Blyth Spartans 3 Newcastle United U23s 0
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a 3-0 defeat against National League North outfit Blyth Spartans at Croft Park in their penultimate pre-season fixture.
Chris Hogg's side conceded twice in the opening 45 minutes following Robbie Dale's penalty and Dan Maguire's glancing header on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors went close to halving the deficit as Trialist struck the crossbar with a vicious effort from the edge of the box before forward Lewis McNall close-range tap-in rounded off the friendly victory in front of 1,148 spectators.
The young Magpies headed into the pre-season friendly encounter following a heavy 4-1 defeat against National League North outfit Gateshead on Saturday but had beaten Spartans 7-2 in their last encounter back in February 2019.
Goalkeeper Dan Langley, who made his senior debut for the Magpies against York City last month, started in between the sticks while Matt Bondswell, who also made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute during United's 3-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers, lined up for United's youngsters.
Newcastle created the opening goalscoring opportunity as teenage midfielder Reagan Thomson, a representative Scotland at under-17 level, fired an effort towards goal from the edge of the penalty area, after a neat touch and pass from forward Cameron Ferguson, son of former Magpie striker Duncan, but the midfielder's effort was comfortbaly held by Blyth goalkeeper Alex Mitchell.
In the 15th minute, Blyth were awarded a penalty as striker Dan Maguire latched onto a lofted ball before being brought down by defender Oisín McEntee, with Blyth favourite Robbie Dale converting the spot-kick, sending Langley the wrong way in the process.
United's second-string were fortunate not to fall behind further after JJ O'Donnell glanced Nicky Deverdics' free-kick beyond Langley but the former Gateshead midfielder had strayed into an offside position.
Dale went close to doubling his and the hosts' tally after attempting an audacious lob from distance but the effort was saved with ease by Langley.
In the 44th minute, Blyth extended their advantage before the half-time whistle through Maguire's header after connecting with Deverdic's in-swinging delivery which flew past the diving Langley.
United began the second-half on strong terms, going agonisingly close to reducing the deficit as Trialist, a half-time substitute, cut quickly inside from the left flank but his fierce strike crashed off the woodwork.
In the 72nd minute, Blyth added a third through McNall. After Connor Thomson's dangerous pass put Trialist through on goal, his shot was saved by Langley but the ball rolled kindly into McNall's path, who slotted the ball into an empty net.
United's second-string face Liverpool Under-23s on Sunday, 8th August in their final pre-season fixture, which takes place at Kirkby Academy behind closed doors (kick-off 1pm BST), before beginning their Premier League 2 campaign at home to Reading on Monday, 16th August.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Joe Oliver (Ryan Barrett 63), Oisín McEntee, Brad Cross, Matt Bondswell (Remi Savage 46), Niall Brookwell (c), Reagan Thomson (Lucas De Bolle 46), Stan Flaherty (Charlie Wiggett 78), Rosaire Longelo (Adam Wilson 63), Rodrigo Vilca (Trialist 46), Cameron Ferguson (Dylan Stephenson 63).
Subs not used: Max Thompson.