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Newcastle United Foundation 3 Barnsley FC SYT 0

WORDS: SIMON RUSHWORTH

Newcastle United Foundation’s first team climbed to second place in the North Premier division following another convincing National Football Youth League win.

With head coach Terry Mitchell taking the Foundation’s B team across the Pennines to face Everton it was down to Ben Clark to oversee an in-form A team.

And the hosts didn’t disappoint as they defeated Barnsley 3-0 to strengthen their bid for a top four finish.

“The lads continued their good form and in truth they could have scored more than three,” said Clark.

“I was delighted with the victory and there was no standout player.

“It was a team performance and we scored some great team goals.

“The A team is away at Burnley next week and they can go there full of confidence.”

Wallsend Boys Club played host to another eye-catching Foundation win as a fast-improving team of Newcastle College students dominated from start to finish.

The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute when Ellis Swinburn intercepted a loose pass and played in Antonio Agostinho.

The striker finished coolly to settle any early nerves and put Newcastle in the driving seat.

United doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Nathan Beesley found Thomas Cackowski racing down the wing.

A smart cross found Daniel Flude in space and the striker slotted home the Magpies’ second.

“We went into half-time looking really comfortable,” added Clark.

“I just told the lads to keep doing what they’d been doing.”

Barnsley went 3-0 down 20 minutes from time as a stunning individual strike from Flude set the seal on a fine victory.

The red hot forward beat two men and rounded the goalkeeper before doubling his tally for the day.

“It capped a great day for Dan and he fully deserved his goals,” said Clark. “The aim is to carry this year’s form into the final few games of the season and see just how high we can finish.”

Mitchell’s decision to switch to the B team reaped rewards as the Foundation’s second string picked up a first away win of the season.

The visitors defeated Everton FC NC 4-0 thanks to goals from Nelson Ogbewe (2), Adam Ogbonna and Rhys Mcleod.

And Mitchell said: “It was a fantastic performance from a group of players who are still in their first year at Newcastle College.

“They’ve been scoring goals for fun this season but they’ve also been conceding a few.

“We’ve been working on the defensive side of their game for the last couple of weeks so it was great to see them keep a clean sheet.”

The Foundation and Newcastle College hosted the first of this year’s drop-in sessions at Newcastle United’s training ground last Friday as the search for new students gathers pace.

And Mitchell added: “There were around 30 players who came to try out and the standard was great.

“We’ll be staging another session in April, but anyone who requires further information on how to join the post-16 education programme can contact me on 07583 978079.”

For more information, call Terry Mitchell on 07583 978079

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