Newcastle United Under-18s were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town today and have lost their top of the table placing in the Academy League Group D.
Jonny Godsmark – another goal from the youngster
And it was Jonny Godsmark who today gave the visitors the lead with a curling shot from the edge of the area on 22 minutes.
Newcastle would have been expected to win this game, with Huddersfield 3rd bottom of the league, but the Yorkshire lads came back well in the second half, and in the 68th minutes Dave Heagney earned a point for the Terriers, with a header from point blank range.
This is Newcastle’s 3rd draw in a row, after previously getting 9 wins on the trot, so they have lost 6 of the last 9 points, and they are now in second place to North East rivals Sunderland, following the Black Cats’ 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Included among the unused substitutes today were goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, the 14 year-old younger brother of former Sunderland goalkeeper, Ben Alnick, who is playing in goal today for Spurs at Old Trafford.
Also included as a substitute today was promising 15 year-old striker Aaron Spear, who we signed from Plymouth Argyle in August of last year, and with both Arsenal and Newcastle keen to sign the youngster, Aaron chose to join Newcastle. 😀
Newcastle play Manchester City in the 5th round of the FA Cup, and they will have a tough time of it against the holders, as City are currently leading the Academy League Group C by 8 points with Manchester United and Liverpool in their wake.
Here’s the Academy League Group D table before today’s games, and it looks like Sunderland are very well positioned to win it.
Newcastle United: Johnson, Tavernier, Dummett, Lough, Grieve (Taylor 73), McDermott, Marwood (Williams 54), Bath (Inman 69), McCrudden, Neary, Godsmark.
Subs n/u: Spear, Alnwick.