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Whitley Bay 0 Newcastle United U23s 0

A youthful Newcastle United Under-23s side were held to a draw by Whitley Bay on Tuesday night.

Peter Beardsley took a squad of 19 players to face the Northern League side at Hillheads, with the majority of the Magpies side comprising of youngsters who had featured for the under-18s last term.

United – who fielded the likes of Nathan Harker, Owen Bailey and Lewis McNall – withstood some pressure from the hosts in the first period as Peter Glen-Ravenhill forced Harker into a good save, while Craig Spooner went close for the visitors.

After the break, Beardsley made a total of eight substitutions just before and after the hour mark, but despite the efforts of McNall, who saw his effort stopped by Richard Flynn, and Bailey, whose header was also kept out, it finished goalless.

Newcastle’s Under-23s will now face Celtic in the Whitby Town Challenge Cup on Thursday night.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Nathan Harker, Craig Spooner (Thomas Allan 66), Ben Kitchen (Elias Sorensen 66), Kelland Watts, Owen Bailey (Isaac Gamblin 56), Yannick Aziakonou, Callum Smith (Olly Long 56), Mackenzie Heaney (Kurt Russell 56), Lewis McNall (Tyrique Bartlett 56), Mo Sangare (Juanito 56), Owen Gallacher (Mace Goodridge 56).

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