The Yellows entertained Newcastle Benfield Olympico in their second league game in the Premiership hoping to put last weeks defeat to the back of their minds.
Zack returned to the side in goal after missing the last three games, Elliot made his home debut and James (pictured) was up against his previous team - all three were to play a big part in what turned out to be a cracking performance. The Yellows changed formation and went for a more attacking look with a 4-3-1-2 performance and the system worked as the boys got their first league points in the top flight with a comfortable 3-1 win. The home side started well and looked dangerous with James forcing the game with some dynamic runs at the defence but it was top goalscorer Owen who nearly opened the scoring with a bullet header from a Lewis corner which just went wide of the far post. Benfield relied a lot on their tall midfielder who was a major threat and every opportunity he had he looked to shoot, and it was he who opened the scoring. He was able to see off three weak challenges before smashing a shot from outside the box which got a deflection and whistled past Zack into the top corner. This was now a test of the boys' character as they went behind last week too and never recovered, but this time the goal seemed to galvanise them and around ten minutes later they grabbed the equalizer. Owen held the ball up well in the middle of the opposition half before laying off to James who showed the defender a clean pair of heels to power to the edge of the box on the right and smash a powerful drive that the keeper could not hold. The game was entertaining and both sides had chances to grab the lead but twice Zack made crucial saves to keep it level. His first was a point blank effort which he pushed out and then he got a fingertip to push one onto the post. At the other end Tynemouth wasted some excellent corners as they failed to find that touch needed to get a goal. At half time Elliot was pushed into midfield to match their dangerman and that change worked perfectly as Elliot never gave him an inch, which allowed the home side to dominate the second period. The boys kept pressing and always looked dangerous with Lucas as ever driving the midfield trio forward and making sure the defence was protected, and even when Benfield did advance Harry, Nathan, Kip and Daniel were strong enough to protect Zack in goal as he didn't have another save to make. Rowen missed a glorious chance to put the boys in front after some good battling in the box but fifteen minutes from time the home side went in front. Elliot found James with his back to goal on the edge of the box, he still had a lot to do but he found himself some space brilliantly to lash a shot low to the goalkeepers left to put the Yellows in the lead. James was clearly delighted with his second as he ran towards the away contingent celebrating wildly followed by the rest of the team. Then to cap a fabulous performance, Elliot found himself running at the Olympico defence, he beat three players with some great footwork before hammering it past the keeper to guarantee three valuable points. The delight of the players was great to see as Elliot was mobbed by his new teammates as they knew the win was theirs. A great effort from the team and I am sure similar performances will get favourable results, but it was in midfield today where the battle was won and Elliot was pivotal to that in the second half and just pipped James for the man of the match award. Well done lads a great team performance..