Sunderland 0 Newcastle 1

Newcastle Benfield got their Northern League season off to a flying start with a 1-0 away win over Sunderland RCA.

Paul Brayson sealed all three points for the Lions at Meadow Park, with an classy finish early on in the second half.

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New signing Dean Holmes went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half after his low strike cannoned off the post in the first half.

Centre-back Craig Scott, also making his Benfield debut, had a goal ruled out for an adjudged foul on the RCA goalkeeper.

After heavy pressure from the home side, Benfield managed to dig in deep late on to clinch the win.

Full Match report to follow……

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