Won by magic moment

Rothbury Rvrs U10 1 Berwick Jnrs U10 2

Tustain Motors Glendale League, U10 League

A superb overhead kick was the difference between two evenly-matched sides in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Berwick started the brighter of the two sides and quickly had Rothbury on the back foot. Good work from the Berwick flanks saw them force a succession of corners.

The third of these set-pieces saw a Berwick forward allow the ball to go over his left shoulder before swivelling in mid-air to volley home an overhead kick.

It is to Rothbury’s credit that they were able to stir themselves from such a blow and looked to get back into the match.

But buoyed on by their opening goal, Berwick continued to press and were soon enjoying an extended lead.

Harrying the Rothbury defence, Berwick won the ball wide on the Rothbury right and the resultant cross left Berwick’s striker an easy finish past the stranded Rothbury keeper.

Two-nil to the good Berwick started the second half in confident fashion but were pushed back by a reinvigorated Rothbury.

From a Rothbury free-kick, the Coquetdale side found a way back into the match. Hugh Dennis delivered the ball into the wide-right channel of the Berwick half.

Fraser Rutherford, showing excellent movement, latched onto the pass, turned, slipped his marker and then rolled a delicious ball across the Berwick area.

The ball was met by Thorsten Robinson, who, following a great off-the-ball run in from the left flank, was able to slip the ball under the diving keeper.

Suddenly the game had turned. Rothbury sensed a way back into a match they thought had been beyond them and they redoubled their efforts on the Berwick goal.

Gareth Rickaby struck a shot just wide, a Hugh Dennis header from a corner was charged down.

Time was now Rothbury’s opponent as well as Berwick and, as the clock ticked down, Hugh abandoned his defensive post to drive at goal.

Winning a tackle deep in the Berwick half, he slipped the ball to Gareth, who checked in from the right and let fly.

The ball was struck just a few millimetres over the cross-bar showing the small difference between two well-matched teams.