The Yellows travelled to unbeaten Premiership side Whickham in the League Cup and put on a gallant display that give the favourites a real scare before losing 2-1 despite matching the hosts throughout the game.
Last seasons top goalscorer Astin was ruled out due to illness on the morning of the game so a new formation was introduced of 4-2-3-1 to look to stay in the game and where possible take any chances that came along by catching the opponents on the break. The system and some new positioning was working well and the first 15 minutes seen the Yellows compete and there was nothing between the two teams. Nathan at centre back was outstanding and won every ball with Josh alongside him settling in well as a new pairing. Harry and Lucas were competitive as the deeper midfielders and were making it difficult for the home side with their energy. Owen, working as a lone striker beavered away and on a couple of occasions both him and James tested the home defence and goalkeeper, however mainly from distance which didn't trouble them enough. Zack made a couple of decent saves as the half drew to a close but had no chance with the opening goal. Josh, accidentally handled the ball on the edge of the box and was shown a yellow card, which seemed harsh to all coaches and parents. The spot kick was hammered home and the Premiership team went in 1-0 but not really deserving it. The second half continued to be a tight affair with the ball spending a lot of time in the middle of the pitch with both sides getting on top. The home side did have the clearer chances but when they did bear down on goal, Zack was on hand to pull off some fabulous saves to keep it close. From one save the resulting corner ended up with the hosts stretching their lead. A soft goal to concede, as the corner was poor, but the defence failed to clear it and at the back post it was put into the net. However, the Yellows responded straight from kick off when Harry played a lovely ball over the defence for James (pictured) to nip in front of the onrushing goalkeeper to clip home. The last ten minutes seen Tynemouth dominate, without creating a clear opportunity for Owen, however Cole did strike the post but the rebound bounced to safety for the hosts. There was not enough time to get an equalizer, but the boys can be very proud of their performance against a good, well established higher level team. The aim of this team is to reach the Premiership and on today's evidence we are sure they could compete if the opportunity arises and the league form continues as it has so far. Some top performances from Harry, Lucas, Nathan and Josh but it was Zack who deservedly got man of the match for at least half a dozen vital saves.