Fa Cup 1st qualifying round

Thanks to all our fans who travelled to Whitley Bay fantastic support and a fantastic team performance.


Three thousand pound was the prize for the winners of this F.A. Cup game between local rivals who play each other again in a league game on Saturday 9th September. One of the  talking points before the game was why when two teams are 5/6 miles apart do they have officials from Driffield near Hull and York; a distance of perhaps 120 miles. Expenses were well covered due to a fantastic crowd of 608 but had the match been played between two less well supported teams then they would have been out of pocket with the officials costs being over £240.

The game started in explosive fashion with Newcastle Benfield opening the scoring in the 2nd minute of the game and what a goal it was. Benfield captain Mark Turnbull played a long ball down the right channel over a square Whitley back four, this allowed PAUL BRAYSON the chance to gain control of the ball and delicately lob the ball past the advancing Whitley Bay keeper Tom Flynn for a fantastic finish, giving Newcastle Benfield a 1-0 lead. Play was pretty even up until the 32nd minute, with both keepers only having to deal with basic goalkeeping skills collecting crosses and were not being under threat from any strong efforts on goal from either side. A ball into the box of the Bay caused confusion and another dink from Brayson was just cleared off the line by Josh Nearney but remained bouncing about in the six yard box before Nearney for a second time cleared the ball away to safety.

The second goal of the game came in the 45th minute and again it went to Newcastle Benfield. A pass down the Benfield right saw Kyle Patton for some reason do a back heel flick over his head putting Paul Brayson, who was miles offside if it had been a pass from a team mate, onside. Controlling the ball he advanced into the Whitley Bay penalty area where he was met by two defenders, after twisting and turning he eventually passed to SCOTT McCARTHY who had come on as a substitute for the injured Michael Riley and from six yards side footed the ball into the net giving Newcastle Benfield a deserved second goal making it 2-0 which it was at half time.

It was fourteen minutes into the second half before the home team really tested Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger; full back Josh Nearney who advanced forward to hit a strong effort which produced a fine diving save from Grainger for a corner. Sixty three minutes had passed by with no real threat coming from the home team and in fact it was Benfield who nearly got a third goal, goal scorer Scott McCarthy broke down the right wing before cutting in and transferring the ball onto his left foot to hit a strong shot on goal well saved  by Tom Flynn in the Whitley goal. In an attacking sense little had been seen of the home team with all the Benfield back four putting in fine performances and it came as no surprise when the next scoring chance went the way of Newcastle Benfield.  James Novak gained possession and passed the ball to John Campbell who had come  on as substitute for Paul Brayson, advancing down the line he put a fantastic cross into  the Whitley six yard box. Despite flinging himself at the ball Scott McCarthy was just inches away from making contact and the ball went flying away to safety. There was fifteen minutes left to play when poor Benfield defending allowed Scott Jasper the opportunity to shoot at goal, under pressure he hit his shot wide of the goal.

The last fifteen minutes were played out with no real pressure on the visitors and the game finished with Newcastle Benfield running out comfortable winners.

Man of the Match: Matty Grieve

Full coverage of the match photos can be found in the media gallery.

Post Match interview of

Newcastle Benfield Manager

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