Fa vase

Pickering Town 3

Newcastle Benfield 4

Mark Convery view –

“Absolutely brilliant in my 12 years as a Pro I have never experienced anything like that! I’m proud to call that bunch my team.

Craig Heward view-

A good win against a very good and physical side who like to get the ball down and play football the correct way.

Paul Brayson was outstanding and to come from behind three times and win the game just shows the

Character we have in the dressing room. We are looking forward to the draw and with no midweek game our attention is to bringing in a few more players we have been in contact with as we have become low on numbers due to a lot of injuries.

Match Report -Alan Young

Photos Steve/Callum Boyle

On a wet and windy day Newcastle Benfield made the scenic trip down to Pickering in North Yorkshire for the second opportunity of playing at Wembley this time in the F.A.vase.

A tough game was envisaged as Pickering were joint top of  the North East Counties league with a 100% home record of five out five wins only conceding five goals

The home team were looking sharp from the start and it came as no surprise that in the 4th minute they would take the lead, a ball down the Benfield right flank was gathered by DANNY GRAY pursuing forward he went past three weak Benfield tackles to get to one on one with Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger, he then proceeded forward to confidently drive  the ball into the net making the score 1-0 to Pickering Town.

Ten Minutes later and a fine long pass from George Bissett found Ryan Blott he in turn found goalscorer Gray who struck a strong shot on target to be denied by Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger who tipped the ball over the bar for a corner. Little had been seen of Benfield in any meaning full attacking sense and they should have been two down in the 32nd  minute,a corner from the Pickering left gave centre back Sam Denton a free head at goal but after losing his marker he completely for some reason missed the ball all together.

Any meaningful threat to the Pickering goal from a Benfield attack came in the 34th minute, a cross from James Novak was well laid off by Joe Hailes into the path of Dylan McEvoy who saw his well struck shot well saved by Pickering keeper Harry Andrews.

Benfield were starting to get a little more into the game and the and the buzz in the crowd was anxious with many of them declaring that they must get a second goal before half time as they would have to put up with a strong wind against them and also an extremely  sloping pitch from side to side. Their wishes then did come true as in the 40th minute a great cross in from the right saw goalscorer DANNY GRAY brilliantly bring the ball under control to make an excellent finish past Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to make the score 2-0 deservedly to Pickering Town.

The moment the Pickering supporters were  dreading came in the 42nd minute when against the wind Benfield  got a goal back, it came after a long ball out of defence found  its way to PAUL BRAYSON,

Brassy didn’t need  a second invitation as he advanced forward to drive the ball past keeper Harry Andrews to make the score 2-1 to Pickering Town.

With the referee Ian Johnston

flashing yellow cards all over most of them to be fair were justifield but this allowed additional time as well as a injury to Benfield mid fielder Alex Nesbit, during this period Pickering missed a glorious chance to give them back their two goal advantage. A corner was awarded to them and from which full back George Bissett missed a sitter when putting a free header wide of the mark leaving the score at 2-1 to Pickering Town which it was at half  time.

The  second half was only three minutes old when the home teams worst fear occurred in a quite bizarre fashion, The ball was headed from the half way line back towards the Pickering goal with PAUL BRAYSON well offside and the crowd also appealing for a decision in their favour.

Unfortunately the home crowd didn’t realize that the ball had been headed back by one of their own team. Not a one to be ungrateful for a goal scoring opportunity the ace goalscorer advanced forward to dink the ball over Harry Andrews to make  the score level at 2-2.

This seemed to give the visitors a boost and in the 52nd minute a square pass from substitute Olly Leedham gave James Novak a shooting chance which went just past the far post.

The equalizing goal didn’t seem to deter the home team and they regained the lead again in the 61st minute,

a ball found it’s way to of all people up in attack in the shape of JOE DANBY, what the full back was doing up there was anybodies guess. There were strong appeals for a hand ball against the Pickering defender but the referee didn’t agree even though most of the home and Away fans noticed it,a normally calm Andrew Grainger was enraged by the decision and made his feelings known

However the Benfield keeper had to pick a well struck shot out of  the net making the score 3-2 to Pickering Town.

The  hosts were indebted to centre back Sam Denton in the 66th minute, a long pass out of the Benfield defence found Scott McCarthy who advanced on a strong run rounding keeper Harry Andrews and  just as he was about to shoot

a brilliant tackle from Sam Denton blocked the Benfield striker’s shot leaving the score at 3-2 to Pickering.

Newcastle Benfield did get an equalizing goal in the 81st minute, after being awarded a corner kick  and as the ball was in flight Ritchie Slaughter had his shirt pulled with the referee Ian Johnson pointing to the penalty spot.

There was never a doubt who would take the spot kick and  up stepped PAUL BRAYSON to send Harry Andrews the wrong way for Benfields third and also the third  for  this ace goalscorer making the score  level at 3-3.

With full time approaching Pickering were desperately unlucky not to win the game,a brilliant piece of improvisation by substitute Callum Terrell saw him perform a audacious back heel flick with the ball striking the Benfield cross bar and  going out to safety and with that came the final whistle leaving the score at 3-3.

