Dynamo Fenham 6-5 Newcastle City

Fenham made it four points from the last two games, with a hard fought win at home to a Newcastle City side who sat directly below them in the Division 1 table. The game began with City racing into a 3-0 lead, which was no more than they deserved. The Dynamo were at sixes & sevens right across the pitch and the visitors were more than happy to exploit this.

Cliff Lyall managed to stem the tide slightly, when he chased down a City defender and forced an error near the corner flag. The Fenham leading scorer brought the ball to the edge of the box before crossing, where Jim Ellis was arriving; somehow the ball found it’s way in to the net. Lyall was credited with the goal by the officials, but who got the final touch is anyone’s guess.

City came back once more and reinforced the three goal deficit with another defensive mix-up allowing an easy finish to make the game 4-1 at the break. Some serious home truths were told at half time and with those words ringing in their ears, Fenham decided to ditch the 3-5-2 system that had been so lacking in the first half, in favour of a more conventional 4-4-2. The switch resulted in Tunesi moving to left back, with Miller dropping in at right back, from his midfield role.

The change in system seemed to give the home side a much needed shot in the arm, as Ellis and Arkle in the centre of midfield had greater passing options; with player-manager Greeves wide on the right and new signing Bradley Smith on the left. Mark Harrison would have another new signing with him at centre back, as Scott Skelton made his début alongside the Fenham skipper.

If the front two of Lyall and Chris Thirlwell had been quiet in the first half, it would be a different matter after the restart. Within minutes of change, a poor kick out from the opposing keeper dropped to Thirlwell and with his weaker foot, he found the back of the net from a good 25/30 yards out. The ball fell perfectly for a strike to catch out the keeper and the DFFC striker found the back of the net with ease. The Dynamo could feel the tide turning and when Greeves was upended in the box, Thirlwell stepped up from the penalty spot to shorten the gap to 4-3. Game on.

Sensing that the away keeper may be susceptible to a long range strike, Lyall smashed a great effort from the left angle of the box to find the back of the net to level the game at 4-4. Fenham well and truly had their tails up, with the game all square, the referee awarded a free kick around 25 yards out. Seeing his chance for a hat-trick, Thirlwell wasn’t going to let anyone take this one from him and he duly delivered. He bent a superb left footed strike around the wall, which gave the keeper no chance. It was a goal of the highest quality and one which would have deserved to win any match.

But this still wasn’t over as a contest. Substitute Chris Hewitson made it 6-4 with a fine volley from the edge of the area. With only his second touch of the ball after coming on, it all came from a weak punch from the City keeper that fell perfectly for the Fenham man to find the top corner with his right foot. At 6-4, the game seemed won, but Farndale would be picking the ball out of his net once more as the away side refused to stay down. The final 10 minutes saw the home side keep tight and with the pitch getting more sticky as the game went on, the heavy legs following the winter break were starting to tell.

In the end, the reshaped back four of Fenham stood strong and held out for what had seemed a most unlikely win at 4-1 down. Michael Greeves was named Man of the Match for his industry down the right and two assists. Special mentions also go to the tireless Jim Ellis in the centre of the park, and to hattrick hero Chris Thirlwell.

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League Champions

Chemfica 1-5 Dynamo Fenham

DSC_0330Dynamo sealed their first ever league title win in style, as they travelled to Chemfica and finished off a league season with a record of 16 wins from 20 matches.

The game got off to a tense start as both sides went close, before Mark Harrison volleyed into the top corner, following a cleared corner. The scoreline stayed the same at half time, with Fenham keen to keep things tight at the back and it would be the Dynamo centre back doubling the lead with his head, soon after half time.

Not to be outdone by the goalscoring defender, Ryan Carr soon got in on the act, helping himself to a brace; as first he capitalised on a defensive mix up that saw the Chemfica keeper and captain crash into each other, allowing Carr to roll the ball into an empty net. His second saw him smash home from close range to put the game out of reach. In between those goals, Chemfica got themselves onto the score sheet, but Fenham showed why they’ve scored 83 goals in the league season when Harrison completed his hat-trick.

Chris Hewitson took a quick free kick on the right, playing in Steven Smith to cross to find Harrison at the back post, to head home and start the title celebrations for the away side.

A great way to end the season and to start the march to division one, Fenham ended the season with two 5-1 away wins here at Chemfica and at Blyth, together with a 10-2 victory in their final home game against Barca Beez.

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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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