The Yellows entertained near neighbours North Shields, from the Premiership, in the last 16 of the County Cup looking for a giant killing on what was a soaking wet pitch but still playable at Norham.
This was a tough test for Tynemouth, but thanks to a fabulous second half performance they managed to beat the higher ranked team and move into the last eight of the County Cup. The home side started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation to ensure they could settle into the game and make sure they matched their higher ranked opponents. This they did and the first part of the game seen both teams share possession equally with very few chances created. A lot of the early stages seen both sides trying to assess each others ability and it was clear that the formation wasn't allowing Tynemouth to stretch the away side enough, even though they looked comfortable at the back. The formation was changed to their normal 4-4-2 and the players seemed better suited and a few chances started to be created without really testing the away goalkeeper. James had a shot saved and Owen flashed one wide but the visitors created chances as well without really troubling Zack in goal. As half time looked as though it was heading to 0-0, the away side were awarded a corner, which to the boys' horror sailed straight in to the far corner of the net to give the away side the lead. The half time team talk took on a new meaning as the boys knew more was needed to find a way back. Straight from the outset the boys looked a different side with Lucas starting to dominate in the middle of the pitch and winning every ball going spare, Astin (pictured) started to look a lot more lively now back up front and James began to get a bit more joy on the right wing. The defence seemed to continue to look solid too and restricted the away side to long range shots only, however Zack did make a crucial save with his legs. The equalizer eventually came after 50 minutes when after Lucas had played a wonderful curved pass to Owen on the left, the striker cut inside the defender ready to pull the trigger but unselfishly laid the ball to his strike partner, Astin, in the box for him to finish coolly past the keeper. The Yellows had their tails up now and could sense Shields were looking flat and the second came five minutes later when Nathan played a wonderful long curved ball down the line which was not dealt with well by the away side defence, Owen was quick to latch onto this and sense the goalkeeper was off his line, he then brilliantly lobbed / volleyed him to send the boys 2-1 up - a wonderful goal. The home side smelled victory and ten minutes from time, Astin capped a great display, when after receiving the ball from Rowen on the left of the box he perfectly placed a shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner to send the Yellows into the quarter finals. This was a big win for the Yellows and they battled throughout by challenging for every ball, throwing themselves into every tackle and showing great determination. The strips were covered in mud at the end proving they had put in a shift. So many fine performances but it was Harry who was awarded the man of the match award.