Baxter hat-trick puts TyneMet through in National Premier Cup

TyneMet finished off the calendar year in style with a five-goal blitz to win their BCS National Premier Cup game against City of Sunderland College 5-1.

The game kicked off in the blustery conditions at Complete Football and it was TyneMet who were on top early, taking the lead after only one minute when a Shane Jones corner was powerfully headed into the top corner of the net by skipper Lewis Scorgie.

It was 2-0 only two minutes later when Michael Baxter picked up the ball on the right hand side of the pitch and drove inside and shot left footed past a shell shocked Sunderland keeper.

TyneMet’s superb start continued after 15 minutes when again the dangerous Baxter picked up the ball on the right hand side went past three defenders and coolly slotted into the bottom corner of the net.

Sunderland did hit back with a fine finish from a free kick to reduce the deficit as the goals continued with only 20 minutes on the clock.

The home side, however, were not to be deterred and kept playing some of their best football of the season with Dillon Blake, Jones, and Baxter all forcing the keeper to make saves.

With 31 minutes gone TyneMet further extended their lead to 4-1 when Mikel Thompson cut inside his marker and curled a sublime effort into the top corner.

The scoring was not finished for the half until the final minute when good link up play between Jones and Baxter saw Blake beat his opponent inside the box only for him to be fouled. It was Baxter who stepped up and blasted the spot kick home for his hat-trick.

The second period was not as action packed as the first which saw TyneMet see large periods of possession without adding to the scoring.

The closest they came was when Baxter hit the bar following him being set up by Nelson Ndlovu.

A stunned Sunderland side rarely threatened to get back into the game as they accepted defeat.

The victory sees TyneMet into the last 32 of the BCS National Premier Cup.