Slow start catches TyneMet 2nds cold as they lose first game of season

TyneMets seconds made a slow start to their game at top of the table Redcar and Cleveland and went on to suffer their first defeat of the season, going down 2-1.

With Redcar top of the league having won three out of three, it was always going to be a tough test, but things got harder when they conceded after four minutes following an unchallenged header in the TyneMet penalty area.

TyneMet gradually played themselves back into the game with the lively Aidan Lynn going close. However, following a fast counter attack from Redcar they extended their lead on 20 minutes.

TyneMet regrouped and controlled the game on an awful pitch that was not made for good football and had some good phases of play without ever really testing the Redcar goalkeeper.

The second half started in the same way the first started with TyneMet slow out of the blocks and were thankful to goalkeeper Liam Henderson who produced a top save.

This proved to be the wake up call for TyneMet who then enjoyed large spells of good pressure but were unable to capitalise.

Good efforts from Lynn and Billy Rogan were stopped by the Redcar goalkeeper, but it was Billy Walker, whose influence grew by the minute, who produced a superb shot from distance that looked destined for the top corner only for the Redcar keeper somehow get his fingers to it and push into onto the bar, but Kristian Sands was on hand to tap home the rebound.

With 15 minutes remaining and TyneMet well on top, an equaliser looked likely, but a strong physical Redcar defence managed to keep TyneMet at bay.

Second team coach Paul Robinson said: “An awful start to the game has cost a point. Too many players weren’t at the races first 20 minutes and it has cost us.

“This is something we will look to address going forward as after that opening 20 minutes I was pleased with the performance and the attitude of the players.”