Newcastle Benfield 1
Coleshill Town 1
After 120 minutes of pulsating football the game ended all square.
We now travel south
The replay is to be played on Saturday 13th January 2018 whereupon the Lions will travel the long journey down South to play at Park Meadow kick off 3pm.
Transport to the game is already being organised so if you wish to travel please get in touch.
An excellent game with end to end attacking football, a penalty miss, confrontation and both teams battling to the bitter end on a heavy pitch.
(Number 6 for Benfield
Special thanks to Alan Shearer 🙋♂️
Newcastle Benfield and Coleshill Town served up 120 minutes of classic cup football in this FA Vase fourth round tie at Sam Smith’s Park. With hitherto ever-present James Novak failing a fitness task, Dylan McEvoy slotted in at left back against an opposition who sought to play the ball long as quickly as possible in every possible eventuality.
On a heavy pitch, under slate grey skies that oftentimes leached cold, hard rain, where the persistent, raw wind assaulted exposed flesh with sadistic glee, both teams served up the kind of tumultuous game that all those who witnessed it will be proud to have been in attendance. And yet, despite the heroic efforts of both teams, the home side could not fail to leave the pitch at almost 6pm with a gnawing, insistent sense of what could, should and ought to have been.
Paul Brayson has scored 31 goals so far, this season for Newcastle Benfield, including 16 in the cups. He had the chance to notch another on 12 minutes when Scott McCarthy who was the home team’s star player on the day, had his legs swept from under him in the box.
Paul Brayson opted for placement over power and saw a deviation from the pitch cruelly send his low kick against the outside of the post and wide.
Three minutes later Jake Orrell’s magisterial footwork gave Richy Slaughter a clear opportunity on the edge of the box which was placed over the crossbar.
Coleshill then began to come into the game and set up a quartet of opportunities. Firstly, Ryan Edmunds let fly from fully 35 yards and struck the angle of bar and post. Liam Molesworth worked himself a shooting opportunity, but fired straight at the advancing Andrew Grainger. Molesworth then thought he had opened the scoring, tapping in at the back post, but he was adjudged offside. Finally, Giovanni Dainty sent in a gentle curling effort that Andrew Grainger saved comfortably, meaning the two sides went in at the break with a score of 0-0. Straight from the resumption, Benfield went for the jugular. Orrell’s wicked low shot was parried by Coleshill keeper Paul Hathaway, straight into the path of the onrushing McCarthy whose first-time effort was scrambled away. Minutes later McCarthy sent in a perfect cross from the right wing and Brayson threw himself at it only for the ball to be smothered by Hathaway. Orrell played in Brayson and the veteran striker’s delicate chip hit the side netting. Brayson returned the compliment and Orrell chipped Hathaway, only for the ball to drop agonisingly wide.
In the second period, Coleshill’s first effort on goal in the 60th minute saw Reece Leek volley just wide. Their second effort, on 79 minutes, saw substitute Joel Grandison beat Andrew Grainger to a cross and head home. It was a stunning blow; completely against the run of play and out of the blue. All credit to Benfield; within a couple of minutes of going behind, they were level when Scott McCarthy’s cross from the touchline eluded Hathaway and flew in. Perhaps it was a fluke, but it was undeniably deserved, and it signalled an all-out assault by the Lions in search of the winner.
It seemed if things had taken a decisive turn in favour of Benfield when Joseph Cole was dismissed for a crude foul in front of the dug-outs. Once sanity was restored,
Benfield continued to camp in the Coleshill half. With seconds remaining Brayson played a short corner to McEvoy, whose first-time effort was brilliantly tipped over by Hathaway; a foot either side and it would have been a goal.Sadly, the final whistle began to sap the Benfield energy levels as much as the Coleshill ones. The single chance of the extra period saw Brayson’s effort go agonisingly wide and necessitate a replay at Pack Meadow on Saturday 13th January. Man of the Match: Scott McCarthy
Congratulations to Newcastle Benfield Manager Mark Convery on his recent engagement Also to our Cameraman Callum who turned 12 today Special mention to Dylan who was our Mascot for the Match hope you had a brilliant day 👇👍⚽️
Match report Ian Cusack
Photos/website Steve Boyle