The reputation for goals in Newcastle Benfield games must have travelled south as a ground hopping group from Keighley in West Yorkshire ventured north to view today‘s game, hoping to be entertained by the encounter with Washington. Their wishes nearly came true in the 1st minute of the game. Benfield central defender Lewis Scorgie passed the ball forward to Paul Brayson who produced an audacious flick of the ball into the path of Scott McCarthy who saw his effort well saved by Washington keeper Dan Gladstone. In the 3rd minute their wishes did come true, PAUL BRAYSON was upended just outside the Washington penalty area. There was never any doubt who would take the free kick and up stepped BRASSY to flash the ball around the wall and into the net making the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.
Scott McCarthy was playing out wide right for Benfield and you could see that in the early stages of the game that his main opponent Harrison Scott was going to have a difficult day, which was proved true in the 8th minute when he went on a rampaging run down the right shrugging off the attention of the Washington defender but his dangerous cross evaded his in rushing team mates. The 12th minute arrived and you could tell by the crowds gasp and reaction to a fantastic long pass from Mark Turnbull how good it was. The ball found PAUL BRAYSON who despite being under pressure from a defender brilliantly brought the ball down to twist and turn before hitting the ball low into the net making the score 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield. Two minutes later and you could see a possible massacre on the cards as Benfield got their third goal. When the home team were awarded a free kick 35 yards from goal, up stepped JOHN CAMPBELL to hammer a shot into the top corner of the goal, deceiving Dan Gladstone who possibly could have done better in his attempt at saving the ball, thus making it 3-0 to Newcastle Benfield.
Nineteen minutes had passed with very little seen of Washington in an attacking sense although they played some neat passing in midfield, they were fortunate not to concede a fourth goal when from a corner Stephen Tobin bullet headed the ball just over the crossbar.
Resalute defending by the Washington defence in the 22nd minute denied the fourth goal of the game for Benfield. Scott McCarthy again went gallivanting up the right wing before crossing to the far post; the ball found Paul Brayson who immediately laid the ball off into the path of John Campbell who saw his shot well blocked by Washington defender Josh Day.
Within two minutes in the 25th Campbell and Brayson were again involved this time with Matty Cornish, the Washington keeper saving well from Brayson. The game was over at this stage, with Benfield denying Washington any decent attacking moves, being content to keep the ball without being under any real threat of conceding but were also not looking like adding another goal leaving it 3-0 at half time.
It was almost a replica of the start of the first half when again in the 3rd minute of the second half Benfield should have got their fourth goal. The dangerous trio of Campbell, Brayson and Cornish again masterminded a move giving Campbell a great chance to get his second goal but he hit the ball straight at the Washington keeper Gladstone who produced a good save but he should have scored Apart from the odd centre into the middle of the goal or a corner Andrew Grainger in the Benfield goal had been redundant for much of the game; it looked as if he was going to be called into action in the 52nd minute, when Washington’s best player on the day Ryan Nelson played a good pass into team mate Jochim Ursene Mouamba, but his teammate spurned the shooting chance hitting the ball high over the cross bar.
The Washington defenders couldn’t handle the movement of the Benfield strikers Brayson and Campbell. They combined in the 59th minute when a brilliant 40 yard pass from Brayson allowed Campbell a one on one situation with the Washington custodian but he was denied by a good save. Three minutes later Benfield were unfortunate not to get another goal and Brayson to get his hat trick, a long pass was collected by the striker a quick turn and his shot crashed off the cross bar to safety. It was one way traffic, with Washington keeper Dan Gladstone in fine form keeping the score line down but he was beaten again in the 65th minute. Benfield were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal, this time it was John Campbell who took the kick. Gladstone produced a fine save but in parrying the ball he allowed SCOTT McCARTHY the chance to hit the ball home from six yards, making the score 4-0 to Newcastle Benfield.
Washington were rewarded for their efforts in the 74th minute, when a corner out on the Washington left caused confusion in the Benfield penalty area, with the ball bobbling about and both teams scrambling for the ball, it fell to ALEX WHITE who hit the ball into the net making it 4-1. Benfield were soon back on the attack and a well weighted pass from Scott McCarthy found John Campbell who was desperate to get another goal but he hit a poor shot.
With only fifteen minutes to go Benfield brought on their three substitutes, Laquain Esdaille who had recently played for Chorley but had moved north, Tom Bramley and sixteen year old Matty Parker who both made their home debuts. Esdaille in a bizarre way almost gave a second goal to Washington. He went up to challenge for a header with Washington’s Jake Pickard, the Washington player just got their before him but the flick header came off the Benfield defender into the path of Matty Watters who shot just wide of the Benfield goal.
Time was running out when Benfield added a fifth goal. Recent signing from Esh Winning Scott McCardle who was also making his home debut and having an excellent game produced some fine and dainty footwork to supply the ball to Paul Brayson who let fly bringing an excellent save out of Gladstone but the keeper only succeeded in parrying the ball into the path of JOHN CAMPBELL who rolled the ball into the empty net making the score 5-1 to Newcastle Benfield. Two minutes remained in the game when Benfield got their sixth goal, it started way back on the edge of the Benfield penalty area where resolute defending from centre back Lewis Scorgie saw him win possession of the ball; he then played the ball to John Campbell who then hit a long pass from the left wing to find youngster MATTY PARKER running in to produce a delightful lob over the stranded Washington keeper Dan Gladstone making the score 6-1 to Newcastle Benfield which was the score at full time, delighting the home crowd and also our guests from Yorkshire who are welcome any time to come back and visit us.