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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Young recruits show promise

HEXHAM’S influx of youngsters showed promise on their debuts, but it was not enough to earn them a point in their home game with Gosforth Bohemians.

The hosts went down 3-2 in the opener despite their new set of youngsters catching the eye.

Seventeen-year-old Joe Shepherd pulled the strings in the opening half, but it was fellow teenager Lewis Loughhead who gifted his side the lead with an excellent opener.

Following good work from 20-year-old debutant Connor Thompson, Loughhead smashed the ball home from just outside the area on 12 minutes.

Tom Hacking then went close with a header and Thompson sent an audacious back heel just wide as Hexham went into the break with a slender one goal lead.

Gosforth awoke from their slumber and levelled things after the restart when Marcus Burn ran clear and equalised.

But Hexham were back in front soon after, Aidan Armstrong opening his account for 2014-2015 as he side footed a volley from a Hacking cross into the far corner.

Burn again tied the scores but Hexham came close to sealing all three points through Neil McDonald, only for Gosforth keeper Ross Thomas to pull off a superb double save.

The hammer blow was to arrive five minutes from time when Daniel Ure expertly looped a header back across goal to settle the fixture in the guests’ favour.