Saturday 1st December 2018
Ebac Northern League Division One
Newton Aycliffe 2 Whitley Bay 2
For the second game running Newton Aycliffe drew a game that they should have won comfortably. They missed chances and conceded an injury time equaliser yet again in an entertaining 2-2 draw. They are playing attractive football and outplayed Whitley Bay, particularly in the second half.
The first half hour was dominated by the midfields, with few clear chances. Ben Wood made a good run and shot, which Bay keeper Flynn pushed around for a corner. Whitley Bay took the lead against the run of play in the 33rd minute; a ball was pulled back from the dead-ball line into the path of Brannen who hit a good shot into the top corner past James Winter. Five minutes later, Vinny Gash broke through the defensive line, but dragged his shot wide. Jermaine Metz then went on a mazy run, before squaring for Gash to tap in for 1-1. Metz and Gash had further chances but the half ended all square.
Aycliffe started the second half well. Ben Wood and Ethan Wood put shots wide, and Shaun Hudson had a good penalty shout turned down. Gash got through but Flynn saved again. Aycliffe then went ahead when man-of-the-match Ben Wood finished off a good team move by skilfully beating his marker in the penalty box and slotting home for 2-1. Aycliffe had Mark Costello sent off for two cautions in injury time. Whitley Bay equalised right at the end when Aycliffe failed to clear a high ball and Ardelean put away the loose ball to enable the visitors to steal a point.
December is a busy month for the Newtonians with games in three competitions. Fixtures include a fourth game of the season against Guisborough & a double header against neighbours Shildon. The Boxing Day Derby against the Railwaymen should see a good crowd at Moore Lane with only one other Northern League Division One game being played on that day.
Saturday 8th December
(away, League 3pm)
Tuesday 11th December
(home, League Cup 7:30pm)
Saturday 15th December
(home, League 3pm)
Tuesday 18th December
Shildon (home, Durham Challenge Cup 7:30pm)
Wednesday 26th December
(home, League 1pm)
Saturday 29th December
(away, League 3pm)
Photo: Aycliffe goalscorer & man of the match Ben Wood