There is a song that begins if it’s love that you want baby you got it; if you relate it to football and in particular to Newcastle Benfield, it could be if it’s goals that you want Benfield games have got them; though not necessarily in their favour. You could tell at an early stage that there would be goals as neither team looked particularly solid in defence and as early as the 3rd minute it only took a fine tackle from Michael Pearson to deny Benfields’ Scott McCarthy who received the ball after fine play between Mark Turnbull and John Campbell gave him the chance to dribble past a defender and get a shot away.
The opening goal did come in the 8th minute and it went to the visitors. PAUL BRAYSON played a pass down the left wing to Moussa Bakhti; Brayson then ran into the centre of the Dunston goal arriving onto the penalty spot to get on the end of a fine pull back from the goal line by Bakti and side footing the ball into the net, making the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield. Two minutes later Benfield could have doubled their lead. Dylan McEvoy released a pass to Josh Scott, although he struck a well hit shot producing a good save from Dunston’s keeper Jack Norton he should have passed to a free Paul Brayson who was waiting for a tap in. In the 14th minute Louis Scorgie missed a glorious chance to net a second goal for Benfield. John Campbell took a corner out on the Benfield right, floating the ball to the far post he found the head of Scorgie who lost his marker and was completely free, he elected to have a go at the near post hitting the side netting when the rest of the goal was gaping with no defender on the far post missing a great chance.
It wasn’t one way however and Dunston were unfortunate not to draw level in the 19th minute; a well delivered free kick found the head of Steven Richardson who unluckily for him saw his effort hit the Benfield cross bar rebounding to ex-Benfield player Ryan Drane. who put his effort wide of the Benfield goal when he also could have done better leaving the score 1-0 to Benfield. The 24th minute of the game brought the second goal of the game and it went the way of Newcastle Benfield; a long pass down the Dunston left flank aimed for JOHN CAMPBELL, the ball however was collected by full back Michael Pearson who elected to pass back to his goal keeper Jack Norton. The pass was under hit allowing Campbell the opportunity to get to the ball before the keeper and advanced forward into an empty goal to hit the ball into the goal making it 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield.
It should have been three two minutes later when a pass down the flank by Mark Turnbull, his pass found goal scorer Campbell who produced an exquisite flick of the ball into the path of Benfield’s other goal scorer Paul Brayson. He quickly returned the ball to Campbell who shot wide of the goal. After receiving the ball from ex-Dunston player Matty Fisher Scott McCarthy went on a raging run advancing to the Dunston goal line before producing a dangerous cross well defended for a corner.
Play was pretty even at this stage but another goal came in the 33rd minute, a brilliant cross field pass from Dunston’s Michael Pearson found STEVEN RICHARDSON who quickly controlled the ball cutting in to hit a well struck left foot shot beating Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger at his near post making the score 2-1 to Newcastle Benfield. This goal was totally unexpected as Benfield had been on top and had numerous shooting chances; they could have been four up, but things were to get worse for the visitors when a long free kick taken by Michael Tait in the 40th minute found the head of Dunston substitute SCOTT HESLOP who punished Benfield for poor marking with his header flying into the net for an equaliser making the score 2-2. Benfield almost got a third goal in the 41st minute when a long lobbed cross into the centre found the head of Dunston defender Michael Tait who just managed to get the ball over his cross bar and away for a corner which came to nothing making it 2-2 at halftime.
The first goal of the second half went the way of the visitors in the 55th minute, when a ball played into the penalty area found PAUL BRAYSON who advanced forward to be taken down for an obvious penalty by Daryll Hall. The Benfield striker picked himself up to send keeper Jack Norton the wrong way from the resultant spot kick making it 3-2 to Newcastle Benfield. The goal fest continued in the 66th minute; a through ball down the left wing saw Ryan Drane square the ball into the path of SCOTT HESLOP who saw his strong effort partially saved by Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger but the ball just managed to keep going rolling into the net making the score 3-3.
Dunston were indebted to keeper Jack Norton a minute later when Mousa Bakhti played a pass to Brayson who then in turn passed to Matty Cornish, the young mid fielder then shot strongly into the near post with the Dunston keeper saving well. Scott McCarthy had a great chance to get another goal for Benfield in the 72nd minute, when a move involving Brayson and Bakhti saw the former show great control of the ball before moving it on to McCarthy giving him an excellent shooting chance but instead of striking the ball he decided to try and bend the ball into the goal but his poor weak effort was easily saved by Dunston keeper Jack Norton.
The spectators didn’t have much time to breathe before another goal was scored and it went the way of the home team. Ccaptain Dale Burrell was brought down in the penalty area with the referee Shane Sugden pointing to the spot; up stepped SCOTT HESLOP to hit the ball into the bottom corner with Andrew Grainger although getting a hand to the ball failing to keep the ball out making the score 4-3 to Dunston and an excellent hat trick for Scott Heslop. That score soon increased as within four minutes Dunston got a fifth goal; ex-Benfield player Ritchie Slaughter passed to LIAM THEAR. He advanced forward into a one on one situation with Benfield custodian Andrew Grainger; closing in, he toe poked the ball past the keeper making the score line 5-3 to Dunston.
Within a minute, in the 78th, Benfield pulled a goal back. The ball was played out wide to the right into the feet of Scott McCarthy, proceeding forward a strong run ended with an equally strong cross shot which the Dunston keeper found to hot to handle parrying the ball out to the feet of JOHN CAMPBELL who hit the ball into the net from close range making the score 5-4. In an exciting attacking match from both sides it was inevitable that another goal would be scored in the last ten minutes and so it came with the goal going to Dunston U.T.S.; a great cross field ball was well defended by the Benfield defence or so everyone in the ground thought, when the ball was headed out thirty yards from the Benfield goal, it was gathered by another ex-Benfield player RITCHIE SLAUGHTER who smashed the ball goal wards dipping and swerving then flying into the net past a desparing dive from Andrew Grainger making it 6-4.Thus ending the game with both teams putting on a display that we hope bring more spectators to both teams’ grounds.