Niles Ranger, our 17 year old striker, signed quietly from Southampton in the summer, was a a handful all night against Wigan, but he still ended up on the losing side tonight for Newcastle Reserves.
Niles Ranger – one for the future?
Steve Harper and David Edgar were given run-outs to ensure their match fitness, in case they are needed for the first team.
Newcastle started off brightly and were in control in the early part of the game, and after 25 minutes they took a deserved lead through Niles Ranger. The impressive youngster smashed the ball into the top hand corner of the net from 25 yards out – an excellent goal.
Ryan Donaldson’s evening was ended after 40 minutes when he was stretchered off with a bad ankle injury, following a challenge from Andrew Pearson.
Then shortly following the restart of the game, Jonathan Routledge put in Joe Holt who shot low past Steve Harper in first-half stoppage time. As we all know a good time to score and a bad time to concede, especially when Wigan’s goal was against the run of play.
Wigan then took the lead after just nine minutes into the second half when Routledge sent in a curling shot from 30 yards , which beat the diving Harper. Niles Ranger then came within inches of a second goal, when his shot hit Pearson and went just wide of the upright. This lads looks good.
Newcastle kept fighting Reserve debutant Stephen Folan beat three men as he put Godsmark through, but goalkeeper Postlethwaite made another good save.
A good display from the youngsters, and they were unlucky to lose this game.
Newcastle United Reserves: Steve Harper, Callum Morris, Stephen Folan, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Mark Doninger, James Marwood, Jonny Godsmark, Sammy Ameobi (Conor Newton, 46m) Ryan Donaldson (Michael McCrudden, 45m) Nile Ranger
Subs: Max Johnson, James Tavernier, Patrick McLaughlin