Rothbury come close to Cambo glory

CAMBO Junior 5-a-side tournament

Rothbury came very close to Cambo glory on Saturday afternoon, only narrowly failing at the last hurdle to reach the final of the Cambo 5-a-side tournament.

The tournament consisted of five teams, Longhorsley, Cambo A, Cambo B, Stannington and Rothbury.

Rothbury kicked off the tournament with a very closely contested 0-0 draw with Longhorsley.

Longhorsley had the better of the possession and were unlucky not to win this opening encounter.

However, they first had to beat Cameron Austin-Walker and this task they found impossible.

Cameron was in top form in the Rothbury goal and one save he pulled off – pushing the ball over the bar from a point-blank shot, left spectators on the touch line shaking their heads in disbelief in bemusement at how he managed to accomplish it. It was a real “Jim Montgomery” moment.

Rothbury’s next game was against Stannington and again Cameron was in very good form in the Rothbury goal.

Yet this time Cameron’s goalkeeping was matched with the shooting boots of Adam Crane who converted two close range opportunities to make Rothbury 2-0 victors.

To misquote the poem: “There’s some corner of a Cambo field that is forever Adam Crane”, because these two goals meant that Adam has now scored seven goals on the famous sloping Cambo First School football pitch this season.

The games were coming thick and fast and Rothbury’s next opponents were the Cambo B team. Cambo B gave a spirited performance and came close to scoring on several occasions yet Cameron kept another clean sheet.

This clean sheet was also due to the diligent defending of Ziggy Austin-Walker who much to help his brother not to concede any goals.

Not conceding goals makes winning games a lot easier and at the other end Ben Caisley popped up to be the “fox in the box” the winner for Rothbury. This was Ben’s first ever goal for Rothbury Football Club.

Rothbury entered the last game of the five team round-robin tournament needing only a draw against Cambo A to reach the final.

At half-time, this was looking very likely as Rothbury lead due to a fierce free-kick by Daniel Ewen which the Cambo keeper failed to hold.

Yet with a raucous home crowd and the advantage of the Cambo slope, Cambo A first clawed one goal back, the first Rothbury had conceded all tournament, and then in the final minute of the match Cambo scored the winning goal.

So Rothbury had to settle for third place and well deserved bronze medals.

Well done to Longhorsley who defeated Cambo A to secure the tournament trophy.

Much credit also goes to Cameron Austin-Walker who was awarded Player-of-the-Tournament for his excellent goal keeping.

Many thanks go to Cambo First School for their hospitality, which included a temporary all-seater stadium for the event, and Donald Aynsley for organising a great football tournament.