Newcastle Benfield made their debut visit to Ryhope C.W. and encountered a much harder game than when the two teams met at Benfield’s ground; when the home team recorded their largest ever win, by a score of 11-1. It looked a similar result but not the same score, if not a similar score, was on the cards when Benfield opened the scoring after only six minutes. Tom Mcnamee won the ball in midfield before releasing John Campbell; the Benfield striker then played a pass into PAUL BRAYSON who was one on one with the Ryhope keeper Johnathan Ball and his delightful lob over made the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.
The lead didn’t last long however as the home team equalised within three minutes. A corner out on the left was met my Leon Ryan who headed the ball back across goal to find CALLUM MUNROE and he drove the ball low into the net past Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to make the score 1-1. The Ryhope goalscorer looked lively upfront and came close to getting a second goal in the 11th minute with a good shot which just cleared the Benfield cross bar.
In the 13th minute a pass down the Benfield left found John Campbell, who then produced a fantastic cross to the far post to find the head of Paul Brayson who headed strongly at the goal only to see it hit a Ryhope defender. With the Benfield striker appealing in vain saying that his effort was blocked by a defender’s hand, the referee Adam Williamson was having none of it and awarded a corner. From the corner taken by Mark Convery, Stephen Tobin should have done better when he was given a free head at goal but he put the ball wide.With19 minutes showing on the clock Ryhope’s winger James Ellis went on a run down the wing and put in a really dangerous cross but he will have been disappointed that none of his team mates attacked his inviting centre. The next goal of the game came in the 26th minute and went the way of Newcastle Benfield. Gaining possession of the ball on the half way line, Josh Scott went on a scintillating run down the flank beating two defenders before passing the ball to John Campbell who then rolled the ball across the Ryhope six yard box to find the in rushing PAUL BRAYSON who hit the ball into the net from six yards for his and Newcastle Benfield’s second goal making it 2-1. The Benfield twin strikers were causing a lot of problems for the Ryhope defenders and it was the same two players who combined with a brilliant cross to the far post by Campbell, it looked all the way that it was a free head for Brayson but the slightest deflection by Stephen Francis diverted the ball just past the head of the Benfield player.
That proved to be a crucial piece of defending by Francis as within four minutes his team were level. Poor play by Matty Cornish saw him lose the ball on the half way line to James Ellis. Advancing towards the Benfield goal he n found team mate KYLE DAVIS who drove the ball low into the net to make the score 2-2. Half time was approaching and in the second minute of added on time, Ryhope got their third goal. From a corner the ball was headed clear to the wing to be collected by Danni Lay who produced a fine cross met by central defender LEON RYAN who had stayed up after the corner and his bullet header from six yards gave Ryhope the lead making the score 3-2 at half time.
It must have been one hell of a halftime talk by the Ryhope manager as they came flying out of the traps and got their fourth goal of the game within two minutes of the restart, Kyle Davis went down the wing and played a dangerous ball into near post which was met by CALLUM MUNRO for his second goal making the score 4-2 to the home team. The Benfield team could have given up at this stage but to their credit they pulled goal back in the 54th minute. From a corner the ball dropped to JOHN CAMPBELL who drove the ball home to make the score 4-3 to Ryhope C.W. A minute later an excellent switch of play by Tom McNamee found Matty Cornish, he then squared the ball to Mark Convery who shot inches wide of the goal.
Despite Benfield having more of the ball in an attacking sense they were not causing any great concern to the Ryhope defence who were coping well with most of the visitors’ attacks. Sixteen minutes of the second half had gone when there were strong appeals for a penalty from the Newcastle Benfield players; substitute Matty Fisher who had replaced the injured Josh Scott controlled the ball and advanced into the Ryhope penalty area. After dribbling past two defenders, just about as he was ready to shoot, he was tackled and went to ground with nothing given. One wonders why, if there was no foul, he went down when he had a clear shot on goal from ten yards. Benfield were huffing and puffing in their quest for an equalising goal and came close in the 77th minute; player manager Mark Convery passed to John Campbell who produced a brilliant cross to be met by Paul Brayson, but his effort went inches wide of the goal. The game then petered out with Ryhope C.W. gaining revenge for their thrashing at Benfield by winning 4-3.
Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Convery, Turnbull, McNamee, Tobin, Dummett, Cornish, Wade, Brayson, Campbell, Scott (Fisher)
Substitutes: Berhan, Espaille, McEvoy, Uddgren.
Man of the Match: Cornish