second string recorded a resounding victory over their Northern League Second
Division visitors at Whitley Park on Thursday night, claiming a place in the
last four of the Northumberland Senior Cup alongside defending champions Blyth
Spartans, Morpeth Town and Newcastle Benfield.
An evenly-contested first half ended with the score tied at 1-1, but the Magpies
swiftly powered ahead after the break - helped by a 14 minute treble from
substitute striker Lewis McNall.
The hosts took just three minutes to go ahead, midfielder Dan Ward jinking into
the box before rounding former North Shields goalkeeper Chris Bannon and firing
A second Newcastle goal almost followed after six minutes but Callum Smith
placed his first-time effort just wide and the black and whites came under
increasing pressure from that point onwards.
Liam Gillesphey - brother of Magpie Macaulay - shot across goal on 18 minutes,
before Blyth levelled just before the half hour after a low 10 yard effort from
Michael Chilton sneaked over the line.
Home striker Luke Charman then saw two headers go past the far post but after
needing treatment on two occasions, failed to reappear for the second period.
His place was taken by Lewis McNall, who took less than two minutes to curl a
shot home for 2-1.
And within 90 seconds, Mackenzie Heaney opened up a two-goal lead when
converting from close range. McNall then nodded in Smith's centre from the left
flank in the 54th minute before Heaney's defence-splitting ball played in McNall
for an easy finish on the hour.
Blyth reduced the arrears when the ball flicked off defender Kyle Cameron and
beyond Nathan Harker after 69 minutes - only for United to go straight upfield
and score again themselves - Callum Smith firing into the roof of the net.
A seventh United goal then arrived a minute from full time, Callum Roberts
scampering down the right and cutting inside before giving Bannon no chance and
racking up their third seven goal haul in this competition in the last decade
(7-0 v Alnwick Town in 2007, 7-0 v Team Northumbria in 2014).
There was a reserve debut for striker Tyrique Bartlett - the son of former
Charlton Athletic and South Africa forward Shaun. Full back Michael Newberry and
midfielder Jack Hunter continued their comebacks from injury and there was a
first competitive game this season for Yannick Aziakonou.
And as for the hat-trick hero, 18 year-old Lewis netted his first Senior Cup
goals on his second appearance in this competition, both off the bench. This
second club treble was accomplished in a similar time scale to his first,
against Manchester United U18s back in September 2015.