Heed form de­lights Clark

UN­DER-19 FOOT­BALL

The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport Junior Football -

BACK-TO-BACK wins for Gateshead Un­der19s side saw them progress to the next round of the Na­tional League Un­der-19 Al­liance Cup and Durham FA Tro­phy.

The young Ty­nesiders claimed their fourth win of the sea­son as they com­pre­hen­sively beat Wear­side League high-fly­ers Wolvis­ton 4-0 at Gateshead Col­lege in the Tro­phy.

Goals from new Aus­tralian sign­ing Fin­ley Hay­hurst, Bran­don Slater, Corey McKe­own and Jack War­riner meant Gateshead com­fort­ably set up a sec­ond-round home tie with Cox­hoe Ath­letic on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3.

Ben Clark’s squad then con­tin­ued its strong cup form as it edged past Mans­field Town in the Na­tional League Un­der-19 Al­liance Cup 7-6 on penal­ties fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw af­ter nor­mal time.

The vis­i­tors took the lead be­fore an ex­tra­or­di­nary own goal lev­elled things up for the Heed.

Josh Moody then put the Gateshead Col­lege side in front be­fore a well-hit Mans­field free-kick ul­ti­mately took the game to penal­ties.

Af­ter a slow start to the sea­son which saw the Heed young­sters lose eight of their first 10 matches, Clark is pleased to see his lads start to turn things around with four wins from their last five matches. The former Gateshead cap­tain said: “To be fair I have been re­ally pleased with the lads.

“I would say for the last six or seven weeks they have been ex­cel­lent and put in some re­ally great per­for­mances.

“They have been set­ting them­selves re­ally high stan­dards.

“While we would like a few more wins in the league it is al­ways nice to win cup matches and pleas­ing to see.”

He added: “The all-round per­for­mance lev­els have been a big pos­i­tive.

“We have a phi­los­o­phy which is the same as the first team where we like to pass the ball and dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion.

“We have been do­ing that very well these past few games.

“It was great to win on penal­ties on Wed­nes­day be­cause it is a learn­ing curve and a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the lads to win in a dif­fer­ent way like that.

“Now the lads have set that high stan­dard, it is up to them to keep play­ing to that stan­dard.”

Am­ble East End Ju­niors Un­der-Sev­ens pic­tured in their new Mitre Delta Hood­ies spon­sored by Premier Store, Queen Street Con­ve­nience Store. Pic­ture: STEVE MILLER

Ben Clark

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