The boys travelled to Wallsend BC for their last game of what has been a tough and challenging season since they were promoted to the Premiership at Christmas. They knew a win was the only result that would keep them up against a top team.
Sadly, the boys choose to put on one of their worst performances of the season as they were giving a lesson in keeping the ball, winning the ball back, picking up loose balls and overall strength. It also didn't help the cause too with a game once again littered with mistakes which as said in previous reports get punished at this level. The Yellows started quite well and were competing but soon as they concede they either react well or crumble. Ten minutes gone and a mistake was made at the edge of the box with a poor pass going astray, this was picked up fed back in and finished from close range. The mountain was already high to climb but it just got bigger. Nevertheless the team once again worked their way back into the game and at times looked decent without really threatening but after 30 minutes the game was over. Two goals in the space of five minutes before half time killed any spirit. First, Cole didn't handle a shot well in goal and the forward tapped in from close range and then Lewis give away a free kick on the edge of the area which was soft but finished off far too easily as it went through the wall and past Cole. Three mistakes in the first half and 3-0 down - story of Premiership life. The second half started and the boys played well for 15 minutes and showed the desire they need to play at this level and were as good as their illustrious opponents but midway through the second half two volleys from inside the box ended any revived hope. Both chances came from the right after some poor marking and no Tynemouth centre half challenged in the box to give the home players a simple finish. Ten minutes from time the goal of the game when a free kick from 25yds crashed off the underside of the bar and in to make it six. Owen then pulled a goal back with an over the shoulder volley from a Harry free-kick to give the boys a consolation but just before the end more poor defending allowed for a seventh to end what was a miserable night. Two highlights were Owen's excellent goal and another solid performance from Kip (pictured) who was awarded man of the match, which was deserved after some fine recent displays. The rebuilding job starts now and a few changes will be necessary to ensure come next season the team is ready and willing to bounce straight back at the first attempt.