Consett v Newcastle BenfieldMatch Preview 15-00 kick off
Newcastle Benfield head to Consett on Saturday afternoon, hoping that it’s third time lucky against Terry Mitchell’s side.
In the reverse fixture back in August, Consett ran out narrow 3-2 winners before beating the Lions 3-1 at home in the revamped Northern League Cup. Both affairs have been close with the league cup clash only being decided after two Consett goals in the last six minutes on that September evening.
Consett currently sit in 5th place with their home form in particular underpinning this league position. In the 12 league games played so far at the impressive Belle View Stadium, our hosts have won 8, drawn 3 and only lost 1. The 8 victories have come against Northallerton Town (1-0), Whickham (5-0), Guisborough Town (5-2), Sunderland RCA (3-1), Billingham Town (2-1), Bishop Auckland (3-1), Seaham Red Star (5-1) and Sunderland Ryhope CW (7-3). The 3 teams to leave with a point have been Thornaby (1-1), Whitley Bay (1-1) and Hebburn Town (4-4). Newton Aycliffe were the side to leave with all 3 points after a 2-1 success back in September.
With 38 goals for at home, Consett are the divisions top scorers on their own patch and therefore Stu Elliott and his management team will have to make sure the Lions back line is well drilled as they go looking for a 3rd away clean sheet in a row. The management team will be well aware of the attacking threat that Consett offer, with Dale Pearson (who scored twice in the league cup tie) Luke Carr and Jake Orrell all potentially coming up against their former club. For Benfield, Peter Glen-Ravenhill will be hoping to add to the 2 goals that he has already scored against Consett this season.
The Lions currently sit 10th in the table and although they cannot move higher tomorrow, victory would consolidate their league position in this last fixture for the lads before we move into 2020.
With a decent forecast, this is an ideal opportunity to blow away some of those festive cobwebs and get behind the lads as they seek a victory ahead of a busy January.
After tomorrow, Whitley Bay head to Sam Smith’s Park next Saturday afternoon (4th Jan).
LAST TIME OUT Consett17th December Durham Challenge Cup Esh Winning (H)Won 5-0 (Ardelean 2, Carr 2, Pearson)
Newcastle Benfield 21st December Ebac Northern League Division OneHebburn Town (H)Lost 1-3 (Giraud)
Ground Info Belle View StadiumDelves LaneConsettCounty Durham DH8 7BF

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