Under 19s in fantastic victory
By Keith McIntyre
Tynemouth hit Ashington for six
After snatching a draw from the jaws of victory in the last game against Seaton Deleval, Tynemouth bounced back, putting in a fine performance to see off Ashington Town.
Despite having a squad of 21 players on their books, Tynemouth were only able to field a squad of 12 on the day, due to injury and absence, a number of players venturing to sunnier climbs than the biting cold North East, and others heading to sample the delights of Russia.
Meanwhile Tynemouth were left to battle their own cold war in the first half, against a resolute Ashington Defence, at a blustery Norham High School. Based on the players at the coaches disposal it was decided to play an attacking formation of 4-3-3 with a real goal threat up front, taking the fight to the opposition.
Following a disallowed goal for a foul on the Ashington keeper, Tynemouth finally got reward for their efforts with a goal from James, direct from a free kick. Was it a cross, was it a shot, it matters not, Tynemouth were 1 up.
It was clear that Tynemouth were not going to have it all their own way as Ashington fought back, forcing a number of fine saves from the excellent Andrew, but the defence held firm.
It was clear that the second goal was going to be an important factor and it was Tynemouth who grabbed it with a fantastic thirty yard free kick from James. There was no doubt about the intention of this one as it nestled in the top corner.
Further goals followed from the predatory Brad (2), a fine individual effort from the tireless Kaan and an own goal, following a good run from Cieran.
All in all a fine performance, with each player playing their part. With the goal threat the team now carries, added to the second meanest defence in the division, it is a great time to be a Tynemouth player, and we are really looking forward to the season ahead.
Tynemouth United U19