Newcastle Benfield 4 Guisborough Town 0
Buildbase FA Vase
Saturday 2nd November 2019
The Lions roared into the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase after Guisborough Town were well and truly mauled at Sam Smith’s Park on Saturday afternoon.
After the teams finished all square back in September, it was reasonable to expect another close affair, however, Benfield had different ideas as they started on the front foot and retained that mindset throughout.
It only took 2 minutes for the lads to take the lead and Paul Brayson can count himself rather unfortunate that it was not his name on the scoresheet. After a goalmouth scramble when the ball would not go in for the Lions number 9, it was Daniel O’Reilly who was on hand to drill in his first goal for his new club and more crucially give the hosts an early advantage.
Benfield continued to look the far likelier to score again with Peter Glen-Ravenhill next to go close after some fine work creating a chance for himself.
In the 12th minute, the early dominance was rewarded with a second goal after Dennis Knight was crudely fouled just outside the Guisborough box. Knight dusted himself down and curled an absolute beauty into the top corner to double the lead.
Guisborough were well and truly on the ropes in the opening 45 minutes as Knight and Brayson could have easily increased the lead, with the best chance falling to Knight who rattled an effort off the post. O’Reilly too was looking very threatening for the hosts.
Guisborough were reduced to half chances but did have a period of attacking intent as the half closed out, however, Andrew Grainger in the Lions goal was not unduly threatened.
Guisborough started the second half with the same level of attacking threat as they looked to claw their way back into the contest, however, crucially, Benfield were able to keep the visitors out and the clean sheet intact.
After weathering the early second half storm, Benfield continued their attacking dominance and after poor defending, Brayson was fouled in the area and a penalty awarded to the hosts. Unfortunately Dennis Knight crashed his effort wide of the goal without forcing Guisborough keeper Yaqub to make a save.
The contest was all but over after 57 minutes when Brayson scored a third after finding space in the area to calmly beat Yaqub.
After the earlier penalty, another potential spot kick was turned down after a clumsy challenge on Knight, however Guisborough did not learn from this let off, as shortly after Knight was fouled again and another penalty was awarded. This time, Knight blasted the Lions into a four goal lead with a cool finish.
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Although Guisborough continued to battle, the contest was long since over and it was probably Benfield who were still having the more gilt edged opportunities, with substitute Bowey in particular, agonisingly inches away from adding a 5th.
Every single player could justifiably be considered for the man of the match award but in the end, Peter Glen-Ravenhill shaded the marks after a fine performance.
Next up, it’s Brandon United away in the league cup on Wednesday. There will also be crucial league points at stake before the next round of the Vase comes around on Saturday 30th November.
Manager Stuart Elliott
Gave his reaction to the game on BBC Newcastle radio
Match report Kev Larkham
Website photos Steve Boyle