TYNEMOUTH United Yellows Under-11s got back to winning ways at the weekend with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Cramlington United.
The deciding factors in the game were the strong wind and the sloping pitch and the Yellows took an early advantage of these when Will Foster grabbed the only goal of the game with only two minutes on the clock.
An early corner was taken by Matthew Walker and it found Foster on the edge of the home team’s box.
He took one touch to control it and then coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
This early advantage gave the Yellows instant confidence and they quickly settled into their stride.
Luca Buzzeo and Matthew Walker provided the flair in midfield whilst Joseph Patsalos, Harry Richardson and Joseph Darwent provided the grit which broke down every Cramlington advance.
Some good one touch football from the home side finally saw them go close.
The Yellows went close when a Billy Stewart free kick found Buzzeo and he set up Foster who was only denied by a timely tackle.
Yellows’ back four of Patrick Holliman, Billy Stewart, Adam Hay and Daniel Jackson were comfortable in defence and made sure stand-in keeper Oliver Harrison had little to do throughout the first half.
Some neat ball play from David Chandler and Joseph Patsalos saw the Yellows mount another attack, but this was dealt with well by the Cramlington defence.
With the advantage of the wind, Tynemouth spent the remainder of the first period camped out in the home team’s half, but they just could not add to their total despite having six corners, mostly won by Matthew Walker.
If the Yellows had the advantage of the wind earlier in the game, it was the turn of Cramlington to take full advantage.
Daniel Jackson, the second half stand-in keeper, was well shielded by his defence and at times there was some “pin ball” style defending which although not pretty to watch, it was very effective.
Then Adam Hay disposed the Cramlington left winger and played in Foster, who set up Buzzeo who was denied at the last second.
Cramlington made every effort to level the score but that elusive goal never came, due in part to the assured performance from man of the match, Patrick Holliman.
The match ended with a 1-0 victory for the Yellows.