By - Sour
Newcastle tumbled to their first loss of the season at home to Leeds last Saturday coming out on the harsh end of a 12-4 scoreline at Broadway West.
The changeable weather conditions provided a suitable metaphor for the game as it swung from bright settled play to dreary groundball battles and back.
Last minute cry-offs and a traffic induced delay reduced the Knights to 9 men the morning of the game. However with debutantes DJ Crookes in goal, and Sam Ridgeway (the only man in silver and black to have refereed more games at Broadway West than he’s played for the Knights at any venue) in the midfield stepping up Newcastle started the game with 11.
The first quarter started evenly with both sides enjoying spells of possession and several opportunities to break the deadlock. A failure in defensive communication allowed the visitors to open the scoring only to be pegged back within 2 minutes with a Higginbottom tally beating the Leeds’ ‘keeper Gill with a high-high pop from 12 yards.
The late arrival of Doc Webb brought the Knights up to their day’s full compliment of twelve just as the end of the first quarter ended at 1-1. Little did the boys in silver and black know that this was as good as it was going to get. The next 40 minutes were some to forget for the Tynesiders.
Leeds proceeded to monopolise possession by dominating the face-off X, as the Knights failed to trouble the scorers despite having several good opportunities to get themselves back into the game. Leeds jumped out to 6-1 at the half and 9-1 at three quarter time. At which point the game was over as a contest.
The Knights can take some heart from their fourth quarter performance where they scrapped to a 3-3 result. Ford was first to get on the board with a trademark EMO (extra man opportunity) snipe from close range to atone in part for some wasteful finishing earlier in the game. Ridgeway then scored his debut goal with a well judged effort from the left wing. Doc Webb rounded out the scoring with a big rip from top left.
The poor communication and understanding at the back was again evident in the final quarter as some poor ride coverage allowed Leeds’ dynamic attackman Anthony Edwards who’d been largely nullified by the excellent Elwood to score a 1 on 1.
This was a performance from the Knights that smacked of low confidence, despite the previous week’s morale boosting win at Hull. Perhaps it was the late withdrawal of two of last week’s top performers in Standiford and Lacey, or the fact that senior players were either late or on ground duty until shortly before face-off that shocked the Knights into inaction, but another performance like that next week against second placed Liverpool will see a similar result.
Award winners for the Knights were:
Bag: Webb (R)
The boys in Silver and Black travel to Liverpool next week in what promises to be another battle.
Andy Higginbottom 1G
Sam Ridgeway * 1G
Mark Webb 1G
Andy Ford 1G
* Denotes Debut
Scorers to date
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