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January in the north east of England can throw up vicious weather and that’s what we had last night. The wind was blowing a paddy and it pissed down in the last ten minutes.
The pitch has a rugby team and a non-league football team playing games on it together with the reserves. The pitch is no better than a bog, well maybe slightly better because the mackems coped.
Therefore two teams tried to play against each other and they both had to battle against the conditions.
I think this was the starting formation? We started okay for ten minutes. Carr put in a cross from a free kick that Carroll made a mess of.
Godsmark had the beating of his man and hoyed in a smashing cross that Carroll got to and a goal line scramble resulted.
Then it turned ugly. I was behind the goal – the only place the crowd can stand now. NUFC attacked our end into the face of the wind.
The ball was down the other end a massive percentage of the time. During this time I was trying to figure out the positions and tactics.
This was really difficult to do. Edgar was in midfield about three meters in front of the rookie centre backs. LuaLua was behind Carroll, we were a mess.
Morris, Francis and Lough are not up to it. Doninger is not up to it. Edgar is not a midfield player. LuaLua needs instruction and coaching. Godsmark is a box player on the wing. The new lad didn’t get a kick.
While I was figuring this out with my black n white specs on I failed to realise that the mackems were playing us off the park. They scored a well grafted goal; hit a post; had a header against a post; flashed crosses across the box; had pot shots.
There was a change Baheng went up front with LuaLua playing wide, a more 442 look was the result.
Second half we had the wind at our back I thought it would be more even – it wasn’t, second half we were given a football lesson.
The mackems were really good considering the conditions. They scored a lovely worked goal and could/should have scored several more.
We are as bad at reserve team level at this moment in time as I can ever remember. Playing at Kingston Park is stupid.
The lack of importance placed on reserve team football has resulted in a meltdown shambles and there are no players developing at NUFC. Carroll is a good target man, I’ll watch his raw boned progress with interest.