Match report

West Allotment Celtic 1 Newcastle Benfield 5
Wednesday 12th October 2016

Tonight was the first of at least three Coach Lane Clasico games between Newcastle Benfield and West Allotment, this game being a cup match. West Allotment had two players in Matty McCarthy and Dillon Blake who were with the successful Benfield under 18 team and they would be out to show the management what they had missed, so a competitive match was envisaged.

It was the visitors who started quickly on the front foot and went ahead in the 7th minute, Jake Trodd gained possession of the ball before passing to Matty Cornish, the winger then played in Paul Brayson who was strongly tackled and with Benfield appealing for a free kick the ball rebounded back to MATTY CORNISH who struck a sweet 20 yard volley low into the net making the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

I didn’t take long for Benfield to get a second goal, it all started back in the Benfield half when Tom McNamee passed to Mousa Bakhti, and he in turn rolled the ball down the left wing to Liam Hudson. Despite being heavily marked by Marc Allen Hudson produced a brilliant turn before advancing to the Allotment goal line before producing a delicious square ball across the six yard box to find PAUL BRAYSON timing his run perfectly to put the ball into the net from six yards making the score 2-0 to Benfield.

Little had been seen of the home team in an attacking sense they possibly could have pulled a goal back in the 18th minute, a deep cross into the far post found Dillon Blake but he produced a tame header over the bar. He was made to rue his miss as four minutes later Benfield got their third goal; it came by way of a brilliant team move. It started when Jake Trodd found Matty Cornish with a pass, Cornish then found Mechack Kanda who then slid the ball down the left wing to Liam Hudson. Liam in his time as an ex Allotment player did what he had done many times before he flew down the wing outpacing McCarthy, he then played a pass identical to his previous for the second goal. You wouldn’t win many prizes for guessing who would arrive just in time to hit the ball into the net from another three yards, in the shape of PAUL BRAYSON for his second goal from a total of five yards making the score 3-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

West Allotment could have completely folded as the game looked out of their control but they didn’t give up and in the 26thminute came close to getting a goal. Good build up down the left saw Luke Parkinson strike a shot which was blocked for a corner by Jake Trodd, from the corner the ball was headed out to the edge of the Benfield penalty area to find Marc Allen who saw his 20 yard shot go just wide of the goal. Benfield were in complete control of the game on the half hour mark and were playing some excellent passing and moving football, a brilliant move out on the right wing involving our three youngsters, it started when Jake Trodd found the feet of Matty Cornish, the young winger passed the ball to Callum Uddgren who then charged to the goal line before pulling the ball back in to the stride of the goal scoring maestro who shot just wide of the goal to the amazement of spectators from both sides. A minute later in the thirty first a decent piece of play from the home team saw a move and a cross down the right wing only half cleared to Marc Allen who again saw his effort clear the goal.

In the 39th minute West Allotment put a good move together, very good possession play down the middle of the pitch saw Paul Kane control the ball, his quick feet saw him evade two Benfield defenders but his effort was poor shooting wide when the least he should have done was work the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger who could have had a pint and his slippers on due to lack of work in the Benfield goal area. West Allotment in the 42nd minute did get a goal back from the penalty spot no one apart from the referee understands what it was for, supposedly a foul by Stephen Tobin on Dale Pearson. It was in fact DALE PEARSON who stepped up to crash the ball past Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger making the score 3-1.

With time running out the 45th minute arrived and Allotment almost got a second goal, goal scorer Pearson controlled the ball and ran at Benfield defender Stephen Tobin, after outpacing him he shot and it took an excellent save from Andrew Grainger to leave the score at 3-1 to Newcastle Benfield which it was at half time.

Only three minutes of the second half had gone by when excellent defensive work by West Allotments Marc Allen saw him head clear a dangerous cross from Cornish who had linked up well in a move involving Tom McNamee and Jake Trodd who were both playing well. In the 52nd minute of the game Benfield almost got a fourth goal, it came when a well-rehearsed free kick from the training field would have paid dividends had it not been well saved by Allotment’s keeper Ian Todd. It started with Cornish playing the ball to Kanda then into Errington with the final effort from Brayson who turned well and shot at goal.

West Allotment were starting to grow more and more into the game as time went by and in the 68thminute they put a well-constructed move together which saw full back Tony Lancaster cross to the far post to find the head of Dale Pearson who saw his header gathered by Andrew Grainger in the Benfield goal. Two minutes later probably against the run of play Benfield increased their lead, a poor pass from Allotments Gary McRoberts went out for a throw in which was quickly taken from out on the right wing, the ball was then crossed to PAUL BRAYSON who after controlling the ball toe poked it and it flew into the bottom corner of the net making it 4-1 to Benfield.

That goal defiantly took the wind out of the Allotment team as in the 76th minute they conceded a fifth goal, substitute Jack Errington found Matty Cornish with the midfielder seeing his effort blocked by a defender only for the ball to rebound to PAUL BRAYSON who curled the ball low into  the bottom corner of the net for Benfield’s fifth goal and also the fourth goal for the prolific goal scoring Benfield striker.

West Allotment should have pulled a goal back in the 78th minute, a corner taken by Luke Parkinson gave Kyle Dobson a free head at goal which he put over the bar. Eighty four minutes had elapsed when a terrific move from Benfield involving several players occurred, it ended when a brilliant pass from Matthew Cornish put Brayson in on goal but from a tight angle his dink over the West Allotment keeper Ian Todd went inches wide of the far post leaving the score at 5-1 to Newcastle Benfield.
Although well beaten Allotment never really gave up and it was proved in the 89thminute when a gallant run from the half way line by Dale Pearson ended with a strong shot on goal which went wide of the goal. The final whistle soon went with Newcastle Benfield winning 5-1. In a game where there were some excellent performances especially from Cornish, McNamee and Jake Trodd who were all contenders for Man of the Match. In the end it could only go to one person Mr. Goals himself; Paul Brayson.

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