Watson and Blake at the double in TyneMet win

AFTER a three-week Christmas break, TyneMet College hosted Leeds Notre Damme Sixth Form College in the British Colleges Elite League on a bright winter day at Complete Football.

The game kicked off with both teams having a slow start with neither side threatening during the opening period.

However, it was TyneMet that threatened the scoreline first when on 15 minutes Dillon Blake went clear but his looped effort beat the stranded keeper but cannon back off the crossbar.

Notre Damme did have a glorious chance to open the scoring on 30 minutes when some quick play in and around the box saw their striker fire a shot off the upright.

That warning shot prompted TyneMet into action and a surging run into the box from Michael Baxter saw him cleverly cross the ball onto the head of Blake who neatly headed home from close range.

On 55 minutes the home side extended their lead when Sean Millington delivered a whipped free kick from the right hand touch line which evaded the defence and Blake again got onto the end of the ball to finish from inside the box.

With 20 minutes remaining a Connor Thompson through ball saw substitute Phil Watson race clear and despite some chasing defenders he managed to stay on his feet and finish well under the keeper to make it 3-0

TyneMet were in the ascendancy now and enjoying possession and extended their lead further when a solo run saw Michael Baxter beat three players on the edge of the box and his lofted shot was parried into the path of Watson who had the simplest of tasks to finish.

The only blot on the copybook of the home team happened with the last kick of the game when Notre Damme claimed a consolation goal following a bustling run with their striker blasting home.