Premiership Debut Is Tough For Yellows
By Keith Inkster
The fixture list was not kind to the Yellows as they were paired with last seasons Champions and arguably the best u13 side in the North East when they had to travel to Red House Farm for the teams first game at this level.
The Yellows went into the game knowing they would be in for a tough time and that only a top performance would give them any chance. A more defensive formation was chosen, with 4-5-1 deployed to protect Cole in goal as regular goalkeeper Zack was absent due to holidays. In the early stages of the game the boys seemed to have settled well and were matching the hosts but then too much space was awarded to their striker who fired home from the edge of the box to put the home side one up. However, the Yellows kept to the plan and were frustrating the home side as Lewis, Lucas and Josh in the middle of the field were working hard to stop Red House finding space. Just as the boys seemed to be adjusting to a higher standard of opposition the hosts scored three in a five minute spell which knocked the stuffing out of Tynemouth. All three goals were mistakes by United that could have been prevented and will need to be ironed out in future games. The first was a tame shot that rolled under the goalkeeper, another came when the home forward went around Cole in goal before finishing and then the fourth of the game came from shoddy defending. Just before half time the Champions scored a stunning 30 yard free kick to hurt the boys even more. The formation was changed in the second half, moving to a 3-5-2 which seemed to help the away side see the ball more, with Astin now supporting Owen in attack. During the second period, Tynemouth did compete better and had a lot more possession but not being strong enough to create anything that would get them back in the game. Injuries to Nathan and James did not help either as both had to leave the field during the second half but the boys' workrate never stopped. Another two goals were scored, which were soft, one from a corner which was not cleared and then similar defensive hesitancy for another with both ending up being tap-ins from close range. The home sides eighth and final goal came when a cross ended up going over Cole's head for a fluke goal. Not a great deal to shout about, but a lot of things learnt which can be used in future games. A big positive was the debut of Elliot who grew into the game and his strength and ability will benefit the team in the coming matches. Harry (pictured) was one of the stronger performers on a hard day. This was a huge learning for the team and they know easier games will come but better performances will be needed if they want to survive at this level.