Red House Farm 1 Morpeth SC Galaxy U12 5
GALAXY put in arguably their best performance of the season to claim a major scalp in league leaders Red House Farm and claim three points with a result unthinkable in comparison to Red House Farm’s own 6-2 demolition job at Swinney’s earlier this season.
Galaxy’s defence seemed barely troubled in the early exchanges as Takher and Farrier took to RHF’s defence.
Charlton had a few opportunities but they were mainly blocked by the home goalkeeper.
At the back, Nellis and Dunn were largely untroubled with the latter in particular showing calmness personified to clear the ball with control rather than the so-called hot potato method seen in previous matches and in training.
Morrison and Wilson were also largely untroubled at wing-back, though anything which did get past them seemed to result in a goal-kick.
The opening goal came after 22 minutes as persistence from Farrier left Glover with an open net into which the latter duly obliged.
Three minutes later, Farrier’s persistence paid off except the midfielder finished the job himself this time (0-2).
Right on half-time (0-3) a hand-ball appeal in the penalty area was successful – albeit not straight away – with Whittle stepping up to slot into the top-right corner.
Less than a minute into the second half, substitute Bickerton got his name on the score sheet as the ball was played through to himself and a team-mate.
The ball rolled into the net, with Wilson at left-back confirming the own goal.
Bickerton however appeared the recipient of the plaudits and so gets the goal for stats purposes.
The game then became a midfield battle as RHF desperately tried to get themselves onto the scoreboard.
The lads held out well until a RHF striker tried his luck from approx 20 yards to leave Hope stranded (1-4).
Two minutes from the end, Galaxy’s four-goal lead was restored as Bickerton finished from inside the area for 1-5. This one was definitely his.
Although this win only moves the team up one place, an emphatic win over the league leaders goes to show that the team really can pick up three points from every remaining league fixture this season.
As a final note, team manager Ben Winfield recently had a call from Newbiggin Hall.
Among various matters discussed, they consider the Galaxy to be the most improved team in the league from last season.