Seasiders make it tough for Rothbury

Rothbury U10...2 Seahouses U10...1

Glendale League U10

ROTHBURY Under 10s earned their third Glendale League victory of the season the hard way, coming back from behind to squeeze a win over a dogged Seahouses team.

A Rothbury goal seemed to be inevitable at the beginning of this encounter, such was the possession they enjoyed but it was Seahouses who struck first.

The danger appeared to have been averted when a Seahouses forward shot wide after rounding Niall Murtagh, the Rothbury goalkeeper.

Yet the ball was returned back towards the Rothbury goal from the goal-kick. Alex Kidd partially cleared the ball but only to a Seahouses attacker who advanced on a diagonal run towards the Rothbury goal. Kidd, Ben Straughan and Murtagh reacted quickly to close down the threatening approach but somehow the Seahouses player slid the ball between the three defenders and into the opposite corner of the Rothbury net.

Rothbury looked to strike back when James Williams drove in a shot that the Seahouses keeper struggled to gather, Thorsten Robinson swivelled quickly in the box but his shot was slightly mishit and Seahouses shuffled the ball away from danger.

The pressure was mounting on Seahouses but they showed how dangerous they were on the break when another quicksilver attack ended in a well-struck shot against Rothbury’s post.

Hugh Dennis came on for Ziggy Austin-Walker and the second half started with Rothbury increasing the pressure.

Thorsten again shot straight at the keeper and then Hugh shot wide when players were expecting a cross. Gareth Rickaby threw his head to the heavens and his frustration was being felt by the whole Rothbury team.

Rothbury couldn’t score. Straughan almost manufactured a shooting opportunity after driving through three Seahouses tackles yet Rothbury’s opposition kept getting a foot in and repelled increasing waves of attacks.

It seemed the game was going to end in disappointment for Rothbury, especially the case when the Seahouses goalkeeper performed a brilliant double save. First he tipped a rasping James Williams screamer up onto the crossbar. Yet, as he lay on the ground after his heroics, the ball looped back from smacking against the crossbar to Robinson, whose shot had to hit the back of the net. But, the Seahouses keeper had leapt back to his feet to hold Robinson’s rebound return.

From an attacking corner Dennis was able to gather the incoming ball at his feet, step inside the challenging defender and then hammer the ball at goal. The Seahouses goalkeeper was ready for it but, such was the power of the shot, he could only deflect it into the right-hand corner of the goal. Rothbury had drawn level.

Surely Rothbury would go on to win but Seahouses continued to defend stubbornly. The Seahouses defensive wall was decisively breached when a Williams cross was turned into the goal by a Seahouses defender.

Rothbury man-of-the-match: Hugh Dennis.

Hugh was strong, powerful and his passing was excellent. Hugh is developing into an excellent player. Well done to all who played. Everybody made a great contribution to the win.