The legacy of our sporting summer lives on in league

Glendale League round-up

Saturday marked the return of the Glendale League with a glorious morning of sunshine and blue sky. It seemed as if even the weather was glad to see the return of football at Glendale Middle School, Wooler.

The impressive weather added to equally impressive football as 39 teams, ranging from U8s to U14s, kicked off the 2012/13 Tustain Motors Glendale League.

Wooler U10s definitely enjoyed the conditions as they raced to a 6-1 victory over league newcomers, Shilbottle.

Felton U10s were also making their debut appearance in the competition and they lost 4-0 to the menacing felines of Lowick Panthers.

The Lowick Lions were also on the prowl yet they were edged out 2-1 in a close encounter with Berwick Juniors.

Lowick Tigers were tamed by a 5-0 defeat to Longhorsley U10s.

Alnwick have two teams in this age group and the Vipers enjoyed the better fortune as they beat Seahouses 4-0. However, the Alnwick Pythons had their venom drawn in a 5-1 reverse against the alliteratively named Rothbury Rovers.

The Glendale U12 section started with yet more natural predators. Lowick Leopards hungrily beat Seahouses 6-1 yet the Lowick Eagles and Pumas had less successful hunting forays. The Eagles fell to a 4-0 defeat against Rothbury U12s and the Pumas also tasted defeat.

Lowick Pumas lost 5-0 to Tweedmouth Amateurs – is there a better named youth football team in England? No doubt the Tweedmouth manager praised his players for their ‘professional’ debut performance.

Another boss who was pleased with his team’s opening day was the Longhorsley U12 coach as his team beat Eyemouth 4-0.

Rothbury enjoyed the largest victory in the opening day U14 fixtures as they beat Berwick Juniors 7-2.

Wooler were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Lowick Falcons and Alnmouth and Lowick Rangers battled out the only draw of match day one in a thrilling 3-3 encounter.

Yet, no matter a team’s result, there was no doubting the enthusiasm and commitment of all the teams competing.

In the weekend that saw our fantastic summer of sport sadly draw to a end with the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, we can be rest assured that the Glendale League has all the ingredients to make an equally brilliant winter of sport.