Wolves Res (h) Premier Reserve League North
latched onto a Daniel Jones corner to head in the opener, unchallenged, for
the visitors. 0-1
Tommy Craig said:
"After a game like this you hope the players can go on and learn from it in terms of how to grind out a result.
"There was not much to choose between the teams in the end.
"It looked like it was going to be a 1-1 stalemate but we came into it a bit more in the second half and managed to get the ball through to Smylie near the end.
"We managed to achieve the right result but we were not comfortable winners. It was a dour battle and there were not many chances for either side.
"However, we are thankful to have made a good start to the New Year.
"Daryl tucked his goal away well, it was a measured pass into the corner which has won the game for us.
"We are five games undefeated now and we are a very young team."
Former Magpie Carl Cort commented:
"I had been training for a week or more leading up to the game and I felt pretty good and so the coaching and medical staff saw it as a good opportunity to get me involved in a match scenario.
"To score a goal so early on was a real bonus and it helped me to settle.
I had to ride a couple of hard tackles but I was pleased with that because I came through them and I had no problems after the game, if anything that boosted my confidence.
Tommy Craig's Reserve side made it five wins and a draw from their six home fixtures as substitute Daryl Smylie grabbed the winner 12 minutes from time in a low-key encounter.
Ex-Mag Carl Cort took just five minutes to make an impression on the watching public at Kingston Park, however rather than being at the Tesco tills, it was latching onto a Daniel Jones corner to head in the opener, unchallenged, for the visitors.
United equalised midway through the first half when Brittain and Baxter combined down the right and Michael Chopra's header from Brittain's cross beat Paul Harrison in the Wolves' goal.
However, the ball came back off the bar for Carl Finnigan to head in his third goal in three reserve games against Wolves.
Cort was subbed at half-time (presumably to give him time to queue up in an orderly fashion at Tesco) and just after the interval Finnigan's shot hit the post as United almost took the lead.
Smylie replaced Alan O'Brien after 71 minutes and six minutes later the substitute shot his side in front with a well-taken right foot shot to give him his first ever competitive goal at this level.
There was a late change to the published teamsheet, with Chris Farman moving up from the bench to replace the injured Liam Atkin.