Good play earns draw

Newbiggin Juniors U11s 2 Morpeth SC Pumas U11s 2

AFTER an impressive first friendly win the previous evening, the Pumas put on another great performance last Wednesday against a Newbiggin side which had played in a higher league last season.

After a bright opening in which the link-up play between midfield and attack looked good, Newbiggin scored first on the counter-attack. Shortly before half-time, they made it 2-0 after some uncertain defending allowed the ball to be poked home.

Going in two down at the interval was extremely harsh on the Pumas, who had played some great football throughout the half.

The rain became heavier at the start of the second half but this did not deter the Pumas from their passing game.

After some good work in midfield, the ball broke to Barry on the left side of the box and he smashed the ball into the top of the net to pull a goal back. The game flowed from end-to-end without any clear-cut chances and the impressive Walker, making his first appearance of the season, looking solid in nets.

At the other end, the Pumas continued to look threatening and deservedly equalised through Barry once more as he ran clear from the halfway line to calmly finish under the keeper.

The game ended just ahead of an even heavier downpour with the Pumas showing great determination to fight back from a two-goal deficit in awful weather conditions. The excellent Walker received man-of-the-match.

Pumas team: Walker, Eadington, Yates, Priest, Jordan, Sanderson (c), Coates, Barry, Moon.

Pumas 9 Panthers 1

THE Pumas played their first pre-season friendly at their new home of Pegswood Welfare on a glorious evening last Tuesday, against the Panthers.

The pre-season training which has been taking place over the previous few weeks was put to good use as the Pumas’ passing and movement throughout this match was brilliant.

With the Pumas only having eight players available, the Panthers manager loaned a substitute keeper, allowing the rest of the team to play in their normal positions.

Great drive in the midfield and direct running from the wings allowed the Pumas to score five goals in the opening half with a hat-trick for Barry and one a piece for Eadington and Brunton. The Panthers did manage to pull one back inbetween with a fine shot from the edge of the box.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the Pumas played some great flowing football and continued to carve out chances.

Brunton grabbed a brace to complete his hat-trick and further goals from Coates and Yates completed the scoring on what was a terrific team display.

The industrious midfield work of Sanderson saw him handed the man-of-the-match.

Pumas team: Guest player, Jordan, Yates, Priest, Coates, Sanderson, Brunton, Eadington, Barry (c).