17 year old Nile Ranger has now scored nine goals for the Newcastle club and he scored a hat trick in Newcastle United Under-18s’ 3-1 win over Barnsley yesterday.
Nile Ranger – impressing quickly at Newcastle
The youngster signed from Southampton this summer – but no official word ever came out of the Newcastle club that he had signed. But that just about summed up the level of communication from the Newcastle club during the summer – none.
And remember all the fuss about trying to sign 15 year-old up and coming sensation Aaron Spear?
There was also no official word of him ever signing for the club, probably due to the huge upset on the last day of the season that eventually led to Kevin Keegan leaving the club.
Aaron Spear – made 73rd minute appearance as substitute
But we must have signed Aaron too because he came on as a 73rd minute substitute on Saturday.
Nile scored two in the first half and then completed his scoring after 70 minutes. Kieron Scargill did get a consolation goal when his shot was deflected past goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou. Andreas had been signed on as an emergency last week following the injury to our 18 year old Swedish goalkeeper Ole Solderburg.
It was good to see manager Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Joey Barton at the Benton grounds to watch the game – that will help the youngsters understand they are important to the future of the club.
Newcastle United: Andreas Arestidou, James Tavernier (Phil Airey, 68m), Darren Lough (Stephen Folan, 74m) Brad Inman, Callum Morris, Jeff Henderson, Conor Newton, Greg McDermott, Nile Ranger, Sam Ameobi, Michael McCrudden (Aaron Spear, 73m)
Subs not used: Dan Leadbitter, Dan Williams