Showing a big improvement from recent outings, United sailed to a clear-cut victory in Saturday’s Border Amateur ‘B’ League match.
Looking the part throughout, the Tangerines broke the deadlock through a fine goal. Ryan Shepherd sparked matters off in finding Robbie Kelly with a pass. Kelly then fed Daniel Bolton, who weaved his way inside to fire home.
After a Dean Fry header had been cleared off the line and Aaron Swailes kept at bay by a save from the Rhymers keeper, United went further ahead. Kelly produced the scoring touch following good play by Bolton.
United added to their tally before half-time. Ryan Shepherd sprayed the ball into the path of Kevin Strathdee who produced a spot-on finish.
United were on top for the entire second half and scored a fourth. Kevin Strathdee was upended in the box. It was a penalty all the way and Strathdee netted from the spot.
Ace marksman Strathdee, who has scored more than 100 goals for United in four seasons, said of the match: “We were in Earlston’s faces right from the start and didn’t let them settle. Everybody in the United side played really well and it was a great team performance.”