***Obertan, Perch, Gosling and Abeid confirmed in the reserve squad against sunderland on Thursday. It is on ething going to Villa and getting stuffed by more experienced opponents but NUFC looking to make sure they have a team out to do themselves justice in any derby match.

Just in case you haven’t had your fill of the red & whites this week, you have the chance to see the reserves in action against their local rivals at St.James’ Park on Thursday night.

A weak reserve side were hammered 4-0 by Villa on  Monday night and no doubt Willie Donachie’s young side will be hoping to put up a better show against the mackems, though with injuries as well as players like Tavernier and Vuckic out on loan it won’t be easy. Only Gosling and Abeid added a bit of age and relative experience.

Kick-off is at 7pm if you fancy getting along and supporting our youthful reserves, only the East Stand will be open with a £3 entrance fee (£1.50 concessions) but as always admittance free if you are a season ticket holder/member.