Rangers get taste for cup action

Tustain Motors Glendale League round-up

If the most important thing to look for in sport is improvement then something must be going very right for Rothbury Rangers in the Tustain Glendale League.

Having struggled during the league programme, they have really hit their stride in the U10 Championship Cup competition.

Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Lowick Tigers (the Tigers goal scored by Peggy Mein) was their fourth consecutive victory and a hat-trick from Sam Burdis with further goals from Adam Barnes and James Axtell has moved them very close to an appearance in the Championship Cup final.

Lowick Lions will similarly fancy their chances of making the final and recorded their second victory in this competition with a 3-0 victory over Shilbottle.

The Lions roared to victory through goals from Kitt Cawthorn, Gordon Smith and Lewis Foxton. Yet they will face stiff competition from Longhorsley who beat Felton 3-0.

The U10 Premiership Cup looks to be equally close with three sides securing victories at the weekend.

Berwick Juniors, the U10 League winners, extended their winning streak to 15 with a 4-1 victory over Alnwick Pythons.

Alnwick Vipers, who have only lost to Berwick so far this season, staked their claim on the cup with an excellent 6-1 victory over Wooler.

The third side to win were Rothbury Rovers.

A brace from Gareth Rickaby and a goal from Hugh Dennis secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over Seahouses, who got on the scoresheet through Eliot Filer and William Patterson.

In the U12 league, fixture congestion could be critical in the race for the title.

Tweedmouth have now played three games more than Rothbury, their closest rivals, and they have converted all of these games to victories.

The latest win came courtesy of a two-goal salvo from Brian Tait. Yet if Rothbury win their games in hand, then they will top the table. Their title chase begins in earnest on Tuesday night against Wooler.

Elsewhere in the league, Lowick Eagles beat Seahouses 5-0, Ryan Moore and Ryan Kerr scored two each and Dylan Newton scoring as well.

The U14 competition is slightly more complicated than the other leagues so we’ve saved this until last.

Teams are playing in either a Premiership Cup or a Championship Cup, depending on league position, similar to the U10s, but the difference for the U14s is that the wins also go towards the final league position of the teams.

Therefore, Lowick Falcons’ 1-1 draw with Lowick Rangers in the Premiership Cup and Seahouses’ victory over Berwick 2-1 in the U14 Championship Cup, with goals from Owen Robson and Cameron Thorpe, could be critical to two competitions.