Bacton United A's v Old Newton United A's
Saturday saw the A team make the short trip to Bacton United. With all 3 Newton sides stretched due to injuries and unavailability’s we had to draft in new signing Nigel Cox to the squad to join Gavin Johnson on the bench (I won’t mention the combined age)
Bacton A’s have been picking up some good wins and scoring a number of goals in their last couple of games so we knew the defence were in for a hardworking afternoon. We had a 50/50 mix of youth and experience in the back 4 with Steven Stowe slotting into left back, the returning Alex Farmer and father and son combo, Kyran and Phil Piper. Midfield 3 of Ant Stowe, Mike (Mr Glass) Galea and experienced Ben Luxford, up front youngsters Ben Grogan, Dan Boston and target man Sam Dack. The warm up was slow and not what we expect when facing our neighbours in this local derby but with that out the way we started the first half well and played some good football from the back, through the midfield and then onto the front men but failed to finish any chances we created. As the half went on Bacton started to get the ball down and play some lovely passing football and wasn’t long before they had a number of chances but couldn’t find the back of the net during the half they hit the bar and post a few times. It was Newton to strike first and with a neat dummy in the box Dan Boston connected on the second attempt slotting the ball in the right-hand corner, another youngster scoring their first goal in Adult football.
The chat at half time was to carry on with the work rate, get the ball down and knowing the next goal was important we had to start the half as we’d finished the first. Mr Glass having to come off during the break saw Gavin Johnson come onto play up front.
Unfortunately for us Bacton came out fighting and wanted to carry on with their winning run. We struggled to find our feet and lost our shape and it wasn’t long before Bacton got the goal they had been pushing for, 1-1. Now their tails were up and we had to dig deep to keep hold of the point! Midway through the half Nigel Cox was brought on in midfield and the formation was changed to 4-4-2 to make his first appearance in the Amber and Blue. With tiring legs Bacton really took control and after several chances they got their second goal and with their celebrations you could see what it went to them and credit where credit is due, they deserved to take the 3 points.
Another away fixture this week sees us playing against AFC Kesgrave A’s, with a couple of returning players we are hoping to pick up some points.