U13 Blues patience pays off
By Chris Bowler
Throckley prove difficult to break down..........
Throckley prove difficult to break down in u13 Blues latest fixture. After a relatively straight forward start to the season the games were starting to become a little tougher for the boys in yellow and blue. Last week’s game against Wideopen was testament to that, just edging a very close result. So, a home game against Throckley would give us a good indication of our progress this season.
We had an almost full squad to pick from except for Oscar who was away on county duties. This meant Noah would be playing in goal for the whole 70 minutes. In defence we started with Thomas and Martin in the centre along with Daniel and jack as our fullbacks. In the centre of midfield was Harry and Euan with Charlie P and Charlie W on the wings. Finally, up front was Lucas and Sam. Available to come on were Will, Ben and Blake.
For the opening 30 minutes both teams battle through creating a stalemate (not to mention the wet and windy weather that both sets of players had to endure). Euan came close early on with a saved header from a superb Charlie P cross and Sam also coming close with a few through balls that didn’t quite reach him. Then a moment of magic changed everything. Blake found space down the right wing and put a low cross for the Sam, with his Midas touch, to deftly flick the ball past the keeper. Throckley had made us work hard that half but eventually our persistence had finally paid off. A relieved Tynemouth United finished the 35 minutes a goal up.
The second half proved to be a little easier but Throckley had been a tough nut to crack. Within minutes of the restart Tynemouth had extended their lead when Blake fired in a shot into the top corner. Further chances went begging when Lucas missed the target but produced a great run and pull back for Man of the match Harry to place ball over the keeper from outside the area on 45 minutes. Tynemouth were feeling a little more settled now and confidence was high but a momentary lapse of concentration cost us when a Throckley player sneaked passed the defence and put the ball past Noah in goal. Now it was the opposition’s confidence that was starting to grow and they were beginning to believe they could rescue the situation, but Tynemouth have greater inner mental strength this year and would not let the opposition back in. There was some resurgence from Throckley but in the end it was all academic; the Blues did not panic and continued to play to their strengths, eventually wearing the team down. Will had an excellent game on the wing and found Charlie P who played a fantastic ball in for Lucas to slot home only for it to be disallowed due to a very tight offside decision. Lucas finally got his goal with a great header from a Ben corner. Tynemouth continued to press for more goals and could have had a glut more if not for the Throckley keeper who made an outstanding triple save. The boys eventually made sure of the points with 4 minutes left on the clock when Sam and Charlie P caused confusion in the opposition penalty area. Charlie P’s close-range shot taking a minor deflection of Sam and then of the unfortunate keeper to go in.
Another pleasing display with the team passing the ball calmly and confidently. The boys gave a committed performance against a side that fought to the end.