Ground number 359
Date of First Visit: 2nd November 2022
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Birtley
Newcastle United U15s 0
Leeds United U15s 5
Under 15s Flooit Cup
Attendance: 222 (estimated)
We foond oot aboot this game at short notice through a twitter post from Birtley Town FC who said that they were hosting this game at their groond!
Az a'd never seen a Toon team play there, aa booked a days holiday from work so aa could gan
On the day of the game there woz torrential rain and there were fears that the pitch would be waaterlogged and the game caalled off!
However, the rain finally stopped and so aa heeded south to Bortley for the '6:30 bells' kick off in mee 'canny tranny' van!
Fellow NUFC mad-sad groundhopper Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer woz there, but Glennn from Ashington wasn't!--He couldn't wangle a day off work at such short notice, unlike me! (He woz devastated!)
Anyway! The game kicked off 5 minutes orly (?) and both teams went for the forst goal! We hit the bar orly on and Leeedz had 3 chances thwarted by the Toon goalie! (Az this woz an under 15 game, the rules are that nee names are published or team sheets available!) The groond iz reet next to the East Coast Main Line and passenger and goods trains hurtled passed az the game progressed!
It woz nil-nil at half time, which woz a fair reflection of the forst half!
However! The 2nd half woz completely different az Leeedz youngins ran riot!
A penalty woz given to them after one of their strikers woz felled in the box by wor keeper!
Their number 9 hit it straight doon the middle to open the scorin!
It woz soon 2-0 to them when their lanky number 6 rose above wor defence to double Leeedz lead!
The floodgates then opened (even though it wasn't raining!) when their number 10 fired home!
Leeedz number 9 then got hiz 2nd goal with a brilliant lob ower wor keeper!
The rout woz completed at the death az we were makin wor way to the exit gate, to complete the 0-5 scoreline (divvint naa who got their 5th az we couldn't see az we were a canny distance from the action by this time!)
Great that a new groond had been added to the seemingly never ending list--but the result wasn't so great!---woz it!
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