ALNWICK TOWN U16 0 TUFC U16 BLUE 7
By Doug Leitch
BLUES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A DEPLETED ALNWICK TO RECORD AN EMPHATIC VICTORY AT GREENSFIELD
Tynemouth travelled to Alnwick looking for all 3 points to finish the season strongly following a nail-biting 6-6 draw in the earlier fixture back in November.
Tynemouth settled quickly and 2 good efforts from Higginson warned Alnwick that they were in for a tough game. Encouraged by this on 10 minutes Adam Watson
tried a speculative effort from the corner of the penalty area which flew high into the net. Shortly afterwards Ben Car skipped through two tackles to hit an unstoppable shot past the Alnwick keeper.
The same player was to add a 3rd on the 20 minute mark hitting a low cross-shot into the corner after a good pass from Callum Wilson.
Tynemouth defence were coping well with all that Alnwick could throw at them. Szoltysek, Given and Davies in particular were setting up a perfect platform for the Blues to go in search of more goals. Liam Anderson
scored with a good header from an inch perfect free- kick from Adam Watson
and on 35 minutes Ben Carr
completed his 3rd hat-trick since joining in December.
The half time whistle blew with Tynemouth leading 5-0
The second period would be a different game altogether, kicking up the slope into the sun, however Tynemouth's game management saw them through comfortably. The back 3 of Clarkson, Given and Szoltysek plus the ever alert Dickinson in goal restricted Alnwick to few chances. Anderson scored a 6th for the visitors midway through the half with Jonny More
completing the scoring on 75 minutes when he made sure that an effort from Adam Watson
, that was squirming towards the goal line hit the back of the net.
This was a strong performance from the Blues pushing them up to 3rd in the League with an outside chance of finishing as runners up. Adam Watson
with a goal and 2 assists was in the running for a MOM award, as was Joe Howells
, Fionn Given
, Alex Smith
and Alfie Davies
. The opposition rightly made their award to hat trick hero Ben Carr
and after much deliberation the coaches made their award to David Szoltysek
who was a rock at the back.
Next week sees the Blues travel to run away league leaders WBSC Yellows buoyed with confidence after this resounding victory