Newcastle Benfield 2
The lions quickly put the disappointment of Saturdays Buildbase FA Vase exit behind them as they roared to victory at Whickham on Wednesday evening.
It was clear from the very early stages that the lads were keen to bounce back into form with Benfield looking the livelier in the early exchanges. The tone was set after a great early run down the wing by Giraud with his cross inches away from being converted. The loose ball from the same move was picked up by Novak who’s cross was headed towards goal by Brayson but Bartlett pulled off a great save.
Benfields passing was crisp with some fine moves developing through Parker, Richardson, Haley and Giraud in particular but all players in yellow shirts were looking solid.
The next chance followed after great play from Kanda who played the ball through to Brayson who laid off first time for Cyril Giraud who was just unable to connect.
The first goal arrived in the 25th minute when Giraud broke clear and with plenty of time, calmly stroked the ball past Bartlett in the Whickham goal.
Whickham were to hit the post late in the half but it was the lions who went in ahead at the interval.
Whickham’s chances of taking something from the game were hit in the second half when captain Peareth received a second yellow card after a challenge on Joe Robson and with only 3 named substitutes our hosts were stretched by this point as they sought an equaliser.
Brayson and Giraud continued to cause panic in the Lang Jacks back line but others were getting in on the act too with Glen-Ravenhill going agonisingly close after a cross shot from Parker. Kanda also fired high and wide as Benfield looked to stretch their lead.
For all present it was clear Bartlett was the leading contender for Whickham man of the match after some fine saves, however, whilst only 1-0, the danger was always there for Benfield even though Andrew Grainger and the defenders in front of him were performing solidly.
Thankfully in the last minute Paul Brayson added a second which his evenings work fully deserved and the points were finally wrapped up in the process, much to the relief of the travelling Benfield support.
An excellent nights work from the lads and each of them can be proud of their efforts with the clean sheet also a huge positive.
Man of the Match for Benfield Cyril Giraud
Next up, it’s West Auckland Town at home this Saturday in the Ebac Northern League (3pm).