Newcastle Benfield 0-5 Penrith
Penrith’s Martyn Coleman netted four as Newcastle Benfield suffered a heavy home defeat against relegation-threatened Penrith.
The striker grabbed an early opener (4) before doubling his side’s lead with a fine lob on the half-hour mark (29).
Coleman completed his hat-trick before half-time (38), his fourth in seven matches with another fine finish before the break.
Coleman claimed his fourth (74) with a low free-kick before substitute Will Paul (88) sealed an emphatic victory.
With 9 changes from Monday’s 2-2 draw with Jarrow Roofing, it was clear that Benfield’s priorities were fully focused on their Northern League Cup semi-final in 24 hours time, as manager Mark Convery opted to hand starts to many players with little playing time this season.
They were made to pay early on as the experienced Coleman began the rout in the fourth minute, bursting into the penalty area before firing a low strike into the far corner, giving Benfield goalkeeper Dan Nimmins little chance in saving.
The height and strength of the front line of Penrith proved a difficulty for the Benfield defence as a dangerous long ball was headed on by Andy Murray-Jones with ease into the path of Coleman who beat Nimmins to the ball before lobbing the goalkeeper.
Penrith, fighting for survival in the Northern League, put the game to ease before the break as Murray-Jones, once again, caused mayhem for the defence with a towering header into Coleman’s path who placed the ball beyond a rushing Nimmins.
In the second half, Penrith’s main man was amongst the goals with a low drilled free-kick which flew beyond the wall and into the far corner.
Benfield almost claimed a late consolation as Sam Bell’s clearance from the six-yard box deflected off Benfield’s Jack Devlin, deceiving Stu Dixon but trickling onto the post.
Penrith added their fifth, with Paul getting onto a rebound after Adam Main’s speculative effort crashed onto the bar, with the substitute in the right place to slot home.
Although the game was of major importance to the home side, The Cumbrians claimed a vital three points to move clear of the relegation zone.
Match report Luke Vinton
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