105 Newcastle away fans watch defeat to Port Vale side who made 8 changes
A hardy 105 Newcastle fans travelled to Port Vale on Tuesday night, amongst a total attendance of 824.
The young Newcastle team playing their second group match in the Checkatrade Trophy, having previously won at Crewe in their opening game.
The competition kicks off with a regional group stage (North and South) involving 16 groups (eight north and eight south) of four teams – each with a single Category One Academy club. The tournament format sees Newcastle play all three group games away from home, as do the other Academy sides.
Group stage winners and runners-up advance to the knockout stage, with ties settled on penalties if the scores are tied after 90 minutes. All of the 16 Category One teams must name at least six players in their starting eleven under the age of 21.
Last night saw a game of two halves with Port Vale dominant in the first and Newcastle coming into the game more after the break.
Port Vale had made eight changes to their team, having failed to win any of their 12 matches (all competitions) since an opening day of the season win at Crawley Town.
Barnett scored for the home side, a goal that turned out to be the only goal of the game on 20 minutes and despite being much improved in the second-half, a combination of poor finishing and very good goalkeeping saw a handful of excellent chances go begging to equalise.
Port Vale have now qualified for the next stage and Newcastle need to win at Oldham on 7 November if they are to join them.
Port Vale are currently third bottom of League Two and without a manager, Newcastle United cult hero David Kelly in temporary charge.
Gateshead boss and former Port Vale player, Neil Aspin, is expected to be named their new manager, Aspin having not been involved with Gateshead in last night’s 0-0 draw at AFC Fylde.
Port Vale 1 Newcastle United 0
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