Match report 

Newcastle Benfield 11 Ryhope CW 1
Wednesday 19th October 2016

Benfield got back to winning ways with a magnificent thrashing of an understrength Ryhope team at Sam Smiths.  Lewis Scorgie, Liam Hudson and Ryu Williamson returned to the starting eleven in place of Jake Trodd, Steven Baptist and Josh Scott and it was exciting winger Williamson who made an immediate impact, netting after just three minutes with an emphatic low left footed finish beyond visting keeper Chris Rookes.

Within sixty seconds, Williamson’s direct running brought Benfield a penalty when he was upended by Bott in the area, and top goalscorer Brayson drilled home to double the advantage.  Incredibly, a minute later and Benfield led by 3, with Brayson chipping the advancing Rookes as the visiting defence wondered what had hit it.  

Liam Hudson was unlucky with a drive from twenty yards which flashed past the post before Matty Cornish wriggled through but could not apply the finishing touch, before the woodwork came to Ryhope’s rescue and denied Brayson an 11 minute hat trick.  

To their credit Ryhope came forward and forced Grainger into a couple of saves before being hit on the counter attack from a corner, Brayson feeding the speedy Williamson who deftly flicked the ball into the corner over the advancing and exposed Rookes.  The race to the hat trick was won by Williamson when he finished off a Dylan McEvoy cross, before a double save from Grainger kept Benfield’s goal in tact. 

The 6th goal came after 40 minutes, Brayson again the architect with a sublime pass into Liam Hudson who finished calmly first time past the advancing keeper, before Williamson turned assist maker for Dylan McEvoy to drill home a seventh before the break.

The second half was a non event compared to the first as might have been expected, but Brayson completed his hat trick after rounding Rookes, before Ryhope pulled the goal back with a neat lob and forced Grainger into an incredible save from a long range effort.  Brayson then netted the 9th, 10th and 11th Benfield goals of the night to complete a double hat trick before young Callum Duncan was denied by the woodwork on a crazy night at Sam Smiths.


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