Newcastle Reserves Beat Bolton 3-0 To Start Year Well

Newcastle United Reserves made an excellent start to 2009, with a good 3-0 defeat over Bolton Wanderers tonight.


Fraser Forster – 6’4″ 20 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper

The victory was surprisingly only the second home win of the season for the youngsters, and the win was made possible by an excellent display from young winger Jonny Godsmark, who created two goals and scored the other tonight at Whitley Park.

And it took just eight minutes for young striker Nile Ranger to get on the goal trail again in 2009, when he applied a cool, first-time finish after being set up well by Godsmark. Ranger who was signed from the excellent stable of youngsters at Southampton, scored from 12 yards out.

Bolton started to come back into the game after a so-so start by the visitors, and Sam Sheridan shaved a post with a terrific shot before Jevion Campbell tested young goalkeeper Fraser Forster, from a shot from 20 yards out.

But after 38 minutes Godsmark was again on the move and his excellent cross was dummied by Ryan Donaldson and Dutch striker Frank Wiafe Danquah, back from a three-month injury lay-off, scored with a nice low shot past Bolton keeper Robert Lainton.

At half time the score was 2-0 to the home side.

Then to finish off an excellent game, Godsmark got a goal of his own, only seconds into the second half, as Nile Ranger put the forward through, and Jonny finished well from just 10 yards out.

The pitch was very heavy tonight and 6’4″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster showed late in the game, the tremendous promise he has for the future, as he made an amazing triple save, to keep a clean sheet.

We have a fine set of youngsters coming through the club, and we’d like to see a couple of top class youngsters signed in January, to keep things moving along with our impressive youth policy.

Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Phil Airey (James Taylor, 46m) Jeff Henderson, Jonny Godsmark, Mark Doninger, Brad Inman (Conor Newton, 86m) Nile Ranger, Ryan Donaldson, Frank Wiafe Danquah.
Subs: Fabio Zamblera, Ole Soderberg, James Taylor, Conor Newton, Michael McCrudden.

51 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Always good to hear the young ones doing well.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I like Godsmark. One of those players who is just a nuisance to defend against. I hope he makes it as he has promise with his pace and finishing.

    I just hope his size doesnt go against him playing for the first team.

  • Ashton

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Fraser forster is 6′ 7”

  • scotty

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, like i’ve said in other posts – these lads should be getting more opportunities in the first team.

    None of the managers since SBR have done this -Why?

    It really frustrates me.

    One thing for sure, if i had a son and he was scouted by Nufc, there’s no way in this world i’d want him to play here due to no progression to the first team!!!

  • b

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Especially when you see teams like Everton and Aston Villa playing their youngsters and getting good results as well. Got to be worth given them at least an outing from the bench. I only managed to see a few minutes of the Hull game as the stream died, but what I saw of Carroll in that time looked good.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Comment 5 was by me, don’t know what happened to my tag in that post. 🙂

  • Auschas

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #7

    How about we move Carroll and Ranger into the first team. Sell Ameobi and let Viduka go. So wages saved and no new players needed. Let Charlie go knowing we have Duff and Jonas who are good on the left and rightand bring Johnny Godsmark into the fold. If Given wants to go and who could blame him collect 15 mill for him, resign Harper orhe wants to go let him and let Krul get some first team action.

    I dont think the team is in dire straights. We need an attacking midfielder as well as a solid defensive midfielder and another left back. I’d like to see Taylor go to right back whilst Beye is out as I think he is too good attacker to have in the middle.

  • fostino

    Jan 6, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #8

    re auschas

    these are promising players that you have mentioned that could well do a solid job if given the chance, and would save alot of money if they did come through ……..however this is extreme wishfull thinking

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jan 6, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #9

    It right pisses me off that Appiah might now sign for Tottenham. I have been saying since early summer that we should bring him here. It is rare that a player of his quality is available on a free transfer. Yes, he would be on big wages, and yes we would have to thoroughly check his fitness/mind how we structure his contract but he now looks set for Spurs. Retarded.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 6, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #10

    ed get the sponsors out of the comment box mate!

    We should give our young guns a go.

    I agree withauschas in his post, we can save a lot in wages and get aome areas we need covered by selling some players. Ranger deserves his chance, has scored goals for fun at reserve level, lua lua another one that deserves a run out. No harm in throwing these guys out there. What about Tozer and Kadar? Come with huge reputations and not sighted? I realise Kadar is coming back from injury but whats his situation? Sorry if my spelling in the early part of my post is bad, I can’t see what I was writing thanks to the sponsor sign being on the comment box!!!!

    Play the youngsters!

  • pancho

    Jan 6, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #11

    spot on Scotty
    We need a new first team setup that has the balls to give young talent their chance.

  • TooKing

    Jan 6, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Danish_Magpie don’t worry, Appiah is finished as a good footballer, at the moment he’s like Butt….just a former big name. I’m suprised to be honest Spurs are trying to get him. The guy has not played in 2 1/2 years and has both knees busted.

  • Partizan

    Jan 6, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #13

    As i said many times before….Godsmark must be given a chance in the first team asap.

    Definetly my favorite player along with Ranger

  • TooKing

    Jan 6, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #14

    City are looking to offload Michael Johnson…….we should get in on that action, the kid is great just needs a kick up the arse….who better then JK to do that ?!

