By - Sour
The first track (on side one) from The Beatles’ classic November 1963 LP “With the Beatles” is the story of a young scouse scamp pining for his paramour (Ask your dad’s about it, it was never a single but is a top, top tune according to mine!). Much the same way that Newcastle are pining for a win after back to back defeats culminating in a one goal loss to NEMLA Premier 3 pacesetters Liverpool on Saturday.
One could have excused the Knights being low on confidence after last week’s drubbing at the hands of the green clad perpetual party spoilers Leeds, especially when combined with a pre-0900 meet. The team that made it to Liverpool CC (the home of Lancashire CCC while Old Trafford is being redeveloped) in good time, however after travelling various routes and through variable weather conditions were in good spirits.
The squad of 15 featured another two debutantes this week, those being goalie and French Scotsman from London Pierre McIlwee, and former Steeler Ben Beattie. The Knights also welcomed back Standiford and Lacey to the line-up after their absence with dubious excuses against Leeds.
With the weather unseasonable warm and on the back of some good training on Thursday night the Knights started well despite conceding a couple of shocking goals, one from an error strewn clear and another due to not being able to clear out the crease. The score at the end of the first period was 4-3 to the visitors on the back of braces from Ford and Webb.
The second started with Liverpool jumping out to a 2 goal lead in the first 90 seconds only to be pegged back level within two minutes. For the rest of the game there was never more than one goal in it at any time.
The half time score was 6-6, and as the tension rose in the third periods so did peoples’ tempers. Following a huge groundball and break from his own defensive end, Standiford was viciously clotheslined/rugby tackled/mounted from behind as he bore down on goal. And Doc Webb still with his England Boxla tryout fresh in his mind piled to hint at some retribution. Although no retribution was meted out, even the hint of it was enough to earn him a date with the pink handbag.
Liverpool’s discipline then deserted them for a while as they gave man-up chance after man-up chance that the Knights failed to capitalise on a couple of 4 man zones with only a single Ford goal from a series of 5 penalties to show for their endeavours.
The third finished 8-8, and then crept up to 9-9 with about 10 minutes to go as the game became increasingly cagey. The winning goal was scored in somewhat controversial fashion as it appeared from some angles to skip in under the side netting. The Knights’ protests fell on deaf (and as it turned out correct) ears and they set about getting back on level terms.
The final 8 minutes or so were frenetic with the ball flying up and down the field, but both teams, backed by some good goalkeeping, failed to capitalise on their opportunities as whatever fluency seen in the earlier exchanges evaporated.
Liverpool celebrated like they’d won the World Championships at the final whistle, which goes to show how close a run thing this contest ended up being. Newcastle were visibly gutted but on reflection can hold their heads high to run the league leaders so close, especially on the back of the previous weeks result.
And if the performances continue to improve like this, then it won’t be long until the Knights are pushing to get out of Prem 3. Hoo Rah!
Game day awards were as follows:
Bag: M Webb
Goon: Davenport (for pre-game indiscretions)
M Webb 4G
* denotes debut
Season Scorers to date
Andy Ford 7
Mark Webb 6
John Wheeldon 4
Nick Lacey 3
Andy Higginbottom 2
Kyle Standiford 1
Sam Ridgeway 1
Liam Thomas 1
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