Newcastle United Reserves were beaten 3-0 tonight, as Bolton Wanderers put three past Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul on his return to competitive action for the Tyneside club.
Tim Krul – beaten three times tonight
Newcastle started well and throughout the game the front two forwards of Nile Ranger and Frank Wiafe Danquah both looked dangerous, but some missed chances from the visitors certainly helped Bolton.
Newcastle put together quite a few well worked moves in the first half and Doninger was close from 20 yards out.
But it was Bolton who went ahead after a long ball downfield ball saw Krul and Ben Tozer collide with each other, and Bolton striker Javelin Campbell (35) put the ball into the empty net.
Doninger then went close but headed Danquah’s cross just inches wide of the post. Then just before half time Ricardo Vaz Te went close on 44 minutes before seeing his spectacular overhead-kick kept out by a great save from Tim Krul.
Then just after the restart Ricardo Vaz Te went straight through the Newcastle defense and slotted home beyond a helpless Tim Krul. Where was the defense?
Vaz Te then made a goal for Nathan Woolfe (55) to complete the scoring for the Bolton side, who gave a good demonstration of how to take your chances.
Nile Ranger went close with a header from Doninger’s corner and the Newcastle lads tried to get back into the game, but it was not to be.
Of course Newcastle Reserves have lost their coach Adam Sadler, who was fired from his post by the Newcastle Board just over a week ago. It’s hard for players to recover from that, and this was also a very young Newcastle side.
Next up for the youngsters is Monday’s Central League fixture at home to Sheffield United.
Newcastle United Reserves: Tim Krul, James Marwood, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Matthew Grieve, Ben Tozer, Jonny Godsmark, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger, Frank Wiafe Danquah (Michael McCrudden, 47m) Shane Ferguson (Patrick McLaughlin, 81m)
Subs not used: James Taylor, Max Johnson, Kieran Wrightson, Stewart Bath