14th August 2001, 7pm (advertised as 7.30pm, actually started at
King George V Park
Admission: £2.50, no programme produced
Half time: Guisborough 0 Newcastle Reserves 3
Full time: Guisborough 1
Newcastle Reserves 6
Once again a contented coach Tommy
Craig praised his prolific striker McMenamin:
"It's nice to have
somebody who can get on the end of most of the things that you create. We've
created a lot of chances in this pre-season and Colin more than anyone has
got on the end of them - he gives you an honest day's work.
"I'm sure there
will be days when he'll miss five but there'll be others, like last night,
when he'll score four.
"He can score
different types of goals - tap-ins, headers and he can also turn in the
box and score. He's got a variety of ammunition.
"It helps the
way we play football, and Jamie Coppinger played some good stuff in
particular last night and I'd have liked to have seen him score a
"It was a nice way to round off our pre-season, though I'm looking to
arrange one or two more games as our season doesn't start for a couple of
another very good goal. He's very forceful when he goes forward and he's
very strong and quick. In fact he actually covers the ground quicker with
the ball at his feet.
"Again the two
Caldwells were very solid and the midfield displayed the ingenuity which
is becoming quite regular now."
No post-match quotes, but mention must be made of the
most inaudible tannoy announcements we've come across in recent years,
even worse than the new "improved" St.James' Park.
Opinion was divided over whether the announcements were made in the style
of the schoolteacher from the Charlie Brown cartoons or the General
who used to ring up the airfield in the Stop the Pigeon. A third
option was that they were made in the archaic dialect of North Yorkshire
hill folk, or swahili as it's more commonly known. Yes, the bar was
The increasingly prolific Colin McMenamin grabbed four
more for United's reserves as they won comfortably at the tranquil
setting of Guisborough
Town's King George V Park last night. That makes it 16 pre-season
strikes in just eight games for the Scot.
As well as Colin, Olivier
Bernard was on target with another run and shot, while
reserve debutant Damon Robson also notched one.
Olivier Bernard leaves the field
After scoring the first two goals, McMenamin completed his
hat-trick after 64 minutes making it 4-1 and got on the end of
another McClen centre ten
minutes later to make it 5-1. He also had one disallowed, which
seemed to confuse some members of the crowd...
| Curiously the game kicked off at
7.06pm, although United turned up expecting a 7.30 kick-off, as
did many of the fans. Apart from the kickoff confusion, it was a
pleasant evening to watch football on one of the more picturesque
outposts of the Northern League.
Guisborough didn't show an awful lot, but didn't resort to the sort
of strong-arm tactics that occasionally ruin these games. A
well-tended surface allowed Newcastle to display their passing game,
and once again McMenamin was on the spot to convert the chances
created by his colleagues into goals - a rare skill in a black and
white shirt in recent years.
Nice to see Damon Robson become the latest graduate from the Academy
side at this level - certainly one of the more stylish midfielders
at the club.
McClen off for a
(Thanks to Craggsie for the photo - he tried to take a one of four
goal Macca, but he was running around too much.....)