A blustery return to Westgate Road
By Mike Smailes
Newcastle Medics 2s vs Newcastle 1s
Another late kick off saw Newcastle go in search of their fourth consecutive victory in the league to extend their 100% record. This weekends opponents were Newcastle Medics at a familiar setting, the windiest place in the world, Westgate Road - Newcastle’s previous stomping ground.
The 13 man strong squad were in fine spirits with the team social penned in for post match and made the first break through. A few simple passes saw Joe feed in Ahmed who finished from a seemingly impossible angle, nutmegging the keeper in the process.
Not many more chances presented themselves in the first half with the sides swing one clear chance each being saved by the keepers respectively. A jinking run from left full back saw Newcastle win a short corner, from which he saw a drag flick brilliantly saved high to the keepers left. At the other end of the pitch, a clumsy fall from a scrambling last man at the top of the D saw a flick awarded which was saved by the stand in goalie in his first game between the sticks.
We went to the half time break with the score at 1-0.
Medics came out strong from the second half and a hard shelled in ball was deflected in to middle of the net, nestled into the side netting. The response from Newcastle was quick with Robbo breaking down the right, getting the ball into the mixer and lifting off a defenders stick above head height, only to be smashed in on the volley by Joe. Just what the doctor ordered.
After a great clearance from John, the umpires were in disagreement with a decision. An offer for a sportsmanlike solution saw Neil given a green card for his meddling ways. 2 minutes off, minus 2 on the fantasy, and wrapped up DOD (another 2 minus points). Not the best decision...
There were some suspect stick tackles and obstructions and one eventually led to an elevated short corner. An early break meant John was sent to the half way line and Newcastle to defend with 3 outfield defenders. Medics exploited the space by slipping to their right. The post man stepped up to close the gap but couldn’t get close enough to prevent the shot which was well struck into the bottom corner.
A mad scramble resembling school boy hockey was finished of by Ahmed after nicking Ben’s goal-bound effort. Not long after, Newcastle exploited Medics’ defense with some clever hockey, driving at sleeping defenders within the dotted line of the circle, drawing the foul and winning the short corner.
Up steps Lawson feeling confident for a straight strike. The only thing in danger was the corner flag with a seriously shanked hit. Lawson is now banned from short corners. The only other chance for Newcastle to put the game out of danger was from another short corner. On this occasion the keeper got down well to his left saving a strike from Neil with the edge of his leg pad and directing the ball just wide if the post.
Cool heads, keepball and solid defending from Ampea allowed Newcastle to see out the match without too much of a further threat from Medics.
4 from 4 for Newcastle and they look forward to a top of the table clash with Darlington 1s next week where they may face 2 previous teammates.
The MOM to DOD curse has been broken. You’re Welcome Amps!
MOM - Will
DOD - Neil
Goals: Ahmed (2), Joe
Top Fantasy Scorers: Ahmed (10), Joe (8), Will (5)