There was double heartache for Ashington-based footballers Lewis Robson and Callum Johnston last week as Gateshead College U19s College lost 2-0 in their play-off final against Milton Keynes College at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.
The teenagers had already been on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat against Gloucestershire-based Hartpury in the final of the ESFA’s under 18s College Cup at the same venue weeks earlier.
Robson said: “First half Milton Keynes controlled the game. They had around 75 per cent of possession and passed the ball around well without threatening, and I can’t recall them having a shot on target.
“We started the second half strongly, playing to our strengths, but around the 65-minute mark
they took the lead, then eight minutes from time added a second with a penalty.
“It was another bitter disappointment having had two bites at the cherry, but it was not our day.”
Paul Baker, football co-ordinator at the college, was disappointed but nevertheless proud of the lads.
“I was immensely proud for what they did,” he said. “To get to the play-off final is a feat in its own right, but obviously the defeat was hard to take as the lads played quite well and gave a good account of themselves.
“They lost a bit of rhythm when the first goal went in and it knocked stuffing out of them.
“It’s obviously better to win than lose, but at least we got there and were able to fly the flag for the north east.”