Rutherford out with a lovely pass. Fraser instantly sped towards goal and coolly converted an angled finish, before moments later notching his second.

Rothbury scored their next goal from a counter-attack. Picking the ball in another deep defensive position, Thorsten Robinson resisted the temptation to lump the ball forward and instead sold the on-rushing attacker an outrageous dummy. Moving into space he beat a second Lowick player and then a third and following further twists and turns through the Lowick defence, he finished a great solo run by cheekily lifting the ball over the Lowick keeper to score.

Thorsten now had the taste of scoring and, moments later, attempted an identical solo effort. Once again he found himself one-on-one with the Lowick keeper, only this time he chose to finish by rounding the keeper. As Thorsten moved to the left of the keeper, Fraser popped into slot the ball home for his hat-trick.

Lowick would have had a consolation goal for their efforts were it not for an excellent covering tackle by Charlie Hall-Scope.