Fenham returned to winning ways with a strong win away to the side directly above them in the table. After losing to top of the league Rutherford last time out, by the odd goal in five, Dynamo were keen to make amends and they do so in confident fashion.
Starting with a few changes, including a new strike force of full débutante Andy Pritchard and man of the moment Chris Thirlwell. Cliff Lyall dropped back into midfield with Jim Ellis and Marc Miller both unavailable, Adam Kennedy started wide on the left with Player-Manager Greeves on the right. The defence also required a reshuffle when skipper Mark Harrison failed a pre-match fitness test; this promoted usual winger Steven Smith from the bench, to start at left back. Mark Orkney made a welcome return at right back, with Tunesi and Skelton continuing at centre back.
Fenham were out of the blocks from the word ‘go’ and raced into an early lead when Thirlwell found the bottom left corner after some good work from Greeves and Pritchard. Once more Thirlwell found the back of the net, linking up with his new strike partner, Pritchard, he forced home a second and the away side were two up inside the opening 15 minutes.
But Newburn came back and levelled the game up just before half time. It’s often said that 2-0 is an uneasy score in football and this proved to the be the case, once more. Through a combination of unforced errors and the wind, the home side brought the game all square on the stroke of half time. The first had a distinct look of offside about it, but the second was a fine effort from the edge of the box, that gave Farndale no chance.
After the break, Fenham were in no mood to give up the three points and despite having two goals ruled out in the first half and seeing an effort hit the bar, Pritchard made it 3-2 with a cool finish after some great work from Lyall.
Again the home side came back and following a scramble in the Fenham area, the ball struck the arm of Orkney and the ref pointed to the spot. The Newburn forward made no mistake and we were back to all square.
Eager to get back in front, Arkle was found down the right, he in turn found Thirlwell, who cut inside on his left foot and picked out the opposite corner; a great finish to seal the hat-trick and to win the game.
There was still time for Steven Smith to add a fifth goal. Pushed forward after injured had forced Kennedy off – Hewitson replacing him at left back and Smith took his chance, finishing the match off as a contest, by finding the top corner from the centre of the area.
Another great win and the Fenham recovery continues, 7 points from the last 4 games and with the new signings starting to gel with the current squad, it’s encouraging for the rest of the season. This was exemplified by the man of the match award going to one of those new acquisitions, Andy Pritchard.
Goals: Thirlwell x3, Pritchard, Smith
Assists: Greeves x2, Lyall x2, Arkle