Village Inn Longframlington...2
(Sunday, August 28)
RIVER Coquet kicked off the first game of the season on a blustery morning away to Longframlington.
Both teams started very competitively with Longframlington settling the better, passing the ball quickly through the midfield.
River captain Andrew Taylor started to influence the game by gaining control of the midfield.
The ball fell loose in front of River’s defence and powerhouse midfielder Robson came flying in with a tackle, missing the ball and taking the player, giving Longframlington a free-kick in a dangerous place, on the edge of the River 18-yard box.
Man-mountain Straker organised a four-man wall, but that was all in vain as a Longframlington player bent the ball around it, to nestle in the bottom corner of the net.
Right-midfielder Lee Brown came off with an injury to be replaced by Dan Fairbridge, who settled immediately into the game, scoring River’s first goal within five minutes. Both teams were going at each other, each determined for the three points.
A few words from the management at half-time must have done the trick, with River putting pressure on Longframlington from the kick-off by going close on several occasions but unable to finish.
Gary Taylor received the ball from midfield, taking it down the left-flank and crossed to Lance Burton, who put a tremendous head on it but was scuppered by the Longframlington keeper with a brilliant save.
Gary Taylor received the ball again, firing a low cross to Burton, who created space for Fairbridge to slot River’s second goal.
Straight from kick-off, Longframlington zipped the ball through midfield, catching River on the hop and equalized, resulting in a 2-2 draw, which, in the end, was a fair result.
River: Straker, Speirs, Dewson, Dobey, Stewart, A. Taylor(Capt), Robson, G Taylor, Brown, Keen, Burton. Amble Bengal Spice Tandoori man-of-the-match: Lance Burton.