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Match report by Allan Young
Newcastle welcomed close neighbours North Shields to Sam Smiths park for what would be a very tough game for the Lions against a very good team.
Due to injuries and non availabilty Benfield Benfield were without captain Mark Turnbull
and long term injured Michael Riley,Dan Taylor.Alex Nesbitt and Matty Grieve, this meant a change with the recently returned Jack Errington moving to full back.
Benfield gave a debut to Jordan Laidler who is on loan from Blyth Spartans.
It could have been 1-1 after two minutes had it not been for heavy touches on the ball from Benfields Scott McCarthy and North Shields Gareth Bainbridge.
The next piece of attacking play came in the 8th minute producing successive corners for the home team, firstly a pass from Jake Orrell found Scott McCarthy who was well tackled by Jordan Summerly for the first corner which was cleared out to Jake Orrell who proceeded to put the ball back into the danger area which was headed clear.
In the 13th minute ex Benfield player Gary Ormston proved too strong for Paul Brayson
shrugging him off the ball to play the ball to Ben Harmison who put a brilliant low cross into the Benfield six yard box unfortunatly for him non of his team mates could get on the end of the pass and it was cleared for a corner.
Play was pretty even for the next quarter of an hour or so with both teams going toe to toe with each other but in the 27th minute the Robins goalkeeper Sean McCafferty came to the rescue of his team denying the Lions the opening goal.
A long pass from Jordan Laidler who was settling in well on his debut despite having not played for a while due to injury, found Paul Brayson who showed fantastic control bringing the ball down before advancing forward to hit a strong drive which was well saved by keeper Sean McCafferty.
Jordan Laidler was again involved in the next move which produced the opening goal of the match in the 29th minute, he produced a fine through ball into the possession of newly signed JAKE ORRELL, the young striker proceeded forward to slide the ball past McCafferty to make the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield
Within a minute it was two goals to Newcastle Benfield the ball was played up to Paul Brayson who after controlling it twisted and turned creating space to shoot unfortunately seeing his shot hit the post,
the ball however rebounded back to him and he played a pass to James Novak, the Benfield full back then delivered a dangerous cross into the middle with North Shields full back Jordan Summerly under extreme pressure from Joe Hailes just putting the ball into his own goal before the young winger could make contact.
Although two goals down the Robins were not giving up and in the 40th minute a fine move starting and ending by the dangerous Dean Holmes
saw his excellent cross just clear the Benfield cross bar from a header by Ben Harmison. It was the turn of the visitors to have a turn of misfortune in the 43rd minute, a low driven cross by Joe Robson hit the Benfield near post being cleared from a corner from which Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger produced a fine catch reducing the pressure on the Benfield goal.
Half time was arriving with North Shields getting a corner in the 45th minute, Dean Holmes took the corner with Grainger coming to punch clear but he made a poor contact just managing to clear the ball to the edge of the box to which KEVIN HUGHES produced the first left foot volley of his career with the ball ending in the net making the score 2-1 to Newcastle Benfield which was the score at half time.
Only two minutes of the second half had passed when the Benfield defence lost concentration allowing Shields the chance to take a quick free kick and had to be grateful to keeper Andrew Grainger who tipped a fine 30 yard shot from Joe Robson over the bar for a corner.
North Shields had come flying out for the second half and in the 4th minute of the half a good ball out of the Shields defence found Dean Holmes, the Shields winger attempted to go on the outside of Benfield defender Jack Errington but a fine tackle ended the attack with the ball going for a corner. From the corner the ball bobbled about the Benfield penalty falling to Gareth Bainbridge who has a habit of scoring against Benfield,this time however his shot flew over the bar from a good scoring position when he should have done better.
It was the turn of the home team in the 53rd minute to miss a goal scoring opportunity, North Shields lost the ball in mid field to Benfield striker Jake Orrell, he advanced towards goal in a 1 on 1 situation with the North Shields keeper who came off best as the Benfield player skied his poor effort high over the bar.
There was a great tussle going on especially Between Lewis Scorgie and Shields Ben Harmison
Both were well over six foot and were battling for for every pass, it must have been Scorgie who came out on top as the tall Harmison was substituted to be replaced by a strong striker in the shape of Dan Wilson.
Defences were on top at this stage with nothing eventful happening until the 69th minute when a square pass from Jordan Laidler found Jake Orrell who hit a fine shot at goal equally well saved by Sean McCafferty in the North Shields goal. A minute later and unusually for Benfield goalkeeper Andrew Grainger wasn’t having his best game and he again flapped at a good cross from Joe Robson just getting a touch for a corner which was cleared.
To be fair to the Benfield keeper he brought off a brilliant double save in the 77th minute,the first was a great save from Wilson for a corner and from the corner an instinctive save saw him pushing the ball for another corner which came to nothing.
Although the game was a good match for the neutrals it had supporters of both teams one awaiting an equalizing goal and the second the final whistle but in a match that saw both teams give it their all it was Newcastle Benfield who came out on top winning 2-1.
Although it was a fine team performance LEWIS SCORGIE for his battle with Ben Harmison comes out as MAN OF THE MATCH.