The Yellows entertained County Cup finalists Newcastle Benfield San Siro at Norham on what was a cold, wet and windy day. The visitors from the first whistle adapted to the conditions much better than the hosts and ran out comfortable winners.
The squad always knew the step up to the Premiership would be tough and there were always going to be 3-4 teams who were far superior and San Siro were one of them. The visitors played some wonderful football, which was one touch and a lot of switching play at pace and the boys could not cope at all. Within the first ten minutes United were 3 down and under constant pressure and were being opened up easily especially down the visitors right, where no closing down was apparent and no player wanting to put themselves in the way. Every time the away side attacked there was a feeling a goal was coming and the boys' heads quickly went down. Midway during the first half the boys began to close down quicker and seen a bit more possession without really causing any problems for the visitors defence but any hope of getting back into the game were quickly dashed when two more were scored before half time, after once again some poor defending proved costly. The second half went the same way as the first with Benfield dominating and Tynemouth were thankful to Cole in goal preventing a bigger scoreline as he made a few decent saves. The visitors were clinical in front of goal and four more were scored in the second period without reply to see the boys fall to their heaviest defeat since the team were formed 5 years ago. The team are playing with no confidence at all presently and will have to dig deep in the last six games to get any further points in what has been a challenging second half to the season. This however is a good time to see what characters will step up and do what they can to ensure positives can be taken out of the remaining games. Nathan (pictured) was awarded man of the match on a day when a fair few of the team struggled against a very good side. Next up - it doesn't get easier as the boys travel to unbeaten Wallsend Boys Club, who haven't conceded a goal since Christmas.