Half time: Star 0 United 0
Newcastle's reserve side were held to a
goalless draw by their non-league hosts on Wednesday night, at what would more
aptly have been named Kingston Water Park.
Coach Adam Sadler included two young trialists in his starting XI, Lucas
Kominiak slotting in at left back, while Alex Solli lined up in central defence.
The home side meanwhile featured a quartet of former Magpies in the shape of
Chris Carr, Paul Brayson, Paul Talbot and Jamie McClen.
A forgettable first 45 was notable for the unwelcome sight of Kazenga LuaLua
limping out of his comeback game after a strong tackle.
His replacement Jonny Godsmark almost made an instant impact, but shot wide on
the half hour after twisting his way into the Star area.
And he came closer still two minutes before the break, when his pace took him
past defenders and goalkeeper, but a combination of the sodden turf and a Star
player held his goalbound shot up on the six yard line.
Godsmark then raced down the left and centred for Marwood to direct a strong
header at the home 'keeper.
United swapped Tim Krul for Fraser Forster between the posts at half time and
the Dutch watched as Brayson's shot was deflected narrowly wide on 53 minutes.
With the rain getting heavier and starting to make more and more of the pitch
hazardous, Newcastle put together the move of the game just before the hour.
James Marwood looked a certain scorer as he latched on to Godsmark's right wing
cross, but Star 'keeper Lowson blocked that effort - and then a home defender
somehow cleared Danquah's follow-up off the goal line.
After that the non-league side pushed forward but failed to find a killer ball
despite some nervousness in the Newcastle backline.
With the rain falling ever harder, the referee finally gave the "abandon
pitch" order with 13 minutes remaining.
on Wednesday night for United was Lukasz Kominiak
(pictured), a Polish youth international defender who plays in
his home country for Wisla Krakow.
The 18 year-old spent some time in England at the tail end of last
season when he was invited for a trial at Liverpool.
second new face on view at Kingston Park was Aleksander
Solli is an 18 year-old Norwegian youth international who arrived on
Tyneside this this week for a trial.
He's currently on the books of little-known Norwegian Second Division