Newcastle put five past Northumbria in Toon derby triumph

Peter Bath reports on Newcastle men's 1 BUCS opening day win over Northumbria

Peter Bath
7th October 2021
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Newcastle men's first team showed their class in the 'Poly vs Posh' derby, winning 5-1 thanks to a brilliant attacking display. Steven Pennington and Tom Romano both scored braces and Jack Butler chipped in with another to secure the victory.
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The first BUCS game of the season was an intensely fought contest for the most part, but Newcastle's attack punctuated the scrappy play with some moments of real quality.

It was not an easy ride for the Newcastle boys, with Northumbria starting strongly, calling for some last ditch defending early on. Northumbria's left winger in particular looked dangerous, but the Newcastle back four stayed strong and were dominant for the rest of the 90 minutes.

Newcastle soon found their rhythm going forwards, bombarding the Northumbria area with a host of opportunities, including hitting the post from close range and the Newcastle number 10 heading wide a beautiful cross ("That's that medics connection" was one fan's analysis).

Northumbria's resistance was broken after 28 minutes, when they failed to clear a corner and were punished as the rebound was emphatically dispatched into the bottom left.

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Just minutes later Newcastle doubled their lead with a beautiful team goal. A diagonal ball releasing number 11, whose cross was met with an elegant flick, which beat the keeper and was in turn was tapped home for 2-0.

Northumbria fought back either side of halftime, and were rewarded with a goal, just about getting the ball over the line while the Newcastle supporters appealed for an offside.

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After a lengthy stoppage due to a collision of heads in the Newcastle area, the Russell Group lads resumed normal proceedings, as captain Steven Pennington stooped to head in a corner, making it 3-1.

Running away with it, Newcastle's number 9 ran rings around the Northumbria centre back to win a penalty, which was slammed into the top corner.

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Although they showed good game management, being content to slow the game down and sit back, Newcastle put the icing on the cake with a fifth, as number 9 beat his man once again, and showed skill, pace and composure in evading the defence and beating the keeper.

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Hopes will be high after an almost perfect start to the BUCS season for Newcastle men's 1st team. These are early days but if they can keep up this form those hopes could well be justified.

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