Seaham Red Star 0
Newcastle Benfield 2
Newcastle Benfield secured a fine victory at Seaham Red Star on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts were dealt a major blow when leading marksman Dan Wilson was injured in the warm up with young Morgan Dart being promoted from the bench.
Early proceedings were low key with neither Andrew Grainger or Chris Bannon having much to do in their respective boxes with only Michael Chilton having an effort early on.
Generally, the first 20 minutes followed the same pattern with much of the play in and around central areas. Benfield had a great opportunity just before the half hour as Cyril Giraud found himself in space but Chris Bannon saved. Moments later, Guilherme Baltazar had a glorious chance to put the lions ahead but his shot went wide of the left hand post. The next chance fell for Giraud after good work from Ben Richardson but he could not keep the effort down and blazed over the bar.
There were further half chances but the sides went into the half time interval all square.
Benfield started the second half positively and in the 59th minute, the lads were rewarded with the opening goal. Mechack Kanda was strong in the middle of the park before he released Paul Brayson who in turn slipped the ball through to Cyril Giraud, who made no mistake in beating Bannon in the Red Star goal.
The back line were extremely strong as they offered full protection to Andrew Grainger and although Chilton did have the ball in the net from a header, the linesman raised his flag very quickly for an offside decision.
There had been the odd drop of rain during the afternoon but as we approached the final stages, snow began to swirl around The Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.
Benfield remained good value for their lead and during five minutes of added time the Lions doubled their advantage. An excellent through ball from Giraud set up Dennis Knight who made no mistake as he calmly directed a low shot past Bannon in the Red Star goal.
Shortly afterwards the referee brought an end to proceedings and a fine 2-0 victory was secured. There were very good performances across the pitch and the clean sheet was also a huge positive. Indeed the shutout resulted in Mark Turnbull collecting the man of the match award after a rock solid afternoon from the Benfield captain.
Match Report Kev Larkham
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