Newcastle Reserves beat second placed Wigan Athletic yesterday, to go 3 points clear at the top of the Barclays Reserve League North.
Nile Ranger - scores first goal with acrobatic volley
And Nile Ranger, who was an unused sub on Sunday at Sunderland, reminded manager Alan Pardew of his tremendous potential by bagging a great hat-trick.
Newcastle won rather easily against Wigan 5-1 at the Benton Training Center yesterday afternoon, after Wigan had beaten Newcastle in early November at Robin Park Arena in Wigan to go top of the league.
And certainly Nile did what he needs to do to further his career at Newcastle – score those goals.
Remember it wasn’t until this time last year, that Andy started to score goals on a regular basis for the Newcastle first team, and at the time Andy had just turned 21.
Nile doesn’t turn 20 until April, so he still has time to start doing that, and he must keep working on his game.
All three goals were very well taken and Nile looked the consummate striker yesterday.
This is what Nile said after the game:
“The second goal, Gos played it to me down the line, I saw space and then just got at him. I then went past the center-back and stuck it in the corner.”
“For the third it was a great ball by Fergie. He’s done well this season, a good left foot and quick feet. He’s put me in and I had so much time that I couldn’t really miss.”
“When you score a hat-trick it’s always enjoyable, but we’ve gone out there as a team and everyone worked their socks off.”
“When I’m called upon and Pete wants me to play and have a run out, I do my part.”
And some other senior Newcastle players got a run out yesterday too, including 20 year-old Dan Gosling, who got a full game under his belt to sharpen him up, and Dan is looking very good already.
This is what a pleased manager Peter Beardsley said after the game:
“There were a lot of plusses today. Perchy (James Perch) was outstanding in terms of his attitude.”
“And it was great for Dan Gosling to get 90 minutes under his belt, and obviously Nile Ranger scored a hat-trick as well.”
Since Alan Pardew arrived at the club there’s something he hasn’t liked about Nile Ranger.
And that seems to be that he thinks the lad is missing the determination needed to become a star, and of course Andy Carroll has that desire in abundance – as Andy is a keen learner and works like crazy in training.
Apparently that’s not so with the 19 year old, and it’s something that Alan still wants to see from the Londoner.
Nile Ranger would do very well to listen to exactly what Alan tells him to do, and what Peter tells him to do – and just do it!
It’s not easy to be a top star in football, and often you don’t see all the hard work some of the players put in behind the scenes.
David Beckham may be one of the best examples of a player who has worked his socks off all his career to get the best out of himself.
He still plays the game with the enthusiasm he had when he was a kid, and he hasn’t let his world-wide fame go to his head at all – and in that way David has become a wonderful role model for the youngsters.
Nile would do well to follow the example of Beckham, inasmuch as how he trains hard every single day.
So keep your head down Nile, and you could even become part of a deadly strike partnership at Newcastle with Andy Carroll in the next year or so.
We hope that’s the case – but it’s completely up to you.