The Academy under 18s followed up their impressive opening day thumping of Leicester City with another win albeit from a much closer contest against Newcastle United at Compton Park.
Coach Mick Halsall said of the game: “This was a hard fought 2-1 win for the players as the opposition gave us a lot of problems and created some good opportunities for them-selves.
“The big factor for me was the players’ desire to work for each other and stay together when under pressure.
“The game itself started with both sides playing open football and asking questions of each other tactically. In the first half Newcastle created some good chances for themselves and but for some stubborn defending and our goalkeeper Scott Dutton pulling off three very good saves, it could have been a totally different out-come.
“Having said that we did create some good chances ourselves, hitting the bar on one occasion and forcing their keeper into making some good saves. It was in this period of play we took the lead as Peter Smith put in a shot come cross from the left which went in off the goalkeeper’s legs to put us ahead at half time.
“We did not start well in the second half allowing the opposition to create some half chances which we could have dealt with more efficiently had we maintained our concentration levels.
“That gave them the chance to get a foothold in the second half and again we had to call upon Dutton to make some more crucial saves to keep us in the game. We did play some good football at times but it was spasmodic due to the nature of the game.
“We went further ahead after Keita had done well in closing down and regaining the ball before putting in a good cross for Cieron Keane to finish off with a strong shot and finish.
“Newcastle got themselves back in to the game with a goal we are not sure crossed the line but it was hard work from then onwards as they pressed for an equaliser and we had to dig deep for the win.”