Boston United (a) Pontins Reserve League
5 mins Redfearn free kick 0-1
72 mins Brittain free kick 2-2
Full time: Boston 2 Newcastle 3
Kenny Wharton said:
Anything the first team can do, we can do it better! That was the message from York Street, as a young Magpie reserve side emulated the feat of our senior side 24 hours earlier in conjuring a 3-2 win from an early 0-2 scoreline.
Things got off to the worst possible start when defender Peter Ramage received a straight red card after only five minutes for his last-man back challenge on the much-travelled Peter Duffield.
And when veteran Neal Redfearn netted with a powerful swerving 25 yard shot from the resultant free kick, things looked black for Kenny Wharton's side.
The Newcastle coach acted quickly to sacrifice striker Guy Bates, replaced by substitute centre back Chris Farman, while Kris Gate continued in centre midfield rather than his more accustomed full back slot.
The reshaped visitors sought to get back on equal terms and on 9 minutes a good run down the left from Alan O'Brien saw him deliver a centre that just eluded sole striker Lewis Guy.
Another disaster in the Newcastle area three minutes later though saw the Pilgrims extend their advantage. Duffield's through ball presented Brough with a shooting chance and although he was denied by Bartlett, Redfearn again was on hand to convert from close range for his and Boston's second.
Undaunted though, Newcastle continued to threaten the home defence and within six minutes could easily have been level, Guy seeing one shot blocked and flashing another one narrowly wide.
Despite our numerical disadvantage the game continued to ebb and flow, with toon Captain Andy Ferrell blasting over from the edge of the box, while at the other end Redfearn went looking for his hat trick with two more howitzer-like free kicks that whistled past Bartlett's goal.
And they weren't the only dangerous things flashing through the air, with the game being halted in the 36th minute after a small firework was thrown onto the pitch from outside the ground. Mercifully, play was going on in a different section of the field at that moment.
With half time approaching, Newcastle's Eire youth International redoubled his efforts to try and reduce the deficit, seeing one goal attempt ruled out for offside and then flicking the ball over the stranded Boston 'keeper, only for a retreating defender to appear and block his goalbound flick.
The second half began with the Magpies pushing forward in a major effort to try and pull at least one goal back - a measure of our enterprise coming in the 50th minute when both central defenders Taylor and Farman were involved in an almighty scramble in the home area before the ball was hacked away.
If a goal was to come from anywhere for Newcastle, a Guy finish from an O'Brien cross would have been a short-odds bet and the two combined on numerous occasions without success.
However Boston still threatened to increase their lead, with toon 'keeper Bartlett denying Duffield twice in as many minutes, bravely diving to smother a cross then blocking a low shot at full stretch.
The visitors continued to up the pressure, forcing three successive corners before finally reducing the arrears in the 56th minute.
There were guffaws from the home crowd when Martin Brittain completely missed his attempted volley from an O'Brien cross, but these were silenced when Brittain recovered to centre from the right for Guy to head home.
It was all Newcastle now as Guy, Brittain and in particular O'Brien poured forward at every. opportunity, the latter in particular tormenting the home defence with his pace.
Just after the hour Brittain unleashed a dipping thirty-yarder that the 'keeper touched away from under his crossbar, that was nothing to his effort in the 77th minute to square the match.
Newcastle had continued to press forward, with O'Brien and Guy prominent and it was the latter who won a free kick in a position just right of centre, some 35 yards from the Boston goal.
Up stepped Brittain to direct a memorable effort round the right hand of the defensive wall, exploiting the fact the Pilgrim's 'keeper had started edging towards the opposite post. An outstanding conversion from distance that looked in as soon as it left his foot and shaded Brit's recent long- ranger at Kingston Park against Blackburn.
Still Newcastle pressed, with Boston increasingly ragged and aimless, especially since the replacement of Redfearn not long before the equaliser.
On 83 minutes the winner looked to have arrived courtesy of Alan O'Brien, who streaked away down the right and worked his way to the byline before pulling the ball back to the waiting Guy.
Sadly the young striker was unable to keep his shot down and blazed it over the crossbar. However we were to have rather more success in the 89th minute when Guy turned provider.
It was his short ball that released O'Brien and he looked a certain scorer as he raced into the Boston box, only to hit the 'keeper with his shot.
The ball span up as a result and when it came down, there was the figure of Ben Webster to guide it into the roof of the net, just beyond the despairing jump of a home defender on the line.
The referee added four additional minutes, during which effectively kept the ball, Andy Ferrell reprising the Captain's role in the first team by heading for the corner to run down the clock.
The ten men of the toon held out though, to record a second successive away win. They left the field to the familiar strains of "Local Hero" over the tannoy - an entirely suitable tune for those black and whites in the ground.
In a word, Epic.