After successive two victories when they scored six in each game, Newcastle Benfield travelled south to Marske in great confidence and named an unchanged starting eleven.
On a glorious day for football, Benfield got off to the worst start possible conceding a goal within the first two minutes. A corner was whipped into the near post; Benfield goal keeper Andrew Grainger came and flapped at it with the ball dropping at the feet of AARON RAMSBOTTOM two yards out to make the score 1-0 to Marske. Things became worse for Newcastle Benfield when with only five minutes gone Scott McCarthy had to be to be substituted with a hamstring problem by young Matty Parker.
Seven minutes had elapsed before Benfield gave any concern to the Marske defence; a pass down the left wing found Paul Brayson who played the ball first time into the path of Matty Cornish who saw his shot deflected for a corner. In the 12th minute, the home team doubled their tally. Glen Butterworth had struck a decent shot saved by Andrew Grainger, who then threw the ball out to Matty Cornish. He tried a square pass across the field which was intercepted by DANNY EARL; the Marske striker advanced forward and as Grainger went to ground he delicately chipped the ball over him to make the score 2-0 to Marske.
Benfield eventually did have a scoring chance in the 24th minute; a cross from Mark Turnbull found John Campbell but his effort lacked composure and went wide. Just over the half hour mark Grainger redeemed himself a little denying Danny Earl the chance for his second goal when he took advantage of a through ball from team mate Andrew Ramsbottom to test the Benfield custodian who saved well. Marske were well on top at this stage doing well in possession but not really testing Grainger but this changed in the 38th minute when a fine long pass from Matt Bell found Reece Kelly who brought a difficult pass down in one fine touch but his shot couldn’t match his control shooting wide.
Benfield had a half chance in the 37th minute when Matty Cornish played a decent pass to Paul Brayson but unusually for him he failed to control the ball. In attacking sense nothing had really been seen of the Benfield team and Marske were in complete command of the game; they could have added a third goal in the 40th minute and it summed up the way Benfield team were playing. Poor play by Matty Cornish saw him play a pass into Stephen Tobin who was under immediate pressure from Danny Earl causing him to take a wild swipe at the ball with it spiralling high into the air, gaining control Earl saw his shot blocked away to safety.
With halftime approaching, it looked as if Newcastle had got off lightly conceding just two goals but it was not to be; in the 47th minute a ball down the centre of the pitch looked like a bread and butter clearance for Marc Dummett, but he fluffed his lines under pressure from DANNY EARL who controlled the ball before lifting a delightful left foot shot into the top left hand corner of the goal making the score 3-0 to Markse which it was at halftime.
As in the first half when the home team scored early on the same thing happened again but not quite as soon, in the 9th minute of the half a long pass down the right found Danny Earl who back heeled the ball into the path of AARON RAMSBOTTOM, after controlling ball he twisted and turned well to drive the ball home to make it 4-0.
Newcastle Benfield eventually got a goal back in the 59th minute; substitute Matty Fisher found PAUL BRAYSON who turned to drive the ball home in the near post making it 4-1. The referee who was not having the best of games having booked several players and indeed booked a Marske player who was not involved with a mini skirmish, having already cautioned Lewis Scorgie he then showed the central defender a second yellow the red for a tackle reducing Benfield to ten men. Sixty one minutes saw another chance for Marske, a long ball down the middle looked an easy ball to clear but a wicked bounce saw the ball fall to Reece Kelly with his effort being defended for a corner which was easily cleared away. Marske almost added a fifth with only a minute left of the game, a cross into the near post found the head of Reece Kelly who saw a flicked header go just wide of the far post. This left the score at full time 4-1 to Marske who didn’t have to get out of first gear to beat a poor Benfield side.