The Yellows entertained Newcastle EE Blues and deservedly came away with a point after a game full of incidents as both teams were fully committed to try and win the game
The first 20 minutes seen the boys looking to be the more likely team that were going to break the deadlock, as they continuously pressed the away side goal but without creating a lot of clear cut chances. The best chance came when James brilliantly skipped past two challenges to bear down on goal, he unselfishly played it back to Josh, who then seen his effort blocked on the line. A couple of other half chances went begging too and Zack, in the home goal, was alert off his line to ensure the home team kept a clean sheet up to half time. The last 10 minutes of the half seen a few incidents where the referee had to get involved as the temperature began to rise in this top of the table clash. The second half got off to the worst possible start for Tynemouth when the oppositions most influential player got away on the left to hammer a shot into the far corner to put the visitors one up. Despite some physical play the boys stood up well to the nature the game was turning in too and slowly began to get back on top. This was after Zack made a wonderful double save to keep the score at 0-1, also after another good save too as the away side started the second half well. The midfield were struggling to get on top and the home side had resorted to a few long balls as the visitors had disrupted the boys' rhythm as they went in search of an equalizer. Owen had an effort from distance which sailed over the top and it was beginning to become one of them days when a goal didn't look like coming. The away side had a player sent off when the referee took the decision to book him for foul play and then send off for another incident, this then seen the Yellows dominate and the pressure paid off when Lewis scored direct form a corner. The corner was curled in from the left with his right foot and ended up in the near post, much to the delight of the players. They were now hungry for the winner and nearly got it when James connected with his head to a cross but the keeper managed to get in the way. The whistle blew to end the game with a draw which keeps the unbeaten start to the season to 5 games. Some mixed performances from the boys today in what was a very physical game and some learnings too for the coaches to ponder over as the Yellows travel to Premier league opposition in the cup next weekend. Harry, once again put in a full blooded display as he attacked every ball but it was Zack (pictured) who earned the man of the match award for some wonderful saves at key times.