The Yellows entertained Gateshead FC at Norham as the two promoted teams met in the Premiership. Both teams have found life tough since being promoted at Christmas and this was a game both would be looking for points from.
A new formation was tried as the home side opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation after recent defeats in a hope that something different may kick start some better form. Once again Tynemouth started well and were soon on the front foot with James' pace being a worry for the Tynesiders defence. A couple of half chances were created but a lack of composure in front of goal meant the early goal United craved didn't come. The visitors should have took the lead after a mix up at the back allowed a one on one with Zack in goal but the keeper won the day with a brave save at the forwards feet. The warning signs were there and the away side were the team who opened the scoring when midway through the half the ball wasn't dealt with at the back and the forward had too much time to turn and fire into the far corner. As half time approached a corner was not cleared and the Gateshead player had far too much time to bury the second. Once again no Tynemouth player took responsibility to clear the loose ball and they were punished for it. Sadly in the Premiership this has been the way things have gone, started games well, not took chances and concede goals that are soft. In past games the team have crumbled but the second half was the Yellows of old, as after some harsh words at the break, they came out fighting with a team spirit that hasn't been seen for a while. They went for the opposition from the whistle and five minutes in they got a goal back when Lewis flighted a ball over the top of the defence for Kai to contest and he persevered to win the ball off the defender before calmly firing past the keeper for his first goal for the club. The home side were now firing on all cylinders and the equalizer soon followed, when Lucas, who was excellent in midfield, threaded a ball through for Owen to hold off the defender on the edge of the box before finishing with aplomb to send the players wild. The game was now there for the taking but still Harry and Nathan had to be strong at the back and both of the central defenders had their best game for a while to ensure Tynemouth didn't concede another. Cole, who replaced Zack in goal, pulled off a great save in goal too, on the one occasion the visitors threatened. United were the ones looking most likely to make the breakthrough with James firing one over the bar, Rowen hitting the side netting and Owen trying his luck again but the elusive winner wouldn't come. As the game was entering the final throes there was still time for more drama. Nathan made a fantastic last ditch tackle when the forward was clean through on goal, James crossed along the goal line but Owen was millimetres away from connecting with a diving header and then there were loud appeals from the Yellows for a last minute handball which could have resulted in a penalty. Elliot (pictured) was pushed into midfield in the second half and his constant drive and determination helped the home side be the dominant team as he at every opportunity looked to get the team moving forward and he pipped Harry and Nathan for the man of the match honours. A welcome point as the whistle went, but in hindsight two dropped as the boys deserved to win the game, but the point moves them off the bottom of the table as they next visit Gosforth knowing three points will be welcomed as they continue their fight for survival.
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