River Coquet...1 Ellington...2
RIVER tried to make amends for a very poor month, which included a disappointing derby defeat to Dock.
They started brightly, putting some early pressure on the Ellington defence.
The team was riddled with injuries, so it gave a chance for young debutante Lee Brown to stake a place.
He didn’t disappoint, having a fine game in the middle of the park as he took to adult football from the junior game like a duck to water.
Early pressure slowly levelled out to a bit more of an even game with Robert Gibson releasing a lethal shot which forced a good save from the Ella keeper.
A mistake in the River defence five minutes before half-time led to the attacker having too much time on the ball after it was whipped in from the right-flank as Brotherton put the ball to the right of Alex Scott and into the net (0-1).
River copied the first half start by starting the second brightly, with the strike force of Gibson and Fairbridge combining well.
Dan Fairbridge added to his recent goal-scoring form as he chipped the ball over the advancing keeper before putting it into an empty net for another impressive goal for the youngster (1-1).
Parity was short-lived as Ellington went straight up the other end and re-established their one-goal advantage (1-2).
River then had a claim for a goal turned down after the ball appeared to cross the line from a goalmouth scramble only for the referee to turn the protests away.
Andrew Taylor, the impressive captain, weaved some magic with a mazy run through the defence before pulling his shot inches wide.
The two young players in team, Dobey and Brown, combined down the left before Brown hit the post.
Ellington then had a goal disallowed for offside as the referee blew for full-time.
River: Scott, Pringle, Stewart, Burton, Thompson, Dobey, Brown, Kielty, Taylor (C), Fairbridge, Gibson R. Subs: Gibson L (Kielty). Man-of-the-match: Ryan Pringle. Match sponsor: McNally Financial Services. Ball sponsor: Robinson Murphy Personal Injury Solicitors. Man-of-the-match sponsor: The Schooner, Amble.
River Coquet thanked everyone at The Schooner for their hospitality as the club raised £427, with money still coming in, after the match for local charity Brandon’s Wish.