14 mins Adam
Rundle's corner kick was misjudged by Magpies goalkeeper Otto Huuthanen and
dropped into the far corner of his goal. 1-0
Town 1 Toon 0
Full time: Town 1
goal from a former Newcastle Academy player was enough to defeat the current
generation of young Magpies in a fund-raising friendly fixture at Hebburn on
Adam Rundle's effort direct from a corner kick gave the Northern League
Second Division outfit a fourteenth minute lead and a youthful United XI
under the direction of Academy U18 coach Dave Watson proved unable to cancel
A record crowd over 500 were at Victoria Road West for a fixture arranged to
help Hebburn's fundraising efforts, but the football itself wasn't
Struggling to pose any goal threat in the opening 45 minutes, United lost
the services of Kelland Watts when he looked to turn his ankle over in a
hole on the pitch. The young striker had netted in his last league two games
and was selected for service tonight along with his U18 colleagues.
The visitors were livelier after the break following multiple substitutions
that included sightings of Spanish youngster Juan Jesus Nunez-Cumbrera and
Tyrique Bartlett - the son of former Charlton Athletic forward Shaun
Bartlett. They were both listed as trialists in the official NUFC report.
Hebburn made a raft of changes and restricted Newcastle to long-range
efforts from Mackenzie Heaney and Adam Wilson, working a couple of shooting
chances themselves in the closing minutes that almost brought them a second
In keeping with non-competitive nature of the evening, both sides made
additional changes and brought back on players who had previously been
replaced. To add another level of confusion to proceedings, both Isaac
Gamblin and Tyrique Bartlett wore number 12 in the second half!
Following the game, Magpies coach Peter Beardsley was the special guest at a
sold-out talk-in event in the clubhouse, bringing in more precious revenue
to the club.