Newcastle United’s Beardsley remains a fans’ favourite

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Newcastle United’s Peter Beardsley will forever be hailed as a fans’ favourite after his playing days at St James’ Park.

And on Thursday night he was again the focal point of attention as he brought the Magpies’ youngsters to Woodhorn Lane for a friendly against Ashington.

There were supporters of all ages amongst a crowd of 529, and Beardsley did not let them down.

The football development manager for the Toon was last man back into the dressing rooms after being more than happy to oblige by signing autographs and having his photograph taken for at least 20 minutes following the final whistle.

In the action on the field, Beardsley looked on as strikers Jonathyn Quinn and Tom Heardman both scored twice as his side cruised to a 5-1 victory.

The Magpies were quickly out of the traps and took control early with two goals in as many minutes.

In the eighth minute Quinn netted with a low right foot shot after a swift one-two, then Alex Gilliead, who was prominent in the first period, jinked inside the box before scoring with an assured finish.

However, in the 12th minute the Colliers reduced the arrears with a terrific goal from former Toon player Marc Walton.

Lance McGlen played the ball forward for Walton who rifled his shot high into the roof of the net, giving keeper Fred Woodman no chance.

But six minutes later Newcastle restored their two-goal cushion when keeper Chris Bannon rolled the ball out to Richard Flynn and when the centre back attempted to play it back, his pass fell short and was seized on by Heardman who slotted home.

Kyle Downey and Glen Taylor dragged efforts wide then right on the stroke of half-time, substitute Shaun Gibson had an opportunity but his weak shot was easily dealt with by Woodman.

On the hour the visitors added a fourth when Gilliead crossed for Heardman to finish well, then in the 82nd minute Quinn headed home wide of Bannon.

Ashington: Bannon, McGlen, Novak, Oliver, Flynn, J Taylor, Barratt, Slaughter, Walton, G Taylor, Downey. Subs: Egen, Pattinson, Hayton, Gibson, B Middleton, Barnard.

Newcastle United XI: Woodman, Olley, Gibson, Satka, McKinnon, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Quinn, Heardman, Smith, Roberts. Subs: Barlaser, Williams, Cameron, Drennan, Pearson.

Attendance: 529.