By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
York City Reserves 3
Newcastle United Reserves 1 (Campbell)
A young and inexperienced Newcastle side lost 3-1 to an older and wiser York City team at the Minstermen's training ground on Wednesday afternoon, despite another goal for Adam Campbell.
The 17-year-old cancelled out Clarke Carlisle's opener for the hosts before two second half goals gave them a deserved win at the impressive Wiggington Road complex.
"They had a pretty experienced team whereas we were pretty young," explained Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie. "They were all professionals in their mid-20s.
"Clarke Carlisle played for them at the back and he organised them, while Ryan McKinnon and Lubo Satka, both first-year scholars, and Alex Kitchen and Steven Logan who are second years were our four centre-backs!
"But it was 1-1 at half-time and we did okay. It was a good learning experience for our lads about physical and mental toughness, which you need to play a high level."
York took the lead when 32-year-old Carlisle headed home at the far post from a corner, with the hosts' extra size and strength proving decisive, but Newcastle fashioned a few openings and got an equaliser on the break.
It was in-form Bradden Inman who set it up, with the Aussie youngster's pace allowing him to feed his even quicker team-mate who scored with a clinical finish.
But after the interval, the Minstermen took control and scored twice more through Jamie Reed and Oli Johnson.
Newcastle's next Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixture is away to Aston Villa on Monday (kick-off 7pm at Villa Park).
Newcastle United Reserves (starting XI): Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Steven Logan, Lubo Satka, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison, Conor Newton, Dennis Knight, Bradden Inman, JJ Hooper, Adam Campbell