Today’s match was a thrilling end to end game with plenty of chances for both Newcastle Benfield Reserves and West Jesmond. Benfield came away 4-3 winners after a hatrick from Callum Larmouth and a stunning volley from Robbie Clark.
I must admit I do like the odd Friday night fixture as although it is a rush after work, it is nice having a choice on the Saturday of either attending a game you probably would not have otherwise attended or having a football free weekend.
Having suffered last minute agony at The Glebe last night, it was always my intention to take in the Tyneside Amateur League fixture between Newcastle Benfield Reserves and West Jesmond on the Saturday – a fixture which was taking place on the adjacent pitch to the main pitch at Sam Smiths Park.
Thankfully I knew before I left the house that I would know someone there – Lisa Souter, the secretary of Newcastle Benfield Reserves who I work with and who I have regular almost daily conversations with around Newcastle Benfield (we both have to have a break from work now and again you know!).
It was the lads from NE2 who scored with almost the first kick of the game. This is the first season Newcastle Benfield Reserves have competed in the Tyneside Amateur League and therefore still finding their feet, it was a worry conceding so early. However, there was no need to worry as before half time Benfield would be 2-1 up, pegged back to 2-2 and then find themselves 3-2 up. All of Benfields goals were scored by Callum Larmouth who completes a fine hat trick.
The squad is based around young lads moving from junior football and hoping to break into senior football. Earlier in the season McKenzie Heaney also provided great experience to the younger lads when he played whilst improving his own fitness.
Benfield made it 4-2 in the second half as Robbie Clark scores the best goal of the game with a superb finish. A late penalty from West Jesmond thankfully did not impact on the result as Benfield held on for a 4-3 victory.
All the lads deserve huge credit for the way they try to play attractive football and for the high standards they strive to achieve. Even after falling behind early on, the young Benfield lads continued to play their football in the right way.
There are so many positive things going on at the club and the Reserves are certainly a big part of that. There are many ways to get behind this team and the club generally, whether that be via sponsorship, attending a game, exploring the gym or having your Sunday lunch. With 13 goals in less than 24 hours, I have certainly been entertained and can promise you will too.
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Come along and see what’s going on and make new friends too – you won’t be disappointed.