Newcastle United Reserves, who are made up of a lot of our youngsters these days should really have made it four wins on the trot yesterday against Hull City, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
We say we should really have won it, because Andy Carroll was presented with an opportunity to win the game for Newcastle, when Godsmark was brought down in the box after just 55 minutes, with the scores level at 1-1.
But goalkeeper Matt Duke, who pulled of a number of top drawer saves all night, and was easily the Man of the Match, saved the penalty and the chance was lost.
Nile Ranger has been in great form for the Magpies second string and Under-18s this season, and put in a powerful strike from distance early in the game, that had Duke saving at the second attempt.
The game was full of incident during the opening, and Bill Law struck Tim Krul’s upright before Ben Tozer deflected Ryan Kendall’s effort over the bar from the rebound – a close shave for the home side.
Then Seb Bassong, having a run-out to keep his match fitness, tried a left footed volley from the edge of the area but again Duke was equal to the effort.
But after 37 minutes it was Hull who broke the deadlock and Greek International Stelios, formerly with Bolton, turned in Featherstone’s cross from the left.
But after the break Newcastle were level within two minutes of the restart, when 6’3″ Andy Carroll produced another of his bullet headers from eight yards following another excellent Bassong center. Hull were not finished and Dutch keeper Tim Krul then had to make a great save from a powerful 20 yard Kendall effort.
Although Newcastle applied late pressure they had to be content with a 1-1 side to a battling Hull second string last night.
Newcastle are playing lots of youngsters in the reserves again, just like last season, and the average age of the starting eleven last night was just over 18.5.
The old man for the night being Bassong at 22, with first teamer David Edgar also having a welcome run out.
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Callum Morris (Shane Ferguson, 67m) Tamas Kadar (Brad Inman, 46m) David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Sebastien Bassong, Jonathan Godsmark, Mark Doninger (James Tavernier, 72m), Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll, James Marwood.
Subs: Darren Lough, Sammy Ameobi
Hull City: Matt Duke, Steve Gardner, Nathan Hanley (Mark Cullen, 84m), Nicky McNamara, Matt Plummer (Tom Cairney, 49m), Joe Lamplough, Stelios, Nicky Featherstone, Ryan Kendall, Bill Law (Dean Deagle, 83m), Will Atkinson
Subs: John Leonard, Tom Woodhead