Last Minute Heartache For Yellows
By Keith Inkster
The Yellows travelled to Whickham to take on an unbeaten team in the Premiership hoping that recent good performances would continue in their quest to stay up. The boys were a bit low on numbers as the squad of 16 was reduced for this game to 12 due to in
United started well and despite the home side looking a little more lively the visitors were dealing with everything the home side could come up with. Cole made an important double save early on with his feet to ensure the usual early goal Tynemouth concede didn't materialise. The formation of 4-4-2 seemed to be working and it enabled the Yellows to compete, especially in the middle of the pitch where they were winning more balls than they were losing. As the half progressed the away side grew in confidence and the front pair of Owen and James started to threaten with their link up and pace. The opening goal came from the visitors when Lewis won a challenge in the centre circle and then picked a perfect long pass over to Owen who managed to get to the ball before the goalkeeper, go around him and finish in the far corner to give the away side an unexpected but deserved lead. Tynemouth were now on top and could of had a second when James jinked around two defenders before seeing his goalbound shot deflected just wide. A huge shock was on the cards as half time approached when after some brilliant link up play from Owen and Kai on the left, the ball was cleared out to Lewis (pictured) who crashed an effort from 25yds towards goal, which went in after a deflection, albeit a good strike anyway, which was on target. At half time United were in control and this was also down to a fabulous defensive performance from Lucas, Harry, Nathan, Kip and Rowen who were throwing themselves in front of every ball and not letting the home side have a clear sight on goal. The half time discussion was around keeping tight at the start of the second half and not letting them back in but straight from the kick off the deficit was reduced when Cole was unable to control a shot, which was then tapped in from close range. The boys knew they would be under pressure but they were still looking dangerous going forward and albeit for a wonder save the game would have been won. Elliot linked up well on the edge of the box before striding on and smashing a drive which was somehow tipped over the bar by the impressive home goalkeeper. Not long after and with 10 minutes remaining the equalizer came when the defence for the first time failed to deal with or clear a corner and after a few bounces around, the ball was dispatched past Cole. The pressure started to mount as the home side went for the winner and Cole made a good save to push out a piledriver, but heartache was to follow. Nathan, who was once again a rock at the heart of the defence seen his clearance unluckily loop over the head of Cole to give the home team an undeserved winner. The boys were magnificent and yet again came away from a game they deserved more from. The last three games they have earned two points and in reality should have had at least seven, which would see them safe now. The team are becoming used to the league now and know they have to work harder, which they are, due to the quality of the opposition but games are running out and survival is becoming tougher as the next three games sees United face some quality and established opposition. Some great performances but it was Harry who just pipped Kip for man of the match.