Newcastle Reserves had their second pre-season game across the River Tyne at Gateshead last night, and came away with a 1-1 draw.
Â Darren Lough – scored equalizer with 15 minutes to go
But the youngsters left it late and it was defender Darren Lough who scored a late goal to snatch the draw at local non-leaguers Gateshead.
Adam Sadler again fielded a young side, which we expect him to do all season, and again it was good to see the management of Kevin Keegan, coaches Terry McDermott and Chris Hughton, and local goalkeeper Steve Harper watching from the stands at the International Stadium.
When Steve Harper finally retires from Newcastle, look for him becoming a coach at Newcastle, and that would depend if he’s given up on his refereeing ambitions of course.
Having Kevin at every Reserve team match is a great communication to the youngsters, that they are very important to the club, and Kevin is doing the exact right thing by attending all their games.
The Reserves played in that new new purple strip with Gateshead inÂ their familiar Bolton like black and white strip.
And Newcastle almost went ahead after just 6 minutes when Jonny Godsmark fired straight at goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite, after being played in by Dan Neary.
But then after only 8 minutes Gateshead took the lead when striker Graeme Armstrong turned nicely outside the penalty area and fired home low into the bottom corner of the net, past a diving Fraser Forster.
Alex Francis, who used to be on Newcastle’s books, then came close, as his low drive went just outside a post on 30 minutes.
Then Fraser Forster did well to stop David Southern’s deflected shot with his .
Manager Adam Sadler kept faith in the team he started with, and with just 15 minutes to go Newcastle equalized, when promising left-back Darren Lough, volleyed the ball into the roof of the net.
Then in the final quarter of an hour both sides looked for the winner and Gateshead’s Paul Thompson was denied when his shot was again well saved by Forster, before Southern only just missed.
A better defensive performance from the Reserves last night, than in their last game against Newcastle Benfield last week, when they were taken apart 6-2.
Newcastle Reserves: Fraser Forster, Callum Morris, Darren Lough, Stewart Bath, Matthew Grieve, Ben Tozer, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Mark Doninger, Jonny Godsmark, Dan Neary, Patrick McLaughlin
Subs not used: James Taylor, Kieran Wrightson, Shane Ferguson, Campbell Bell, Ole Soderberg