North Northumberland Football League, Division One
Lowick United started life in Division One with a win over Bamburgh Castle with Andy Metcalfe, Myles Wilson and Marco Lambert all on the scoresheet and Will Farmer scoring the Bamburgh consolation.
Alnmouth United continued their good start with victory at Red Row Welfare thanks to an own-goal plus a Liam Jefferson effort.
North Sunderland 2
Due to player unavailability and injury, North Sunderland took to the field with a very young side and were heavily beaten.
Rothbury romped to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes but despite numerous chances they failed to increase their lead by half-time.
After some harsh words at half-time, North Sunderland grabbed a quick goal straight after the break through a Ryan Thompson strike.
Rothbury hit straight back making it 4-1 before the game settled into a relatively even contest, with North Sunderland enjoying their best spell.
Skipper Ross Stanton struck with a good goal for 4-2 as North Sunderland pressed, but Rothbury took advantage of the tiring young side to slot in a further three goals for 7-2.
Praise must be given for a truly outstanding quadruple save from North Sunderland keeper Matty Dawson.
Lessons to learn for the young side but the second half at least showed glimpses of promise.
North Sunderland man-of-the-match: Matty Dawson, who saved a penalty in the first half.
Amble St Cuthbert picked up their second win with Reece Ramsay netting four, Liam Ramsay, from a free-kick, and Tim Hamilton on the scoresheet in a win over Tweedmouth Harrow, whose single reply came from Jordan Richardson.
Belford have also started well on their return and came away from Craster Rovers with all three points as Kevin France, Neil Jefferson and Josh Briggs were all on target, with Shaun Toal scoring for Craster.
Embleton WR and Alnmouth shared the points with goals from Spencer Eardley and Matty Robson respectively.
At Lynemouth, the points were also shared as Lenny Lansbury (two) and Ross Crate netted for the home team with Cameron Wilson (two) and Kyle Jeffereys netting for Wooler Reserves.
The game was marred by a accidental but serious injury to a Lynemouth player.