Yellows Cruise Into Last 16 Of County Cup
By Keith Inkster
The Yellows faced local opposition in the 2nd round of the Northumberland FA County Cup when Wallsend Boys Club Greens visited Norham. On current form and league positions it was expected that the boys would progress and they did with the minimum of fuss
At kick off the visitors, sadly, were only able to play with 10 players, but the boys from Wallsend stuck to their task throughout the game and played very well in patches and even though this was a comfortable win the Yellows still had to be focused. The parents didn't have to wait long for the opening goal, as from kick off the Yellows went at the visitors and early pressure paid off when after some neat play from James, who started in a free role, the ball entered the penalty area to see Daniel's strike be saved by the goalkeeper only for Astin to be close on hand to rifle the ball into the open net. Not to be outdone by his strike partner Owen was next on the act with a wonderful individual goal. After some decent build up play it was Harry (pictured) who played the ball to Owen on the edge of the box, the striker still had plenty to do and after beating three players with some neat footwork he powered his shot past the despairing dive of the keeper from the edge of the box to give the home side some daylight. The next two goals came when the front pair combined on both occasions to score and set up for each other which is a really good sign that the duo are linking up and combining well. The third goal had a little bit of fortune about it when the ball seemed to be bouncing around in the box before Owen teed it up for Astin to somehow bundle the ball just over the line with his knee before the keeper pounced on it. Astin then returned the compliment when he set up Owen to side foot home from inside the box for both of them to have a brace each, that was their scoring over for the day. As the interval neared a brilliant strike from Cole made it 5-0. The versatile player received the ball from James around 25 yards out and after looking up he brilliantly hit a beautiful shot which flew into the top corner for possibly the best goal he has scored in the 5 years he has been with the team. Zack in goal, after being busy last week, had very little to do, but remained vocal ensuring the defence stayed on their game and the boys went in at half time knowing the job was all but done. The second half seen the Tynemouth coaches mix things up a little and a few players were given the opportunity to play in different positions, which was a good learning exercise. It didn't stop the goals coming and it was Josh who was next in on the act when after some good work in the box by Rowen, who pressed the defence, the ball fell kindly for Josh to finish neatly from close range. The visitors, as mentioned, kept plugging away and scored a really good consolation goal when a shot from the corner of the box evaded Zack and nestled into the far corner, not the best defending from the home side to allow the chance, but nevertheless a good hit form the Wallsend player. The rest of the half seen the boys spend a bit more time on possession and at times did this very well and kept on creating chances, which were not took due to some fine saves by the visitors goalkeeper. Last seasons Players Player, Lucas, relinquished his midfield role and went in goal for the final 15 minutes and ensured he kept a clean sheet with some safe handling when needed and quick distribution. The final goal of the game was a great strike, with Harry getting it. As throughout the second half Owen kept bringing others into the game and on this occasion he laid it off for Harry to smash the ball across the goalkeeper and into the net after hitting the inside of the post. A great goal to end the game, and even though it was difficult to pick a man of the match the award went to Harry for another good game. Hopefully the draw can be kind for the boys and with only 6 Premiership teams left in the competition it would be nice to avoid any of them for at least another round to give the Yellows a chance of reaching the quarter finals and even on current form one of the big teams wouldn't fancy pulling Tynemouth out of the hat!