"THE LANG WAIT IZ OWER!" (In more ways than one!)
We travelled doon in Big Al's 'jam jar' (NOT the sheet metal workers son!) and the others were 'International Russcue' and 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer'!
We arrived at '5:30 bells' high up in the hills of Bornley (hence: The Bornley Hillbillies!) and heeded for 'The Talbot' which iz normally wor forst 'port o call' when we come here and where 'Dave from York' and hiz 'merry men' were assembled and hoyin the 'liquid lubrications' back!
It woz then onward to 'The Swan' just doon the road, before heedin for the groond in plenty of time for the '8 bells' kick off.
We got to wor seats at qwaataa to eight anly to hear that the match had been delayed for half an hour coz the referee's assessor had collapsed in the players tunnel and woz rushed to hospital!
After the lang wait, the game eventually kicked off at '8:32 bells' which iz the latest aa can ever remember a game startin in this country!
(Aa woz in southern Spain once to watch a NUFC X1 play Huelva in a friendly and the game didn't kick off til '11:00 bells' at neet because of the heat---it finished at '12:45am bells' which meant the match had been played ower 2 days!)
|1st HALF ACTION AZ NUFC ATTACK THE FAR GOAL|
ANYWAY!---within fower minutes of the eventual start we were in front after a failed clearance from a Bornley defender foond Fernandez and he wellied the baall goalwards. It hit Mee (that's Ben Mee---not 'me' in the away end!) and ricocheded into the net at the far end from us, givin Hart in the home goal 'nee chance'!
|2nd HALF ACTION|
We were 'coastin' in 'the hills' and we doubled wor lead in the 23rd minute when a Ritchie cross from the far right foond the bonce of Ciaran Clark and he 'glanced' a heeder into the goal to send the Toon faithful wild in the end opposite!
Inexplicably, when we were well on top, 'The Hillbillies' pulled one back in the dyin' embers of the half with a heeder by Vokes from outside the box!
The 2nd half started off just like the forst, when Matt Richie missed an absolute sitter from one yard oot with the goal gapin'!
Substitute Joselu (who had came on for Rondon) then hit the far post when it woz much easier to score!
Bornley then piled on the pressure az 'little old me' pulled mee hair oot az the clock ticked doon!
4 minutes stoppage time at the end of the half meant that Joe Hart left hiz goal to try and help get an equaliser!---It thankfully never came and the ref blew for full time at '10:28pm bells' by my phone clock and the Toon players celebrated alang with wor fans for finally winnin an away game after a 7 month wait, when we won 2-1 at Lestaa!
It aalso ended the 'lang wait' for a Premyaa Leegue win on a Munday after TEN defeats in a row!
The lang wait woz ower at last (in more ways than one!) az we made it 3 wins in a row and 4 unbeaten!
NUFC now sit in 13th position in the leegue, havin 'leapfrogged both 'uddersfield and West Ham in the process ----AND we play the latter next Saturday at home!
Who says that I hate Mundays?
Toon team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Hayden 90), Perez, Rondon (Joselu71)
Attendance: 20,628 (2,400 very happy and releeeved Toon fans!)