Extra time had to be played in this round with a replay in the event of a draw after added on time and  with only a minute gone of this time Scott McCarthy showed good control beating two defenders before hitting a weak shot at goal easily saved. Although playing against the wind Pickering went close in the 10th minute when only a fine save from Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger denied Ryan Blott from putting the home team in front.

Thirteen minutes of extra time had elapsed when again Benfield went close to scoring, a long through pass  from Joe Hales found Paul Brayson who saw his fine effort well saved for a corner by Harry Andrews which came to nothing but a minute later a Benfield move came to fruition;Benfield were awarded a corner with Paul Brayson going out to take it,

seeing that DYLAN McEVOY

was unmarked just outside of the penalty he sharply played the ball which he struck first time with his left foot shot flying into the top corner of  the goal making the score 4-3 to Newcastle Benfield the young mid fielder raced away to be mobbed  by his team mates for such a glorious strike.

The second  half of extra time  was only two minutes old when McCarthy played  the ball to Brayson who saw his well struck effort deflect to  safety off a defender.

Expectations were high in the home  team supporters hearts as the  were playing with the slope and  the wind  was getting stronger by the minute; their expectations nearly did  come  true with five minutes of  the half  gone  when a brilliant effort from thirty five yards by Niall Tilsley just cleared  the Benfield goal with the ball landing on the roof of the  net.

Andrew Grainger then played his part in the 23rd minute of extra time bringing off  a great  save  from a well hit shot from Lewis Taylor. The  home  team were piling everyone  forward  and  became  very predictable when they shoved  their tall centre back up and  started to launch high balls into  the Benfield penalty area and  from a flick on by Denton only a brilliantly timed  tackle for a corner from Lewis Scorgie denied  a late equaliser and at the end of  time Newcastle Benfield had  run out as 4-3 winners and  were into the next round of  the F.A.Vase.😁🏆


Saturday 21st of October 2017

Pickering town vs Newcastle Benfield FA vase.

So the day had finally arrived the day that the mighty Newcastle Benfield would continue there fa vase cup run after beating Hebburn town in the previous round.

My day began with a late start when my mobile phone was ringing to wake me up it was a phone call from our secretary to tell me in his words “you’d better get your skates on we’re waiting on you” getting ready as quick as I could with a raging hangover, from the Friday night, I put on my trainers and ran up Benfield road.

The Thought going through my mind while running to catch the bus was “could we do what South Shields done and go on to win it? Legitimately” I eventually arrived to Benfield football club after a final call from the secretary saying “we are still waiting on you!”.

I boarded the bus with the squad of players and committee members, and the ambiance was electric, the same as every away game normally is with nerves kicking in early knowing how big this game was.

The journey seemed to go so fast and we were walking off the bus at the ground, having arrived early a few of the clan decided to get some bait and to sink a few pints in the town of Pickering, we asked one of the locals were the nearest pub was and a reply of “there’s about one every 10 yards”, we started our pub crawl in the black swan, an expensive pint went down a treat and a nice spot of lunch to go with it only bad thing I could say was the price!

We walked along to the next bar funny enough the next bar was the white swan.

Another expensive pint of Stella went down a treat after looking that time had passed and we were 15 minutes away from kick off, a final pint in the great British legion was in order on the way up to the ground.

The game was just kicking off as we got through the turnstile and a strong benfield side was on show. Pickering town go one up early on and around 10 minutes later put another one in the net 2-0 going towards the last quarter of the first half with a great timmed effort from Paul brayson to get us back into the game going into half time.

Coming out to the second half a big appeal for a handball in the penalty area from a Pickering town striker, nothing given and Pickering town go on to score 3-1 down.

With all the odds against us and Pickering on the lead Paul Brayson fires another one in to bring us back into the game again. 3-2.

As the game is heading into the final quarter of the game, a push in the box from the Pickering town defence costs them dearly and a penalty appeal is given to benfield and Paul Brayson takes the spot kick position to level the game and take us into the replay.

As the game goes into the final ten minutes both teams scared of giving a goal away when a great pass is played to the benfield number 10 Dylan Mcevoy takes a bullet of a shot to take the lead for the final time making it Pickering town 3-4 benfield, the final whistle goes and secured us a place in the next round of the vase, smiles on Everyone’s faces, after a great game from both teams.

A couple of pints in the bar before heading back to the bus.

As we boarded the bus with a great atmosphere as it always is and the beer is flowing, I didn’t want this trip to end what a great day it had been.

A the trip was drawing to a close we hear the driver shout “the bus has broken down” all our thoughts were oh god “please send help the bus had broken down and we are mortal” after not being able to get a signal and the driver having a smoke a final turn over of the key starts the engine up again with everyone saying the driver just wanted a cigarette break, and him replying with “I’ve turned the fog lights off and think that’s what done it”

The journey seemed to pass very quick again after that and before we knew it we were back at the clubhouse having a celebration drink with the players, manager and assistant manager.

Talk of the terraces By Ryan Hutton

This week by Ryan Hutton

Newcastle Benfield and United fan

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