Tom Heardman

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Little Benton

Newcastle United 3 (Drennan, Heardman 2)
Middlesbrough Under-18s 2 (Wheatley pen, Hetherington)

Tom Heardman continued his fine run of form as Newcastle's under-18s won 3-2 for the second match in a row.

Big striker Heardman, whose size, strength and shaggy hair have led to comparisons with former Magpies number nine Andy Carroll, has now scored five times in his last six games and his brace here proved crucial as United completed a league double over Middlesbrough.

As England under-17 coach John Peacock looked on, midfielder Ben Drennan opened the scoring for Newcastle with a low shot which crept past Joe Fryer in the Boro goal.

Jordan Jowers then hit a post as the visitors sought an instant riposte but Dave Watson's side could have doubled their lead when Luke Charman - starting instead of Rolando Aarons, who had been due to play - headed wide.

Middlesbrough equalised midway through the first half when Jowers was fouled in the box by Ryan McKinnon and Joe Wheatley scored from the spot, although Freddie Woodman - who saved a penalty in Saturday's win over Chelsea - went the right way.

Heardman was thwarted by Fryer as he tried to take the ball around the goalkeeper and at the other end, Alex Pattison fired just wide before Jowers fluffed his lines when put through by Harry Chapman.

A good run from Jack Hunter then set up Joe Kerridge but his shot went narrowly wide, and Adam Laidler saw a powerful shot well saved before the break.

But within two minutes of the restart, Heardman restored United's lead with a good finish before Laidler again came close.

Woodman did well to push a cross-cum-shot from Nathan McGinley behind, then Wheatley shot inches wide.

And Heardman punished Boro as he forced home his second and Newcastle's third from close range after Liam Gibson had fired across goal.

The Teessiders pulled one back when Jowers crossed for Lee Hetherington and that set up a nervous finale as Woodman saved from Wheatley and Hetherington, then Jowers blazed wide after a jinking run from Junior Mondal.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey, Ben Drennan (Liam Gibson), Jack Hunter, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Luke Charman, Tom Heardman

Subs not used: Paul Woolston, Liam Tatters, Jake Trodd, Lewis Suddick