Fenham fightback keeps pressure on league leaders

Dynamo Fenham 3-1 Blyth Eagle

The Dynamo fought back from a goal down at half time to take all three points against a resilient Blyth Eagle side. Two goals from substitute Andy McIntosh and a Danny Arkle header, all in the second half saw Fenham home.

Playing at their new potential home for next season, Fenham took the field with two changes to the side that beat Philosophers the previous week – Marc Miller was rested for the returning Ryan Carr, while injury took out the ever-present Alan Snowdon for Mark Harrison.

On a slightly uneven pitch, Fenham had the better of the opening exchanges, Cliff Lyall, Danny Akrle, Steven Smith and Chris Thirlwell all going close. But it would be the visitors who would opening the scoring; a loose header bounced clear of last man Harrison and his last ditch tackle wasn’t enough to stop the Eagle forward racing clear and finishing past the on-rushing Farndale, in the Dynamo goal.

More chances arrived for Fenham after the break, but the blustery conditions didn’t help either side’s passing game. Ironically, it was the wind that would lend a hand for the Fenham equaliser. After one Chris Hewitson throw-in from the right was missed by everyone, the next would be crucial. The Dynamo right back launching a perfectly drilled throw, Andy McIntosh expertly flicked a header beyond a helpless keeper, with his first touch after coming on as sub.

Buoyed by the goal, Fenham drove on and it wasn’t long before the second arrived; Smith whipped in a corner from the left and it was met by the head of Danny Arkle to give the home side the first time. Blyth came back out and pushed for another goal, but the back four were no mood to concede again, the central two marshalled the defence perfectly and in truth, never looked in too much danger.

It would fall to the same combination as the first Fenham goal to ensure the game was safe, as another Hewitson throw was finished by McIntosh, via a Lyall flick-on.

There was still time for Eagle to come back at Fenham – a couple of free kicks and a corner posed a threat for the home side, but later, when the Blyth goalscorer strode free of the defence again, it was Man of the Match, Chris Hewitson racing back to deny him with a tremendous goal saving tackle to keep the two goal cushion safe.

All in all, another great win for Fenham as they closed the gap on second placed Metro to two points with two games in hand. They’ll hope to keep the run going next week, away to last week’s opponents, Philosophers.

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Threesy does it for Fenham

DSC_0217Dynamo Fenham 3 – 1 Philosophers United

Dynamo Fenham made it two league wins in a row, as they took all three points at home to Philosophers United.

Making three changes to their starting lineup, in came Hewitson, Thirlwell and Farndale for Carr, Orkney and P. McIntosh. In defence Tunesi shifted to the centre alongside Brough, with Snowdon and Richards at left and right back. Arkle and Miller continued their central partnership, with Smith on the left and the returning Hewitson on the right. Lyall was joined by Chris Thirlwell up front.

Fenham had the better of the early chances with Thirlwell, Lyall, Arkle and Hewitson all going close, before the deadlock was broken. Marc Miller exchanged passes with Thirlwell before slotting the ball through to Steven Smith to delicately clip over the on-rushing keeper. The scoreline would stay that way until half-time and with Fenham feeling comfortable after break, the away side got back on level terms. A cross into the area was met by the towering Philosophers’ central midfielder and looped beyond Farndale.

The Dynamo regrouped and pushed on to get the lead back, and it duly arrived when substitute Andy McIntosh battled his way into the area, despite the best attempts of defenders to foul him, the striker managed to find his new strike partner Cliff Lyall who slotted beyond the keeper and a defender on the line.

It was no more than Fenham deserved and a few minutes later, the game was sealed as once again McIntosh and Lyall were involved in a scramble in the box, with the ball eventually falling to skipper Graeme Brough to end the game as a contest.

United tried to mount a comeback, but with fresh legs coming on for Fenham and Farndale in no mood to concede any more, the home side held out. The result takes Fenham within two points of the sides above, but crucially, now with the best goal difference in the league.

Fenham will hope to keep the run going with another home game against Fawdon Park next week.

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Match Winner Arkle is Head Over Heels in Luck

Tyne & Wear Metro 1 – 4 Dynamo Fenham

Danny Arkle was the match winner as Dynamo Fenham came back from a goal down at half time to deservedly record an away win at the league leaders, Metro.

The Dynamo decided to face the gale force storms that battered the first half and Metro duly took the lead after the referee missed a handball in the build up, before a wind-assisted chip found it’s way over the head of a helpless McIntosh in the Fenham goal.

With the first 45 played out in the Fenham half, both sides had to withstand driving, horizontal rain and sleet, until the half time break arrived in sunshine. Managing to keep the home side at bay, Fenham knew they had the upper hand going into the second half. Carr, Lyall and Smith all had efforts, before Danny Arkle got the Dynamo back on level terms; great work from Ryan Carr in the centre circle led to Arkle striding forwards and unleashing a low left footed drive, that no keeper could’ve saved.

With the game now all being played in front of the Metro keeper, further goals were always on the way and following a trademark run from the back, James Richards found himself inside the 18 yard box with the ball, the Fenham centre back turned and placed a low strike beyond the diving keeper.

At 1-2 the game still wasn’t safe, but Arkle pulled a rabbit out of the hat to make sure of the three points. A Hewitson corner was headed back into the six yard box and Arkle, with his back to goal, threw himself into an overhead kick that flew across the face of the goal and into the far corner, off the post. It was a goal worthy of winning any game and capped off a match winning performance from the Fenham central midfielder.

There was still time for another contentious decision, as Andy McIntosh was clean through on goal, only to be brought down as he was shaping to put the game beyond doubt. Fearing the worst, the Metro centre half awaited his fate, only for the referee to inexplicably wave play on. The icing on the cake, however, was eventually providing by Steven Smith, as a bouncing ball fell perfectly for the winger to smash home from 20 yards to seal the victory.

In true fashion after such a defeat, the opposition gave their man of the match to Fenham keeper McIntosh, but it was Arkle that rightly took all of the plaudits after the match. DynamoFenham.co.uk caught up with Danny after the match who said, “I’m busy txting everyone I know about my overhead kick, even people I haven’t spoken to in over 4 years” – we’ll be hearing about this one for a long time to come, one imagines…

So, all in all, a great return to winning ways and a result that leaves Fenham five points behind the leaders with three games in hand. With an international break next week, the Dynamo will be looking to continue their charge on the summit in two weeks time.

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