A crowd of 271 were on hand to see Kevin Mbabu and Sylvain Marveaux make their playing comebacks after injury.

Neither lasted the full game with the pair presumably pre-planned to only play part of the match, Mbabu (who was on the bench v Liverpool) replaced at half-time and Marveaux subbed with 15 minutes to go.

Sylvain Marveaux is in the final season of his five year contract, one of the many Mike Ashley overseas transfers to end in disaster, with the midfielder/winger unable to compete in the Premier League and making only 13 league starts in these five seasons for Newcastle. Then United stuck with him as no other club was willing to take him off our hands.

The match at Leigh Sports Village saw Blackburn Under 21s defeat their Newcastle counterparts 2-1.

Lewis Mansell put the home side one up in the 18th minute and then Newcastle defender Callum Williams put the ball into his own net with 18 minutes remaining.

A late rally saw Callum Roberts score a consolation for Newcastle with 12 minutes to go and United wasted a number of late opportunities to grab a draw.

Freddie Woodman made some decent saves to keep Newcastle in the game and at the other end Sylvain Marveaux put a 20 yard free-kick just wide in the first half, before seeing a strike ruled out for offside in the second period. The Blackburn official website describing the Newcastle winger having ‘outpaced’ the home defence, only for the goal to be chalked off.

It was another game at the higher level for 16 year old Geordie striker Lewis McNall, the forward having scored 10 goals in 10 matches for the Under 18s and almost scoring his first for the Under 21s but saw his shot saved by the home keeper.

Jamie Sterry has featured on the first team bench in recent matches and the defender came closest to scoring an equaliser,  with David Raya in the home goal making a superb one handed save to keep out his effort.

Blackburn Under 21s 2 Newcastle United Under 21s 1

Newcastle United Under 21s:

Woodman, Sterry, Laidler, Hunter, Mbabu (Williams 46), Satka (c), Barlaser, Gallacher, McNall (Roberts 53), Marveaux (Longstaff 75), Smith.