The boys travelled to Montague to take on the Blues in a game that the coaches had targeted to pick up points in their quest to remain in the Premiership.
The weather was terrible with constant high wind, cold rain and sleet all appearing at some point over the course of the game and this made it difficult for both teams, however it was the home side who seemed to deal with these better and ran out 3-0 winners, which did flatter them and could have been so different. The Yellows started much the brighter of the two teams and with a bit more luck and better finishing could have took the lead. James was unlucky with a shot from a tight angle that whistled past the far post, Elliot had an effort saved by the home goalkeeper and twice in the space of a few minutes Owen's cross along the line was not met and Lewis' corner should have been gobbled up too but the chance went begging. Owen also beat the offside trap on a couple of occasions but was flagged, when on another day could have seen the striker charge through and grab a goal. The first goal you sensed was crucial and it was the home side who got it when Nathan was adjudged to have handled the ball from a cross. Despite protests the spot kick was took and even though Zack got his hand to it the ball nestled in the corner to put Montague one up. Five minutes later the hosts doubled their lead, helped by some really poor defending. The ball was played in high from the right and even though the ball seemed to be in the air for a long time no Tynemouth player was prepared to put his head on it and it eventually dropped to a home player to smash in from close range. The Yellows knew they had a mountain to climb but to their credit they never give up despite lacking the usual quality that they showed in their last league game. The weather became worse in the second period and neither side seemed to get on top and only one more goal was scored which finished the game off. Zack parried a shot from the edge of the box which fell kindly to a home player to score from close range to give the hosts a clear lead which was tough on the boys. The last twenty minutes seemed to be played at a sedate pace as the weather took its toll, especially on some of the Tynemouth players on what ended up being a frustrating day for all involved. A lot of work to do to get the boys back to what they are good at and the plan is still to get enough points to stay up. Still positives however, with Kip (pictured) once again putting in a good shift in his first full season with the team and the fact that the boys can compete with established premiership teams proves they have a chance of survival. Next up is Boldon Colts at home which hopefully will be to the Yellows advantage back at Norham on a smaller sized pitch to today's which was full size and one the boys aren't used to.
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