Peter Beardsley

By Dan King - Newcastle United Communications Officer

Peter Beardsley has mixed feelings about the postponement of Newcastle's opening Reserve game of the season - but hopes it could be good news for some of the club's young players.

United's second-string were due to kick off their Barclays Premier Reserve League North campaign at home to West Brom on Tuesday night, but they must now wait a further week to get started away to Wolves, after the Baggies fixture was moved to February 7.

However, although the delay is frustrating for many Beardsley's up-and-coming players, it seems likely that a handful of them could figure for the first-team at Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup on Thursday night.

"In some ways, it's not too big a disappointment," the Reserve Team Coach told "It was called off for two reasons, really.

"West Brom couldn't play on the Tuesday because they've got the Carling Cup (away to Bournemouth) and I'd imagine they're going to play a few fringe players.

"And the good thing from my perspective is that the manager, Alan Pardew, said he may use some of ours and that's good for them.

"In an ideal world, we'd start the league as planned but from my point of view, if a few of them get into the first-team squad and are involved then that's a massive plus for Willie Donachie and myself.

"Ultimately, that's our job."