River Coquet...1 Alnmouth Argyle...2
FOR the second week running, River went into a game they really should be winning but embarrassingly left with nothing again.
The game got started in a way that was expected, with River piling forward but to no avail as a combination of good goalkeeping and the shooting boots being left at home seemed to make the frustration worse.
Mick Stewart got an early yellow card with a foul on the edge of the box, which was followed by a shocking challenge on 16-year-old debutante Liam Dodie, who was taken to hospital with a couple of holes and a big scratch resulting from the studs of the opposite player to his knee and shin.
Mick Stewart then pulled off an inch-perfect challenge against the opposite attacker only for the referee to pull it back and award a penalty against River and issue a second yellow to Stewart in very dubious circumstances. Alnmouth gladly converted it to take themselves into half-time one goal to the good.
The second half started as the first had with River taking control of the game only for their finishing to let them down badly. The referee was certainly starting to enjoy getting the centre of attention with his decisions.
With 15 minutes to go, Argyle managed to hammer another nail in the River coffin with a headed effort nestling in the back of Scott’s goal to put them 2-0 up.
River poured forward again, with young starlet Dan Fairbridge grabbing a late consolation goal but it was too little, too late as Argyle claimed their first three points of the season. A report has since been lodged at the request of the league about the decisions within this game.
River Coquet: Scott, Kielty, Pringle, Lowrey (Hedley), Stewart (s/o), Arries (C), Taylor, Fairbridge (one), Dobie (Spears), Burton (Thompson), Gibson R. Subs: Spears, Thompson, Dodgson, Gibson L, Hedley.
Match sponsor: Robinson Murphy Personal Injury Solicitors. Ball sponsor: McNally Financial.
Man-of-the-match, sponsored by JT Garage (01670 761711): Robert Gibson.
River Coquet thanked The Schooner for their hospitality again.