Whitley Bay 3-2 Barwell – FA Vase Semi Final (2nd Leg) 6-5 agg

Today I went to Hillheads Park for the second leg of the FA Vase in which Whitley Bay were at home again Barwell. Last week the first leg finished 3-3 after Whitley came back from being 3-1 down to pull out a draw. Just over 2,700 turned out to support Whitley today with quite a few supporters travelling up from Barwell.

With being the current holders of the FA Vase you could not count Whitley out for another trip to Wembley, which they have seemed to make hard work out if in the end. As Barwell went down to 10 men just before the end of the first half. They made life very difficult for Whitley in the second half, often it was not evident that they only had 10 men.

The game started extremely quickly with Barwell scoring for kick off in about 20 seconds, which looked like the worst possible start for Whitley. But they kept working hard and got themselves straight back into the game after about 6 minutes with a goal from the spot. Whitley took the lead in about the 14th minute with a brilliant finish.

Half team Whitley went in 2-1 up.

Coming out for the second half against 10 men I think the crowd really expected Whitley to add to their goal tally, but that was not meant to be and did not happen. Barwell really put in a fantastic performance with 10 men and really not giving up. They had a few good chances and had a goal disallowed for offside. As Whitley had a penalty in the first half, Barwell got one in the second, and put it away to tie the game again at 2-2.

As it was announced that 4 minutes of added time would be all that was left before extra time, Whitley had an attacking move which saw a cross come in from the right hand side and the left winger hold his run and be able to slot the ball away with the crowd myself included cheering.

There wasnt enough time for Barwell to get back into the game again after that goal. The final whistle saw all of the children run onto the pitch to celebrate with the players, another trip to Wembley for Whitley Bay!

Sunderland 4-0 Bolton

Sunderland went into this game having not won for 14 previous league games, the pressure was starting to mount on Steve Bruce’s side as they slowly got dragged into the relegation scrap which did not look likely after the great start to the season. But suddenly they started losing points and just not being able to find a win. That was all turned around on Tuesday night when they eventually turned it up a gear and really outplayed Bolton all over the pitch. Fraizer Campbell scored his first league goal for the club timed at 41 seconds which is currently the fastest goal in the premier league this season. But it was another striker who was to steal the headlines. Darren Bent the clubs record signing grabbed himself a brilliant hat trick.

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Leicester 0 – 0 Newcastle

With having a 5.20pm kick off yesterday and Nottingham Forest already having played and got beat we had the chance to move even further ahead in the push for promotion as we sit top of the championship. With Leicester having Richie Wellens sent off after 30 minutes for two yellow cards it looked like we would have a brilliant chance to take all 3 points as our opponents went down to 10 men.

However as we already know playing against 10 men is often not as easy as it sounds (no idea why but watch any game when a team goes down to 10 men and they always put up a good fight). That being said though playing against 10 men for an hour we really did not capitalise on this. Leicester had the more clear cut and better chances to score however they seem to lack a natural finisher with most of the efforts going straight to Steve Harper. Then again Harper done his best to help them have a chance by throwing the ball straight to the feet of Gallagher who should have scored.

Disappointing to say the least but after so long this game really did have nil-nil written all over it. Neither team ever really looked like scoring. We lack an out and out goalscorer up front. I was impressed with Wayne Routledge who’s singing I was a little dubious about as I thought he was overrated and didnt fill his potential. However I hope he keeps on proving me wrong, as he was our most dangerous player. Leicester couldn’t handle his pace and quick feet. In recent times I have missed a player in a black and white shirt having a bit of pace and wanting to attack down the flanks. So far so good in his signing for me, lets hope he keeps it up.

Patrick Van Aanholt who we signed on Friday on a month long loan from Chelsea was put straight in at left back for the injured Jose Enrique. He looked very comfortable and confident on the ball and had our best chance of scoring. So it looks like he will have a busy month of games with Enrique set to be on the sidelines for 6 weeks.

Mike Williamson also was a plus as looked very solid at the back in a make-shift defence. I missed the game on Wednesday as was working so did not get to see his debut. He rarely put a foot wrong. Hard to believe he has not played for 5 months. Lets hope he can keep up his solid first two appearances.