conceded four goals without reply to the Red Devils at Gallowgate earlier
in the season, the second meeting of the two sides on Friday was rather
Ben Dawson's Magpies lost by the odd goal in three at Leigh Sports
Village, despite a late rally that so nearly saw them force a draw.
With first team players Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in their
starting selection, the hosts took a fortuitous lead on the quarter hour
when a wayward effort from Teden Mengi hit Jude Swailes, totally
wrong-footing goalkeeper Jake Turner and flying into the corner of the
The advantage was doubled eight minutes later when Hanniabl Mejbri fed
James Garner and his side-footed effort went in off a post with Turner
And it was almost three in the 38th minute when Mejbri played in Arnau
Puigmal whose a low drive beat Turner rebounded back off the goal frame.
Making his return to the side following a loan spell at Carlisle United,
Elias Sorensen came close to giving Newcastle a lifeline four minutes
before the break.
However the Dane was denied by Di'Shon Bernard's clearance after latching
onto a poor backpass and successfully rounding 'keeper, Jacob Carney.
Newcastle's Ludwig Francillette headed a corner against the crossbar in
first half added time, but it wasn't until the closing moments of the
second period that the visitors created clear-cut chances.
Sorensen's 84th minute drive was blocked by Carney's legs, but the 'keeper
could do nothing to prevent substitute Elliot Anderson firing home via an
upright a minute before the end (some reports incorrectly gave it to
Two minutes into added time a Ryan Barrett cross found Anderson, but his
goalbound header was luckily blocked by Carney who had come out for the
Many thanks to GW