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Newcastle United Foundation’s A team will be back on the training pitch practicing their finishing next week, despite a 3-1 win on the road.

A third successive victory propelled Terry Mitchell’s men into the top four of the National Football Youth League’s North Premier division.

But the Magpies’ boss insisted the margin of victory could have been far greater on a day when the visitors spurned a host of chances.

“With all due respect to Tranmere we could have scored seven or eight on any other day,” said Mitchell.

“We missed chances either side of half-time and still scored three goals away from home.

“The positive thing is that we’re creating so many chances and we’re winning games.

“But I’d like to see us be a bit more clinical and we’ll be working on our finishing next week.”

A two-week break hardly seemed to have affected Newcastle’s momentum as Mitchell’s men picked up where they left off in January.

A strong start against Rovers should have secured an early lead with the Magpies dominating possession and in full control.

But a breakdown in communication at the back allowed the hosts to slip in and bag the opener against the run of play.

“Our keeper and the central defence left the ball for each other and suddenly we were 1-0 down after 22 minutes,” added Mitchell.

“I couldn’t believe it! But credit to the lads they went back to what they’d been doing and we continued to create chance after chance.”

United finally levelled two minutes before the break when Newcastle College student Nathan Beesley played in Thomas Cackowski and the striker converted with ease.

And the visitors were 2-1 up moments later when Antonio Agostinho found Dan Flude and the Magpies man notched on the stroke of half-time.

“We deserved the lead but I didn’t imagine it would take us until the end of the half to open our account,” added Mitchell.

“The second half was one-way traffic but again we didn’t manage to find the back of the next until late on.”

Agostinho was brought down in the penalty area nine minutes from time and the striker dusted himself down before converting to open up a 3-1 lead.

And Mitchell was delighted with another valuable three points heading into the half term break.

“After next week we’ve got five games in five weeks so we need to be ready to take our chances,” he added.

“That’s what we’ll be focusing on before we host Barnsley on February 26.

Newcastle Foundation B picked up one of their most impressive wins of the season with a 5-1 victory against Everton FC NC.

A Mark Mackie brace and goals from Rhys Mcleod, Adam Ogbonna and substitute Marco Mackenley secured all three points.

*Newcastle United Foundation is holding a taster session for students looking to join the men’s post-16 football programme in conjunction with Newcastle College from September 2020.

All interested players are asked to meet at Newcastle United’s indoor tent – at the club’s Benton training ground – from 3pm on Friday, February 21.

For more information, call Terry Mitchell on 07583 978079, visit our Football and Education Post-16 Development Programme page or email terry.mitchell@nufc.co.uk


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