Newcastle Utd mark end of an era at Consett’s Belle Vue home

RUN OUT? ... Gael Bigirimana.
RUN OUT? ... Gael Bigirimana.

NEWCASTLE United’s young players have been told to show steel when they take on Consett tonight.

Gael Bigirimana, James Tavernier and Romain Amalfitano could all line up for Newcastle against the Northern League side (7pm kick-off).

Defender Remie Streete, from South Shields, will be involved in the game, Consett’s last at Belle Vue.

Willie Donachie’s team agonisingly missed out on a place in the end-of-season play-offs when they were beaten by Everton on penalties at Goodison Park last week.

And Donachie expects the same attitude and application from the players against the Steelmen, who are moving to a new home next season.

“It’s a good way to finish the season – I’d rather they played a game than trained,” Donachie said.

“It’s a chance for them to play against more mature players. We can see how professional the older players are in the game.

“It’s not a ‘nothing’ game – it’s important for all the players.

“We know it’s a big Newcastle area, and it’s a chance for supporters to see their team.

“It’ll be nice for them to come and see the young players. There are players with a lot of potential, like Remie Streete.”

Reflecting on the play-off defeat to Everton, Donachie said: “The players showed a lot of character.

“There were a lot of positives to come from it. Everton had a very experienced team, and we had three Academy players in our back four.

“They learn by playing big games in big stadiums in front of a crowd. They got a lot of development out of the game.”

Admission at Belle Vue is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.