Seven goal thriller, but u13 Blues miss out
By Chris Bowler
Tynemouth United u13 Blues...............
Tynemouth United u13 Blues' next opponents were Felton who we’d recently played against in the first round of the cup. That previous fixture had proved to be a very close game with Felton only just coming out on top with an extra time winner. Would this game prove to be just as close?
Lucas and Will were not available to play and unfortunately Oscar also had to drop out late on due to a county fixture. On the plus side it meant everyone got more game time with only one available sub. Starting line-up was Noah in goal with a defensive set up of Daniel, Thomas, Martin and Jack. In the middle was Ben, Harry, Euan and Charlie P. starting forward line was Sam and Blake. Charlie W would be the first of the rolling substitutions.
The game started at break-neck speed with both teams intent on attacking and it was Sam who drew first blood for The Blues scoring into the bottom corner with a pass from Blake. The fast intensity of the game continued with last ditched tackles, blocks and interceptions being made all over the pitch. In the 14th minute Thomas made an outstanding tackle to prevent Felton from surely scoring when he perfectly timed a sliding tackle in the penalty area. This spurred us on and soon after we got a second when Harry surged into Felton’s penalty box and scored a fine goal. 2 up and well deserved. Sam came for a well-earned breather and was replaced by Charlie W to hold up the ball in attack. Things seemed to be going well but we knew from past experiences that Felton would not give up easily. Soon enough Felton were back in the game when a spell of pressure saw Noah make a double save only for it to land kindly for an attacker to head home. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Tynemouth and within minutes Felton had scored another.
We were hoping in the second half that the wind, which would be blowing towards the Felton goal, would be in our favour. Sam was back on the pitch up front and Euan came off for rest with Charlie W slotting into the vacated position. The second half proceeded evenly with sides creating a few half chances, but nothing clear-cut. Then on the 48th minute Felton went in front with a long range shot into the bottom corner. Euan came back on for Charlie P who needed a rest after all the non-stop running. Tynemouth were determined not to lose this and upped their efforts. A few close offside decisions thwarted our chances, but we didn’t give up and continued to press for an equaliser. Then on the 62nd minute Sam ran onto a through ball and stumbled past the keeper to equalise. The boys had deserved it but as we all know football can be a cruel game and within a minute of the restart Felton scored from another distance shot. The team were disheartened and tried as they would they could not get the equalising goal they sort.
Another good performance deserving of a better result.