Newcastle United reached the final of the Northumberland Senior cup , the Game was played at St James' park so Rik joined the "R" team for a nice cosy look at the reserves. Around 2,000 turned out , the game was entertaining but the aftermath was most disappointing.
Ex Darlington strikers James Coppinger and his taller partner Paul Robinson got a goal each in the first half. Coppinger had already hit the post mid way through the first half then minutes later got another shot on target .. this time the ball rebounded off the Spartans keeper and onto Coppinger's chest before ending up in the back of the net. Next it was Robinson's turn , playing a quick one two with Coppinger before lobbing the ball over the Spartans keepers. goal,
The second half saw Newcastle easing off a bit .The defence coped quite well with the Blyth forwards. Stuart Pearce was playing probably his last game in a black and white shirt and did a lot of pointing. Aaron Hughes again looked good , you can see why he's a possible for the FA cup final . In Midfield Sunbed kid Jamie McClen stood out not just because of his orange skin but he was the most skillfull of the Newcastle players. He ran the show in midfield along with Garry Brady looking promising on the right wing. Blyth pulled one back through a tall bloke but it was the Paul Scholes looka like who caught the eye in the Spartans team. Lionel Perez surprisingly pulled off some good saves from him but he to probably played his last game for the club. It ended with Newcastle comfortable winners, at 2 - 1
Reserve team captain Paul Arnison lifted the trophy for the photographers (see photo) . If you were a paying fan though you would need a pair of high powered binoculars to view the silverware. The thing was, after the match a table was placed in front of the dugout and the medals and trophy handed out to the players. The fans however weren't privileged to see any of the proceedings as they were in the opposite stand. The spectators were in the upper part of the East stand and were disappointed after the players went straight off the pitch without even acknowledging the fans, some of whom had braved the arctic conditions of Kingston park to support the youngsters throughout the season.
It makes you wonder who manages these events? it would have been so easy to open up the family enclosure so the kids could get closer to the action and even get some autographs after the game from the young players. And for the rest of us, why was the table on the other side of the pitch, a nice touch would have been a presentation in front of the fans, not just a bunch of photographers.
Come on you Newcastle get your act together, think ahead a bit more. Little things can make a lot of difference. As for Softie, he says if they don't Acknowledge him then he won't Acknowledge them by doing a reserve report any more, Thats why this one was a bit flat, it was knocked together by Rik.
I am starting a campaign, Bring Back Softie, or BBS for short if you want him back, E mail him,
For more info on the reserves, Visit the Young Magpies Zone