TUFC U16 BLUES 6 WALBOTTLE JUNIORS 2
By Doug Leitch
BLUES MASTER THE WINDY CONDITIONS WELL TO RECORD A GOOD WIN IN A COMPETITIVE GAME WITH WALBOTTLE
Blues captain Fionn Given
won the toss and elected to play into the strong wind first half. It was pointless playing long balls and to their credit Tynemouth played a short passing game with Thomas Taylor
prominent in the early stages. Given the strength of the wind it was a real bonus on 5 minutes when Ryan Higginson
was set free in the box to finish well and put the hosts one up.
It was an even game over the next 20 minutes or so with Walbottle doing everything they could to get back into the game which they did when a mix up in the Tynemouth defence saw their front man pounce on a loose ball to square things up.
To their credit Tynemouth were not prepared to settle on being level at half time and a superb ball from Ben Carr
released Higginson again to score his second. As half time approached, despite all of Walbottles efforts it was Tynemouth who would have the last say. Talyor picked up the ball just outside the left hand side of the penalty box and set off on a mazy run towards goal beating several defenders before striking a good shot past the visiting keeper
3-1 to the good at half time against a very strong wind and determined Walbottle side was just reward for a pleasing performance.
In the second half Tynemouth continued to play a passing game with Adam Watson
playing very well on the left it seemed only a matter of time before a fourth goal arrived. Ben Carr
duly obliged with a strong cross shot that left the Walbottle goalkeeper with no chance.
Although the visitors remained dangerous on the counter attack Tynemouth were in control now and added a 5th when Thomas Taylor
's excellent free kick found the back of the net.
Walbottle responded immediately with a good goal from their right winger who after a strong run into the box crashed an unstoppable shot past Hal Dickinson
in the Blues goal.
Just to make the game safe Higginson completed his hat-trick on 65 minutes and whilst both teams had their chances in the final 15 minutes Tynemouth ran out deserved winners by a score of 6-2.
Opposition MOM went to Ryan Higginson
with the Coaches choice going to Adam Watson