First half goals from Elias Sorensen and
Callum Roberts gave Newcastle a winning start to their Premier League Cup
fixture programme at Whitley Park on Thursday night.
The Danish striker scored twice for the U23s here in the league on Monday -
although attempting to claiming a hat trick - and took just 18 minutes to put
his side in front against the Central Leaguers.
Achraaf Lazaar's cross from the left was headed goalward by Sorensen and
although he dived to his left towards the foot of the post, visiting custodian
Max Culverwell was unable to stop the effort.
Sorensen then warmed the 'keeper's hands with a firmly-struck shot two minutes
later before his opposite number Nathan Harker denied visiting captain Pierce
Bird from distance soon after.
What proved to be the winning goal arrived two minutes before the interval,
Roberts acquiring possession on the halfway line before charging towards goal
and driving the ball powerfully home for his fourth of the season.
Notts threatened to make an unremarkable second period interesting when
trialist substitute Josh Bingham surprised Harker with a looping header
thirteen minutes from the end of normal time, but United were never in danger
of surrendering their lead.
The two clubs will meet again in the CheckaTrade Trophy at Meadow Lane on
Tuesday night, when United's reserve side will come up against a more senior
For the second successive
game, Neil Redfearn was spotted in the Newcastle dugout, current Head Coach
Ben Dawson confirming that he's joined his backroom staff for an unspecified
53 year-old Redfearn previously took charge of Scarborough, Leeds United and
Rotherham United and arrives after a brief spell managing Liverpool Women's
team, having also worked for talkSPORT.
As a player the midfielder enjoyed a 25 year career at a host of clubs
including Watford and Barnsley - scoring against us a number of times, notably
during marathon FA Cup battles with the Hornets in 1989.