Newcastle Reserves won their game against Liverpool last night 3-2 at Whitley Park, and go 5 points clear of the Barclays Premier League North Reserves League.
Michael Richardson – after scoring with scorcher last night
They have taken 13 points from their 5 games, with the only time they were unable yo win, being the 1-1 draw at Wolves in late August.
Liverpool went ahead in the first half, but then the forgotten man, Nile Ranger, put Newcastle ahead with two quick goals shortly after half time, and then Michael Richardson hit a great third goal from 25 yards out after 57 minutes to put the lads 3-1 up.
Liverpool came back with another goal to make it interesting, but the Newcastle side registered their fourth win in five games in the league, in what was the debut game for Willie Donachie as the Reserve Team manager.
But Liverpool had chances late in the game, and could have so easily come away with a draw on the night.
This is what local lad Michael Richardson told the Newcastle official site after the game:
“It was a decent goal – Nile’s done a good pass across and I’ve had a lot of time to think about it,” “I took a touch and had a look as the defenders didn’t really close me down quickly enough, and I just used the wind and bent it in the corner away from the keeper.”
“When we went 2-1 up I think we were on top; we’d scored two goals, they went a bit down and that third one I thought would have killed them off.”
“But fair play to them, they came back, they got one and they put us under a bit of pressure and maybe should have equalised. I think a draw would have been fair in the end but we’ve done well to get a win and keep our unbeaten record going as well.”
“It’s always good whatever team you’re playing in if you’ve got confidence, and it’s going to help to get results.” “But it’s not always about results for us – we want to play well. For the first 20 minutes of the first half and first 20 minutes of the second half we passed it well and we pressured well, and then I think we died off in both halves.”
“So that could be something we’d look to improve on; concentration and keeping focused. But a win’s a good result for us and we’re very happy with that.”
Former plumber Michael signed on at his local club a year last summer from Walker Central, and late in the season even made a few appearances on the Newcastle bench, during the injury crisis the first team suffered late in the season.
But of course the Newcastle bench is a lot stronger these days, withe seven new players signed over the summer, and at least one more expected in January.
Michael had a loan spell at at Leyton Orient earlier this season, and he may be sent out on loan again, and it was certainly a sweet strike from the red-headed youngster last night.
19 year-old Richardson just wants to keep his head down and keep on improving, wherever he plays:
“I just want to keep pushing on. You’ve got to keep playing the best you can in the Reserves every week to get that chance.
“It’s not just going to come overnight – you have to work at it for weeks and work hard on the training ground to make it all pay off.
“So I’ll keep working hard in training and in the Reserve games to try and impress, and you never know what’ll happen.”
John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were all at the game last night, in addition to Donachie, and Tamas Kadar, the Hungarian International defender, captained the Newcastle side.