  • TooKing

    Jan 6, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Bad news lads, looks like Martins will be out a further 6 weeks, hernia apparently…

  • Nick

    Jan 6, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Great to hear others wanting the youngsters to get a chance. I have been saying this for so long, it’s made me ill.

    The youth side of the club is our only plus point.
    You think Ashley would have told Joke Kinnear to promote a few more, especially Lua, Ranger, Kadar and Krul.

    Sadly Joke Kinnear has’t taken it on board at all and my big fear is these talented youngsters will walk away out of frustration.

    Look how Fergie brought a whole group of them (6/7 players) organically through the club. You win nothing with kids – yeah right !!!!!!!!!!

    Can you imagine just how much more exciting it would be to have a Ranger instead of a Smith or a Lua Lua instead of Butt. The list goes on.

    We have the answers at the club but we are just letting these opportunities die on it’s feet.

    Have experienced cornerstones of the team by all means but freshen it up with hungry fit younger players.

    In essence get rid of dinosaur Joe and bring in someone who can develop yout talent.

  • Nick

    Jan 6, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #17


    Yes city’s Johnson would be a good call. is it Michael or Simon (blonde haired kid)?

  • Georgetoon

    Jan 6, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #18

    James Tavernier is quality fututre England RB.

  • TooKing

    Jan 6, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #19


    It’s Michael.

  • AO

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Wake up this morning to find defoe is having his medical and appiah has signed for the season. just as i said would happen yesterday morning. Downing has stalled big time but we have agreed a fee with west ham for bellamy but they want to replace him first.

    Have newcastle signed anyone yet?

    I have heard you are still wasting your time chasing podolski. I say wasting your time , because bigger teams will come in for him .

  • Georgetoon

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #22

    AO where are Spurs in the league???

  • The Game

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #23

    AO- Spurs are mugs mate. Who in their right mind would want Defoe at that price? Do you not think that the reason that there has been no interest in Appiah is because he is well past it?

  • AO

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    georgetoon- 2 points behind you. Would you rather have those extra 2 points with half the season to go or would you rather be in spurs position of still in all the cups and spending loads of money on improving an already strong team?

  • AO

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #25

    thegame- appiah has been injured for a while. We havent paid a fee so where is the risk? You sound very jealous to me. I bet you wish newcastle would have taken a gamble on him. Shame about martins being out for a further 6 weeks. Pity you dont have any money to replace him.

  • Darling27

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Why the hell are we after Pedro Mendez!!!

  • The Game

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #27

    AO- Why would I be jealous of you signing a player that is not even half the player he once was? I like how you avoided the point about the ridiculous amount you are coughing up to bring Defoe back…

  • David Craig

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #28


    The club have no interest at all in Pedro Mendes

  • Georgetoon

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Our position!

    Lets go through our teams:
    Given is better than Gomes
    Corluka is better than Beye
    Colo is better than Dawson
    Bass is same as Woodgate
    Enrique is same as Bale
    Jonas is better than Bentley
    Modric is better than Guthrie
    Gutrie is same as Zokora
    Zog is better than O’Hara
    Oba is better than Pavlyuchenko
    Bent is better than Owen

  • The Game

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Darling27- To be fair he was class at Pompey. Probably one the few players in the SPL worth taking a punt on…

  • wigaz

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Defoe to spurs. Martins out with a Hernia. Lets Go buy darren bent! he could play with owen until martins is fit then we can stick Mo on bench to count his cash until he buggers off in the summer. Then we’ll give bent the no 10 & he’ll bang em in for us. That will do my nicely! plus if we get Pedro mendes on loan with view to permanent & McGeady. Thats a nice injection of attacking players & creativity.

  • leon in Germany

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Reports over here say Newcastle have made a 4m bid for Tranquillo Barnetta.

  • The Game

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Very much doubt 4mill will be enough to get Barnetta. I think he would come, but surely Leverkusen will not even think twice about that bid.

  • AO

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #34

    thegame- i didnt realise you have followed appiahs career so closely. Pompey owe us money for defoe,kaboul and mendes so i doubt we have hardly paid anything. Teams that want to do well will pay that bit extra to get to where they want to be. Being in the relegation dogfight and giving your manager no money might be acceptable for your club but i like to think spurs aim higher.

    I hope that awnsers your question.

  • leon in Germany

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #35

    AO isn’t that what you did in the summer???

  • David Craig

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #36


    Your obviously pleased with the signing of Defoe however there are substantial funds available to add to Newcastles squad and they are very close to bringing in new signings

  • HAMM14

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #37


    It looks like you where right. Theres a good chance i will be saying well done to you as promised. Defoe is a gd player but he isnt living up to the form he was shwoing when he first went to pompey so ÂŁ15 mill is a bit over priced like the best example of you lot getting mugged was bentley gd player but way over priced and also the Gomes the Brazillian David James. Downing gd player but i cant see him improving your team tho he is ok for the Smoggies but thats cus their team doesnt have that much quailty so i think you are going to be fleeced again as i said yesterday the Spuds are reminding me of Leeds Utd

  • toonfan1

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #38

    David Craig:

    How do you know that we are close to signings? Whats your source? I seem to remember Big Willie doing the same in the summer…

  • Rohan

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #39

    David Craig- You say there are funds available, yet JFK is lokking to sell players and sign players on loan?

  • AO

    Jan 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #40

    david craig- You have come from nowhere and are getting everyones hopes up yet it is obvious you dont know anything.

    If you are in the know please name names otherwise you just look like an idiot.


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