Newcastle Benfield continued their good run of form with a convincing win against Seaham Red Star with goals from Scorgie, Scott, Devlin and Brayson.
Full match report to follow .
SEAHAM RED STAR 0 NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 4
Newcastle Benfield effortlessly strolled to their second successive 4-0 away victory, third consecutive win and fifth haul of maximum points in a row, with a sublime yet measured performance, enabling them to complete the season’s double over Seaham Red Star by an aggregate score of 7-0. The game was every bit as emphatic as the result suggests, with all 14 Benfield players involved producing performances comfortably ahead of their opposition counterparts.
After four successive postponements, the Lions showed little signs of rustiness in the early stages, with quick, incisive passing leaving the home side chasing shadows from the first whistle. After 8 minutes, home keeper Jordan Harkess almost gifted Benfield the lead when he crashed an attempted clearance against Paul Brayson, only for the ball to drop inches wide of the post. Richy Slaughter and Elliott Forbes proved to be an imposing double act in central midfield, allowing the creative gifts of Jake Orrell free rein. It was his audacious, 70 yard crossfield ball that allowed the rampaging Josh Scott to open the scoring halfway through the first period. Scott took the perfect pass in his stride and fired emphatically past the advancing Harkess to give the visitors the lead. Seaham attempted to come back into the game and Andrew Grainger made a superb low save, tipping Craig Lawson’s shot onto the post. When the ball was recycled, Callum Munro headed wastefully over when well positioned at the back post, meaning Benfield took a single goal lead in with them at the interval.
The second period saw Benfield immediately up the ante and after Harkess had blocked an Elliott Forbes shot, Lewis Scorgie was on hand to turn the loose ball home. Soon after, Mark Convery made a double substitution; introducing Scott McCarthy and the returning Jack Devlin to the fray. Devlin soon found himself on the scoresheet, smartly finishing at the near post after excellent work down the left by the indefatigable Joe Hailes. Benfield’s final substitute Shannon Pocock was somewhat bizarrely introduced as Shaun Pollock, but the former Cirencester Town player did not allow the suggestion he was a 44 year old right arm, fast medium bowler from Port Elizabeth to disconcert him. Instead, he won the ball in the middle of the park, then spread it wide for McCarthy to deliver a perfect ball for the incoming Brayson to hammer home and complete the scoring on a highly successful evening’s work.
Man of the Match: Jake Orrell
Manager Mark Convery
Really pleased with how we’re improving as a team. Looking to keep this run going, not getting carried away as we have a lot of fixtures coming up that will really test our full squad but looking forward to a big couple of weeks with the league cup game