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Half time: Sulphurites 1 Magpies 0
51 mins Crossley
83 mins Martin
Full time: Sulphurites 2 Magpies 1
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Crossley 45=45 (1 goal)
de Bolle 50=50
There was a first sighting of recently-arrived defenders Charlie Wiggett and Remi Savage
while fellow new signing Cameron Ferguson also made his bow
at this level.
(Ferguson wasn't the only participant in the game with SJP related parentage
- namely old boy Big Dunc - with Harrogate forward Luke Armstrong the son of
ex-Magpie reserve and current Darlington boss, Alun.
Missing were Rodrigo
Vilca, Elias Sorensen or Niall Brookwell - reason tbc. Mo Sangare remains
out injured while Lewis Cass has joined Port Vale on a season-long loan.
United's only previous visit to this venue was
in July 2002, when a reserve side including Coach Peter Beardsley
lost 1-3. Since then, Town have laid and ripped up an artificial playing
surface and are now back on the grass.
Photo: Matt Kirkham/@TownPix
At the same time as Newcastle's first team were
in action at York City, another Magpies XI took to the field some 23 miles
away in Harrogate.
However plans to split the first team squad in order to fulfil both games
simultaneously were derailed 48 hours before kick-off, when Magpies
goalkeeper Karl Darlow returned a positive COVID-19 test.
With Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman also required to self-isolate after
being in close proximity to Darlow during United's training camp at
Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, that created
both a goalkeeping shortage (Martin Dubravka being out injured) and a risk
Rather than cancel one of the games, a resolution was reached by Newcastle
fulfilling the Harrogate fixture with their U23 side, preparing on Tyneside
for their first scheduled pre-season game the following weekend.
That matched Chris Hogg's second string with a Town side
who finished seventeenth in their maiden League Two season - Steve Bruce and
the first team heading to National League North side York City, who are
managed by former SJP favourite Steve Watson.
Given that Newcastle played with two different sides and included several
new faces, the black and whites gave a decent account of themselves and were
slightly unfortunate to lose by the odd goal in three.
On a baking afternoon when temperatures reached 28 degrees and water breaks
were required, the hosts went in front just before the interval. A corner
from George Thomson was met by substitute defender Connor Hall and he headed
it past Jake Turner.
United hit back six minutes after the interval when one of their
replacements found the net; 16 year-old forward Kyle Crossley breaking into
the left side of the box before tucking a low effort into the far side of
the Town goal.
Harrogate hit the post in the 72nd minute before claiming the winner with seven minutes remaining -
striker Aaron Martin meeting a low centre from trialist Jordan Stevens and beating Will Brown from close range.
PS: For anyone who hoping to knock the ground off their 92
list but unable to gain access today, Newcastle U21s are due here for a Papa John's Trophy
tie in early October.