Bolton Wanderers Res (h) Premier Reserve League North
14 mins Vaz
Lacking first team squad reinforcements due to our busy league and cup campaigns, coach Tommy Craig was forced to field a glorified youth team side on Monday evening.
And although they lost by a single goal on a wet and miserable night at Kingston Park, there was no lack of effort from the toon youngsters.
Frustratingly for the small crowd though, United proved incapable of fashioning decent goalscoring opportunities, despite having the likes of O'Brien, McClen and Brittain in midfield.
Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored from close range for the visitors on 14 minutes.
By then though time we had already been forced to reshuffle our lineup, U15 striker Mark Doninger coming in for his debut after Carl Finnigan went off with a broken nose on seven minutes.
Both Doninger and strike partner Marc Walton had half-chances in a first half that we shaded, with Liam Atkin's shot past the post on 40 minutes and Kris Gate's long range strike in added time being our best efforts.
A further change had been required before the interval
when Martin Brittain left the field to be replaced by Nicky Deverdics and within
10 minutes of the restart we'd used all three subs as Michael Terrell made his
debut at this level in place of Daryl Smylie.
We're still to win a reserve game in 2005 after six attempts and show precious little sign of changing that record - and on nights like these it's hard to make a case for playing these games, never mind watching them.....