Yellows Fall Short In Final Home Game
By Keith Inkster
Cramlington Juniors were the visitors to Norham for an afternoon kick off as the Yellows searched for more points to stay in the Premiership. Recent good performances have been welcomed and signs are there that the team are not too far away from competing
The recent formation of 4-4-2 was selected as this has served the team well in recent games and the boys started reasonably well as they pressed high up the pitch putting pressure on Cramlington's back line. James, who partnered Owen up front, had the first opportunity but was unable to get his effort on target and then Cole (pictured) made a great save in goal to keep Tynemouth level from point blank range. Ten minutes in though and despite Cole making another close range save the visitors took the lead. Once again a failing to head the ball away by the defence led to the chance, which following the save, was tapped home to give the away side a soft lead. The rest of the half seen the boys up their game and match their established opponents but not able to grab the equalizer despite several chances. James and Owen combined well up front to see the top scorer Owen flash one wide, James then beat two players in the box but just over ran the ball at the last minute when he was about to pull the trigger and the keeper gathered. Owen then headed wide from a cross as half time approached. In truth Cramlington never really threatened apart from some long range attempts but you could see the quality they had especially in keeping the ball. The second half was always going to be a challenge for the Yellows as they battled the normal 'windy Norham',which was not in their favour. However, they continued to stay in the game and match Cramlington but the chances seemed to dry up but the chances that did come along were not took. James, who had a good game up front especially with his workrate, smashed one wide and then Kai did very well to pinch the ball from the goalkeeper but was unable to find that extra space which could have led to a goal despite the tight angle. Cramlington continued to look good in possession but Cole in goal was equal to whatever they created. As time ticked by and the Yellows became a little ragged due to pushing for the equalizer the visitors sealed the points with a cross that eluded Cole and ended up in the net - a fluke but there was no way back. There were some decent displays from the players today, Cole in goal looked solid, Lucas had a fine game at left back and then in midfield but it was Lewis who was awarded man of the match with another excellent display as he continues his impressive form. One game remaining as the boys travel to Wallsend BC on Tuesday seeking the win they need to stay up. The Premiership experience has been useful and certainly where the boys want to be but perhaps a little bit more quality is required to be able to stay at this level and a little bit of luck too, which they haven't had a lot of.