Newcastle Benfield begin their 2019/20 FA Vase campaign this coming Saturday as Guisborough Town provide the opposition in an all Northern League clash.
The second round tie will be the second time our visitors have been to Sam Smith’s Park this season after our Northern League fixture which ended 2-2.
The September encounter came alive after an hour when Joe Ferguson gave Guisborough the lead before Matty Parker levelled (82) and then Dennis Knight fired the Lions in front (89).
There was even later drama when Brian Close equalised for Guisborough just as it looked like the 3 points had been secured.
Having received a bye until this stage after progressing to the fourth round last season, the lads will be looking for another run in the competition as they dream of a Wembley final next May and the chance to add to the Northern League’s successes in this competition.
There were some memorable moments in last seasons competition with Richie Slaughter’s late strike against Runcorn Town still vividly remembered by all those who were in attendance. Northwich Victoria were to eliminate Benfield in the fourth round but not without an almighty fright, as their 3-0 half time lead was reduced to 3-2 after a storming second half fight back from the Lions.
Guisborough entered this seasons Vase at the first qualifying round stage in August and a solitary strike from Sonni Coleman secured a 1-0 win at fellow Northern League side Penrith. In the second qualifying round a 5-1 victory was secured at Albion Sports with Coleman chalking up another effort along with McNeil (2), Robinson and Marron who were also on target. A trip to Chadderton was the next hurdle in the first round proper when a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Coleman (2) and Crust brought victory. This will remarkably be Guisborough’s fourth successive away trip in this seasons competition.
With Newcastle away to West Ham and the glamour that the FA Vase holds, it is hoped that a decent crowd is in attendance.
The winning club will receive £900 from the FA prize fund and more importantly, a place in Monday’s third round draw.
Last time out:
26/10 Thornaby (H) Northern League
1-0 W (Giraud)
26/10 North Shields (H) Northern League
1-4 L (Robinson – penalty)
Report Kev Larkham
Photos/Website Steve Boyle