Newcastle Benfield 2 Bedlington Terriers 1
Ebac Northern League Cup – Group D
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Newcastle Benfield consolidated second position in Group D of the league cup with victory over Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers arrived in Walkergate for the second time this season having been our first pre-season opponents back in July. The summer friendly ended in a 1-0 win and tonight was to also end with a narrow victory for the Lions.
Stuart Elliott made changes with one eye on North Shields this weekend, however Benfield started brightly and took the lead in the 9th minute after good work from Jake Turnbull who found Dennis Knight in the area. The in form striker still had work to do but managed to get his effort away and into the corner past Brooks in the visitors goal.
Benfield played some fine football during the first 45 minutes but the Terriers were always a threat going forward with the lively Colquhoun having a golden chance which he pulled wide of Gordon’s goal who was deputising for regular custodian Andrew Grainger.
The Lions doubled their advantage in the 37th minute with a fine side footed finish from Aiden Haley and were in a good position as we headed into the interval.
Bedlington became more of an attacking threat in the second 45 minutes but could have fallen further behind if a Peter Glen-Ravenhill chance had not been ruled out for offside after good work from Kurtis Russell.
There were however a few nervous moments when Mackenzie Sharpe halved the deficit with 17 minutes to go after a goalmouth scramble. Thankfully the lads continued to press after the visitors goal and had several decent opportunities to increase the lead.
Glen-Ravenhill and the impressive Lewis Scorgie both had opportunities but in fairness these were not easy to convert.
With Stuart Elliott throwing himself into the action as a 73rd minute substitute, the team were well placed to take on board the managers requirements and were relatively unscathed in the final exchanges although Bedlington still fancied taking something out of the game with the lead being so slender.
Everyone who pulled on the Benfield shirt tonight can be pleased with their efforts but man of the match went to Lewis Scorgie who was not only captain for the evening but also put in his most commanding performance yet, since his return from injury.
The victory puts the lads in a commanding position to qualify for the knockout stages of the revamped league cup but also sets them up nicely for the tough trip to North Shields on Saturday.
Match report Kev Larkham
Website/Photos Steve Boyle
Mom Lewis scorgie