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Season 2017-18
Whitley Bay (a) Friendly


Tuesday July 25th 2017, 7pm 


Conditions: pleasant


No programme

Whitley Bay

Newcastle U23s

  0 - 0





Half time: Seahorses 0 Magpies 0

Full time: Seahorses 0 Magpies 0

We Said

Peter Beardsley:

"I thought it was really good for them (Newcastle's young team). Through no fault of anybody, we have a lot of players to get minutes into, some hadnít kicked a ball before now, so fair play to them, they played some lovely football and made some good chances.

"They were a little bit rusty in front of goal but thatís normal. Some kids were playing their first football for three months.

"Whitley Bay played well and they were streetwise. A lot of them have been through Academies and without being cheeky got released so they understand the game.

"They canít run like we can - but physically they are stronger. When you look at their big centre back
(Ross Wilkinson) he was a monster, he was a problem in both boxes.

ďItís the start of a road for us and they a lot of them came out with credit.

"Whitley Bay is a great football club and itís run by good people - thatís why we come here. We always try to help the local teams and to be fair they always give us a test. Itís massive for this area. They are a long way from winning the FA Vase but North-East football is still massive. If we can help them we will.

"Itís not always possible, this was last minute, because with 36 players we needed another game, so we got it fitted in. 

"Weíll also go to Ashington next week and Steve Harmison knows it will be a similar group.Ē


Pre-season pitch time:

Thomas Allen 0+0+24=24
Yannick Aziakonou 0+0+90=90
Owen Bailey 0+24+56=80
Dan Barlaser 45+66+0=111
Tyrique Bartlett 0+0+34=34
Kyle Cameron 45+33+0=78
Luke Charman 45+33+0=78
Juan Cumbrera (aka Juanito) 45+0+34=79
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni 45+66+0=111
Victor Fernandez 0+45+0=45
Stuart Findlay 45+57+0=102
Owen Gallacher 45+0+56=101
Isaac Gamblin 0+0+34=34
Macaulay Gillesphey 45+57+0=102
Curtis Good 45+45+0=90
Mace Goodridge 0+0+34=34
Nathan Harker 45+70+90=205
Mackenzie Heaney 0+0+56=56
Jack Hunter 45+66+0=111
Otto Huuhtanen 45+20+0=65
Ben Kitchen 45+0+66=111
Olly Long 0+0+34=34
Sean Longstaff 45+0+0=45
Lewis McNall 0+24+56=80
Michael Newberry 45+33+0=78
Stefan O'Connor 45+45+0=90
Kurtis Russell 0+0+34=34
Mo Sangare 0+24+56=80
Callum Smith 45+0+56=101
Liam Smith 45+57+0=102
Elias Sorensen 0+0+24=24
Craig Spooner 0+24+66=90
Ivan Toney 45+66+0=111
Dan Ward 45+45+0=90
Kelland Watts 0+0+90=90
Callum Williams 45+57+0=102
Yosef Yarney 45+33+0=78


It finished goalless at Hillheads on Tuesday evening, as the Northern League Seahorses more than held their own against a youthful Magpies reserve side.

Fielding a completely different team to that which had beaten Gateshead 3-0 on Saturday save for 'keeper Nathan Harker, Newcastle's Owen Gallacher saw a seventh minute effort palmed away by Tom Flynn. 

Harker then denied the hosts on 24 minutes after good interplay between Jack Byerley and Tom Potter gave Peter Ravenhill the chance to shoot at goal.

The black and whites enjoyed some early pressure following the break and almost forced home an opener on 53 minutes. However, Bay matched the visitors for fitness and remained solid at the back - with Ross Wilkinson particularly putting in a good shift.

United thought they'd made a breakthrough with 17 minutes remaining, after Elias Sorensen released Tom Allen in the box. He shot against the post and although Tyrique Bartlett forced the ball in, he strayed offside.

And with seconds left, Bay came agonisingly close to claiming victory when substitute Noah Summers got up well to a corner but headed narrowly wide. 

A more experienced U23 side will take part in a four team tournament at Whitby Town this weekend, while what is almost a third team are in friendly action on Tuesday at Northern League Ashington.


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