River curse the woodwork

Blackthorn Rovers...5 River Coquet...2

Morpeth Sunday League, Division Two

BLACKTHORN poured more misery on River after the management upheaval at River HQ, but some positives were taken from this fixture.

River started the better of the two sides with Roper and Ramsay causing the Rovers defence trouble but finding no way past the Blackthorn keeper.

The first talking point came as Roper was brought down inside the box, only for the referee to wave away all protests by the River players. A lovely corner was then swung in from Anderson and was headed inches wide of the post.

Against the run of play, Blackthorn scored a well-taken goal as striker Collins went through one-on-one with keeper Straker (1-0).

Ramsay showed his skills as he outwitted the defence with a lovely bit of showboating inside the box followed up with a shot that the keeper dived well to his left to save. Soon after, Blackthorn added a second after a low cross from the left was drilled into the net (2-0).

Roper forced the keeper into another good save with a shot from just inside the box before Stewart picked up a loose ball wide on the left to put in a sweet cross which beat the keeper (2-1).

This was the very least that River deserved after the number of shots they had on goal. Roper then beat the offside trap and with the keeper rushing out, chipped his shot over keeper only for the ball to hit the crossbar.

Half-time arrived with River trailing 2-1. Substitute Robert Gibson replaced Aaron Thompson.

River started the second half more impressively than the first, with Roper hitting the post for the second time in the game.

River brought the scores level with a header by Ramsay from a Roper corner, as Summers played a big part in harrassing the defenders at the far-post (2-2).

Blackthorn regained the lead with a lob over Straker after River hit the woodwork for a third time.

A mistake in the defence led to Blackthorn grabbing a fourth. They hammered the nail into River’s coffin with a fifth late on (5-2).

River: Straker, Robson, Thompson (Gibson), Summers, Burton, Stewart, G Taylor, A Taylor (capt), Anderson, Roper, Ramsay. Subs unused: Hall, Parker. River man-of-the-match: Gary Taylor.

River host North End Trap next Sunday at The Welfare, kick-off 10.30am.