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.