Tynemouth triumph over resilient Hawks
By Ian Cridland
The team had been notching up some impressive results over the last few months.....
The team had been notching up some impressive results over the last few months; they were determined to make sure they got one of the automatic promotion spots. We were currently top but knew that Felton had a few games in hand and had just beaten Wideopen. So, it was coming down to us and Felton for the top spot. With that in mind the boys new they had a job to do today and ensure that they remained as league leaders.
Full squad of players were available for the coaches to choose from; starting first was Oscar in goal with Will, Martin, Thomas and Jack in defence. Harry B, Charlie P, Ben and Charlie W would start in midfield. Up front was Blake and Lucas. Subs were Harry F, Noah, Euan and Sam.
First half saw plenty of endeavour from both sides without any clear chances materialising though Charlie P did hit the post with a long-ranged effort. A few corners for both sides but strong defending nullified any attacking play. Tynemouth were starting to show signs of frustration with game becoming more and more scrappy. Changes were made with Euan and Sam replacing Charlie P and Lucas, but the first half continued in much the same vain. A little more finesse with a perfectly weighted through ball or an accurate cross was needed to breakdown Wideopen. Eventually all the stuff that we’d been doing in previous matches that had got us to the top of the pile would show itself in this match and once we’d got the opening goal we were sure more would follow.
A number of changes were made at the start of the second half with Ben, Jack, Blake, Charlie W and Oscar replaced by Charlie P, Daniel, Lucas, Harry F and Noah. On the 40th minute the breakthrough finally came when Tynemouth won a freekick just in the Heaton half. Charlie P dispatched the ball over the wall and passed the keeper’s outstretched arms into the back of the net. An audible sigh of relief could be heard from players and supporters alike. Finally, we had breached a dogged, well-organised Heaton defence. The next goal came moments later; Euan played a pass through to an unmarked Charlie P who was able to shoot for his second of the game. Heaton huffed and puffed and came close to scoring themselves on a few occasions, but Noah was there to deal with any little dramas. More changes were made with Harry B and Sam off for Charlie W and Blake to come back on. Tynemouth won a succession of corners which allowed Blake to put pressure on the Heaton defence resulting in the ball coming off one of their player’s resulting in another goal. Blake then turned provider when he got to the ball first and whipped in a cross which sailed over the keeper straight into the path of Lucas who connected superbly with his head. There was still around 10 minutes left of play, but it was game over. A few position changes were made with Blake going in defence with Thomas coming off for a rest but very little happened, Heaton had matched us in the first half but we just working on them until we eventually grounded out the result we needed.
MOM: Harry B