Newcastle Reserves Hammered 6-2 In First Game

Newcastle Reserves, under the watching eyes of Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan and his coaching staff, were hammered 6-2 by Newcastle Benfield last night.


Adam Sadler
– poor defending by his youngsters

Newcastle Reserves were hammered 6-2 at Sam Smith’s field last night and had some poor defending to show for the defeat.

Local non-league side Newcastle Benfield put six goals past our young second string last night, with first-team manager Kevin Keegan and coaches Terry McDermott, Chris Hughton and Arthur Cox all watching from the touchline.


Yet it was Newcastle who scored first after just two minutes when young England star, Ryan Donaldson was the man on target with a nice finish from the edge of the penalty area.

Benfield equalized in five minutes when Scott Emmerson scored with a close range volley and the hosts got their noses in front soon after when Emmerson provided an assist for Lee Hamilton (16). Lee lobbed the ball over Fraser Forster, having been played in on goal by Emmerson.

The game was always going to be full of goals and Jonny Godsmark equalized for Newcastle when he fired the ball nicely past home goalkeeper Andrew Grainger.

That was four goals inside 18 minutes and it was then five in just 20 minutes as Emmerson scored his second with another clever lob over Forster, which won loud applause from the Sam Smith’s crowd.

There had to be questions about the Newcastle rearguard but the Reserves rallied after half-time and goalscorer Godsmark was unlucky not to pull one back with a great effort across the face of goal.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, Benfield were more than good value for their 6-2 win, and Newcastle coach Adam Sadler was left to reflect on a disappointing night for his young players.

Sadler said after the game:

“We were disappointed with the result and to concede six goals was extremely disappointing,”

“But it shows that if you don’t defend properly you will be punished.”

“The second-half performance was slightly better and we did improve but the damage was already done by that stage.”

“We got something out of the game in terms of fitness and the physical test but we’ll be looking for a big improvement come Monday against Gateshead.”

It’s interesting that Sam Smith’s fields was our school field (Heaton Technical) back in the 1950s, and we played there for 4 years or so – so it’s good to see it still exists – memories, memories …….   😀

One of our outstanding young players, 18 year-old Ben Tozer, captained the side last night.

Newcastle Reserves: Fraser Forster (Ole Soderberg 46m), James Taylor, Darren Lough, Ben Tozer (c), Callum Morris, Mark Doninger (Patrick McLaughlin 76m), James Marwood, Frank Wiafe Danquah (Michael McCrudden 86m), Shane Ferguson (Dan Neary 77m), Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark

Benfield: Andrew Grainger, Jeff Forsyth (James Riordan 46m), Kevin Leighton (c) (Mark Poolan 46m), Andrew Dugdale, Phil Lumsden, Patrick Collins, Mark Rasmussen (Stephen Buzzeo 61m), Paul Anthony, Lee Hamilton, Scott Emmerson (Paul Buzzeo 54m), Brian Dodsworth (Adam Scope 44m)

16 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Maybe because Kadar went on loan to Norwich? That’s why the defence was so leaky?

  • tamil toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    tbh no andy carroll, lualua, weasley bahong, david edgar, tamas kadar itz not dat bad!!

  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Well on this performance perhaps we should be looking at some of the Benfield lads.
    Lets hope they do better against Gateshead.

  • LondonToon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Not very good. But then Utd’s reserves lost at home to Coventry last year with a team containing Anderson and Nani, so hopefully it’s just a blip.

  • ned flanders

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    was at the match, benfield murdered the toon and had their best striker chilton missing – it would have been more – toon were awful

    keegan out haha

  • Jon Goodwyn

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Well, thats why there in the reserves isnt it

  • sean667

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    o dear!

  • Ross

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    fine start for the lads,haha.
    lets just keep our eyes on the youngsters this season, see how they do

  • queen

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9

    lets hope the first team can do a bit better at old trafford on the opening day.

  • geordiegraham

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    me bro went 2 skool with cal morris

  • faustino

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    There ws only 4 players on a pro contract on the pitch wasn’t there?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #12

    They suck…sack the board : )

    Joking Lads

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Ah well, villa’s 1st team got beat 3-1 by the ‘mighty’ lincoln yesterday too…Oops!..Nice boo boo by silly sidwell too, snigger!..

    …It was our reserve, reserves!..

  • clinta

    Jul 16, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Youth development ey?? lol.. we’ve kind of always sucked at that i guess, things should improve though and while there were alot of our better youngsters out of the side the fact remains most of the boys that played are professionally on our book- ouch!

  • Leo

    Jul 16, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #15

    theyre a young side im not too worried

  • brian

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #16

    what tamil toon said is right


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