Walker Central v North Shields Athletic

2pm  3 January 2015

Northern Alliance, Premier Division
Walker Central 0 North Shields Athletic 0 (att 15)

The weather forecast correctly suggested the North East would be one of the few parts of the UK to stay mostly dry today, so with several games to choose from it seemed a sensible direction in which to head.

My reward was the first goalless draw I've seen since August. As nil-nil games go it wasn't too bad, but for the most part it felt like an average game that just needed a goal to come properly to life, but unfortunately the goal never game.

Both sides had chances, with the visitors most guilty of being wasteful in front of goal. North Shields Athletic were the better team, and played their best football in the first half. The second period was more even, but clear chances were fewer.

Walker Central are based in a housing estate close to Newcastle's city centre. A modern pavilion houses the changing rooms and a refreshment bar, and is separated from the pitch by a small floodlit all-weather training pitch.

The main pitch beyond is enclosed and fully railed off. There's a pair of dugouts, and hand standing on, the near side, but no cover for the few spectators.

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