Tyne Met 2nds recovered from three goals down at Northumberland College to earn a point, but they were disappointed not to of taken all three from an entertaining eight-goal thriller.
The North Tynesiders started slowly and were behind after two minutes following a slip in defence which allowed Northumberland’s left winger to drill home into the bottom corner.
The men in blue responded well and created two good chances, but Callum Morpeth was unable to stab home from close range from a corner and then Jacob Coulter went close but his snap shot was well saved.
Both sides looked to play attractive football, despite a poor playing surface.
Tyne Met grew into the game and created chances, but the home side doubled the lead despite calls for offside as a through ball was played in and the striker made no mistake from the edge of the box.
With half-time approaching Tyne Met should have reduced the arrears. A brilliant move involving five players and ten passes found Ferguson in on goal in the right hand channel, but he could only drag his shot wide of the post when well placed.
Tyne Met, shooting down a slight slope, started the second half positively and could have dragged themselves back into the game inside the opening minute but Connor Bartle’s shot was well saved following more good build up play involving Jack Ferguson and Jamie Atkin.
Despite the positive start from the visitors, it was the Northumbrians who extended their lead when they scored with a header from a corner.
Northumberland went close again when Callum Harley made a smart stop.
While some thought the game was over, TyneMet had other ideas and they stuck to their task and gradually worked their way back into the game, controlling play in the opposition’s half.
With 30 minutes remaining the deficit was reduced when Bartle finished well into the bottom corner via the post.
Tyne Met continued to pour forward and quickly scored another via Morpeth, who turned in a shot from a tight angle which went in via Northumberland’s goalkeeper.
TyneMet had all the momentum, playing with fire in their belly, and they fashioned chance after chance looking for the equaliser, and it duly came after another pin point Atkin pass found Angus Shearer in behind the Northumberland defence and he finished confidently with his left foot to tie the game up with 15 minutes still remaining.
TyneMet smelt blood and were in the ascendency, but to their credit Northumberland did create chances.
The best move of the game brought Tyne Met’s fourth goal and put them in front for the first time.
A brilliant passing move which started on the left flank saw Atkin pick out Bartle on the right, who set his pass back to Ferguson and his brilliant cross was headed home powerfully by Morpeth for his second and Tyne Met’s fourth to spark wild celebrations from the away side.
With the lead for the first time, Tyne Met continued to attack and take the game to their opponents looking for the goal that would surely put the game to bed. Morpeth went close and Atkin blazed over when well placed.
Northumberland forced a corner with five minutes remaining and despite strong claims by the Tyne Met players of a foul on goalkeeper Callum Harley, who was on the floor and helpless to stop a close range header bringing the teams level again.
Both sides went searching for the winner and Northumberland’s goalkeeper made a brilliant save from a Ferguson half volley which almost crept into the corner.
The referee’s whistle ended a brilliant game of football with TyneMet in the end being happy with a point after coming from three goals down, but they were just five minutes from taking all three after a brilliant second half performance.
Second team coach Paul Robinson said: “Mixed feelings, at 3-0 down a point would have been brilliant, but in the end, after taking the lead with eight minutes remaining, we are disappointed not to be coming away with all three points.
“Can’t fault the lads’ attitudes and desire to get back into the game, and some of our football on a difficult pitch was a joy to watch.
“The starting 11 were all first years students, so this bodes well for the future.”