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 ……. Â 😀
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)