Match Preview: RFC v Forest Hall - Rothbury Football Club
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Rothbury boss Danny Olson says his side will go into their final Combination Group game full of confidence as they look to book a semi-final spot.

Although the Reds were beaten 4-1 at Bedlington last Saturday, with Paul Dunn netting his first goal for the Hillmen, a 2-1 success at Felling Magpies in mid-week put Rothbury back on top of the table.

Despite trailing to an early effort, quick-fire goals from Chris Coe and Tom Macpherson in a three minute spell around the hour mark gave Rothbury three vital points.

They now lead Bedlington by a point with all four clubs in Group 1 having played 5 games. Olson’s charges have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 while Bedlington have won two and drawn three.

“So we go into what could be our final game against a rejuvenated Forest Hall and our fate is in our hands – win, we play Prudhoe in the semi final – lose or draw and we have to wait for the outcome of Bedlington FC final game on Wednesday,” said the boss. Although that could prove a long and stressful wait should things not go the Reds way at Forest Hall, Olson is confident in his player’s ability to get the job done.

“I have to say the players have shown a great maturity and commitment throughout this mini tournament and I hope their efforts are rewarded tomorrow,” he said. 

“We have as near a full strength squad although most are carrying little knocks, but we go into the game full of confidence and we look forward to the challenge.”

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