It may have slipped under the radar a wee bit but NUFC’s U-23’s had another great result on Tuesday night in The Northumberland Senior Cup at Ashington AFC.
They went through on penalties after being held to a 2 – 2 draw in 90 minutes they were victorious in a penalty shoot-out.
A great night for so many reasons. A good side put out but perhaps not the first choice XI looked comfortable for long periods and actually let a 2 – 0 lead slip. Credit to The Colliers for a great fightback after Jay Turner-Cooke and Cameron Ferguson had give the young Magpies the lead.
Ashington’s goals came from Karl Ross and Craig Spooner. But back to United’s goals and a first-goal in NUFC colours for young Ferguson, son of Big Dunc no less. The striker arrived in the summer from Tranmere and was given a three-year deal by Steve Harper.
He’s been in the U-23’s squad for most league games but starts have been limited owing to the fabulous form of Dylan Stephenson. But with Stephenson rested on Tuesday, Big Cam, stepped up and delivered. He’s said he’s loving his time at Newcastle so far and learning so much.
He also said it’s his intention to make the very best of his time at NUFC and will do everything he can to ensure that he sees his contract out. One thing is certain. If he has the same attitude and intensity of his father then he’s got a great chance.
Why else was it such a good night for Elliot Dickman’s side as well as Ashington as a club. Well, the draw of a NUFC side playing in the Northumberland Senior Cup and the interest it creates drew a crowd of 1,357 to the Woodhorn Lane ground. A record for the venue.
After the game NUFC also announced that they were donating their share of the gate money back to Ashington to help The Colliers develop. A fantastic gesture that wasn’t asked for nor needed to be done but great to see the ‘powers-that-be’ putting something back in to grassroots football.
Oh and don’t forget also the youngsters are through to the semi-finals of the competition they last won in 2018. So, not a bad night all-round.