Tynemouth hosted unbeaten and title chasing Boldon Colts at Norham as they continued their fight against relegation known anything but a top performance would do if they were to get anything from the game.
The task got even tougher when the away side took an early lead after a shot from the edge of the box rattled the post and fell kindly to a Boldon player to tap in from close range. Credit to United for not caving in as you could see the quality of the opposition especially going forward. However, over the last four games there has been a different mentality to the team and for 15 minutes after the goal they were excellent. They didn't give the opposition a second on the ball as they closed down and hassled them, won the ball and attacked with pace and due to that turned the game around to lead 2-1. The equalizer came when Lewis won a tackle in the midfield and played a lovely ball through to James who smashed a stunning volley past the keeper which nearly burst the net. Five minutes later the Yellows went in front with a lovely goal, Kai skipped past a challenge on the left and played a delightful cross onto the head of Owen who picked his spot with a clever header. The boys were in full flow and the Colts were rattled and not expecting the intensity the home side were playing with. The equalizer came though when a long range effort found the top of the net to take the teams in at half time level at 2-2. The second half seen the Yellows come out all guns blazing and raced into a two goal advantage when first a free kick from Harry was floated into the box for Owen (pictured) to acrobatically swivel and fire home from close range and then the same striker won a penalty. United have not found a consistent penalty taker this season but credit to Owen in grabbing the ball and wanting the responsibility. He stepped up and smashed it high into the net to send the Yellows wild with delight. As at Whickham on Sunday, the quality of the opponents shone through as they began the fightback, as the boys threw away a two goal advantage. The first goal back was very poor from the boys' point of view when a free kick was awarded just outside the box. No one took responsibility to have the wall in the correct place and enough bodies in the wall, the Boldon player sensed that and found the bottom corner of the net to give Boldon renewed hope - mistakes like this at this level will be punished and was. Despite that the Yellows should have scored straight after but a close range effort, from the once again impressive Elliot, was brilliantly saved from the keeper and then bounced kindly for them to clear. Cole also produced the save of the match when he tipped a long range effort over the bar. The equalizer came 15 minutes from time with a break away goal, which caught the Yellows out, and was finished well after a good passing move. Boldon then grabbed the winner from the edge of the box with five minutes remaining to win the game and break the players' hearts. Tynemouth pushed forward and tried everything to get an equalizer and they came close when Astin hit one form the edge of the box but it was too high and went over. This was a tough result to take after such a hard working performance and another game when points were deserved. Their performances recently have warranted a lot more but this Premeirship has some quality players who can make the difference and that is what Tynemouth are finding, any mistake is punished and the mistakes have to stop. A special mention to Lewis who once again was excellent in the middle of the pitch and led the team with a captains performance recognized by the away sides parents and coaches, however it was hat-trick man Owen who got the man of the match award for a superb frontman show that caught the eye. Whatever happens in the last two games, the recent performances have been a credit to all of the team and they should be proud that they can compete with the best teams out there but at present they are not getting the breaks they so deserve which would allow them to get some much needed points.
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