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NUFC XI charity match at Ashington - Thursday evening


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Team Manager for the night will be John Carver and he takes the following squad including comeback man Massadio Haidara;


Jonathan Mitchell, James Tavernier, Macauley Gillesphey, Kevin Richardson, Dave Watson, Remie Streete, Steve Stone, Peter Beardsley, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Gael Bigirimana, Massadio Haidara, Jak Alnwick, Ben Drennan, Jonathyn Quinn, Rolando Aarons


BEARDSLEY upfront then? or just on the bench?

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Guest Roger Kint

Newcastle United XI  8  Steve Harmison XI  3


As part of his benefit year, Durham and England fast bowler Steve Harmison led a Northern League XI against a Newcastle United XI in a football match staged in his home town of Ashington on a blustery Thursday evening.


Peter Beardsley opened the scoring after just two minutes and Adam Armstrong doubled the lead in the 23rd minute after good work from James Tavernier and Adam Campbell.


Campbell made it 3-0 just before the break with an easy side-foot finish after Tavernier had cut the ball back and Armstrong got United's fourth, four minutes into the second half with a shot across the 'keeper that went in off the far post.


Back came the Northern League XI with three quick goals, Andrew Johnson of Ashington getting the first on 58 minutes, Blyth's Dean Holmes the second four minutes later and then Durham's Phil Mustard (tbc) the third on 64 minutes.


Armstrong tapped the ball in for his hat-trick after the 'keeper parried to make it 5-3 in the 70th minute and then two minutes later Rolando Aarons sent the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot after he was fouled in the area.


Tavernier made it 7-3 in the 85th minute with a fine strike into the roof of the net from the edge of the box and Aarons completed the scoring with a powerful drive with two minutes remaining.


The game had been pencilled in for Massadio Haidara's first appearance at any level this season but he was withdrawn from the squad, coached by John Carver.


Team: Mitchell, Tavernier, Gillesphey, Richardson (Drennan 67), Watson, Streete, Stone (Aarons 67), Beardsley, Campbell (Quinn 56), Armstrong, Bigirimana (Roberts 56).


Harmison's XI: Sean McCafferty, Scott Blandford, Daniel Patterson, Ben Richardson, James Harmison, Steve Harmison, Dean Holmes, Paul Robinson, Gareth Bainbridge, Glen Taylor, Andrew Johnson.

Subs: Karl Dryden, Ben Harmison, Phil Mustard, Mel Harmison.

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