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Fundraising game attracts record crowd

Written by Dan King

Hebburn Town attracted a record crowd as a Newcastle United XI played a fundraising match at Hebburn Sports & Social Ground on Tuesday night.

The Ebac Northern League Division Two side are battling to stay afloat and, with falling gates, a lack of sponsors and increased costs, there is a real possibility that the final whistle could blow on 105 years of footballing history.

However, a 530 crowd brought in some much-needed cash for the Magpies' non-league neighbours, while coach Peter Beardsley also held a sold-out question and answer session after the game.

Former Darlington and Carlisle winger Adam Rundle scored the only goal of the game, netting direct from a corner inside the opening 20 minutes.

And despite a lively showing from Danish teenager Elias Sorensen, a young United side struggled to create many chances to equalise.

However, Beardsley told nufc.co.uk: "It worked out well. They had a record crowd and were very hospitable towards us.

"Hopefully they got out of it everything they wanted and we were happy to help out."

Newcastle United XI: Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Gideon Adu-Peprah, Matthew Longstaff, Yannick Aziakonou, Lewis Gibson, Craig Spooner, Mo Sangare, Elias Sorensen, Kelland Watts, Adam Wilson

Substitutes: Will Brown, Isaac Gamblin, Kieren Aplin, Mackenzie Heaney, Callum Smith, Mace Goodridge

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