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Season 2003-04
Hebburn Town (a) Friendly
Date: Wednesday 30th July 2003, 7pm

Venue: Victoria Road West

Rain showers earlier had gone by kickoff - just as well given that the only cover at the ground is the small stand on one side and the upstairs bar behind one goal.

2 admission, no programme.

Hebburn Town

2 - 6 Newcastle United


16 mins  0-1

36 mins 

41mins 2-1

45 mins 3-1

Half time: Hebburn 1 Newcastle 3

57 mins  4-1

63 mins 4-2

73 mins  5-2

85 mins 6-2

Full time: Hebburn 2 Newcastle 6


What was officially billed as a Newcastle youth XI entertained a healthy crowd at Albany League Division Two side Hebburn Town on Wednesday evening.

The pre-match rain thankfully abated and on a decent surface United played some decent stuff in front of recently-installed Academy head coach Brian Eastick.

Headline-grabbers were our predatory pair of strikers, who both notched hat-tricks. Former St.Joseph's pupil Carl Finnigan - who lives yards from Hebburn's Victoria Road West ground - on the mark after 36, 45 and 57 minutes.

And only taking slightly longer to notch his three was Marc Walton with efforts in the 41st, 63rd and 73rd minutes, all enthusiastically applauded by his grandparents in the stand. 

However it was the home side who struck first, after referee Billy Downs pointed to the spot for some alleged offence on a Hebburn player by David Edgar as a free kick was played in from the left flank.

Striker Chris Joyce beat Ben Smith from the spot on 16 minutes and for the first half hour there was little to choose between the two sides.

However with Daryl Smylie beginning to exert some influence in centre midfield and Scott Marshall seeing more of the ball out on the left, the young Magpies upped the pace and started to threaten the home goal, a couple of range-finders from Atkin and Marshall ending up over the bar and in the trees next door.

Once Finnigan had profited from Walton's foraging in midfield and well-weighted pass to beat 'keeper Gary Rogers in a one v one, United got into their stride and before half time Walton had turned home a corner and Finnigan again taken a Marshall pass round the 'keeper to shoot home confidently from a narrow angle.

With only one change at the interval, Newcastle maintained their momentum and another Walton / Finnigan combination just before the hour outwitted a Hebburn defence featuring 41-year old ex-mackem Gary Bennett just before the hour to make it 4-1.

However the home side hit back with possibly the goal of the night, some instant control from Craig Armstrong bringing down a left-wing centre from substitute Keith Hallway before firing home on 63 minutes.

Despite substitutions becoming more frequent for both sides the game remained entertaining, with the strength on the ball of Hebburn's Joyce giving the Newcastle defence something to contend with on a couple of occasions.

Our final two strikes came courtesy of the fresh legs of Matty Pattison, who jinked past two defenders to unselfishly set up Walton and then a lung-bursting chase out wide down the right from Ben Jackson to claim the ball before centring for an unmarked Walton to complete his own treble.



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