Newcastle Benfield v North Shields –

Newcastle Benfield v North Shields 
Saturday 11th January 2020
Ebac Northern League Division One
Sam Smith’s Park – 3.00pm

Newcastle Benfield stage their third home fixture in a row on Saturday afternoon as North Shields make the short trip along the Coast Road.

With victories in the previous two home games, Lions supporters will be hoping it is three in a row, however, the Robins are sure to provide a stern test.

Benfield were unfortunate not to take a point in the reverse fixture back in October on a miserable North Tyneside afternoon, however, two very late Kyle Patton strikes meant efforts from Peter Glen-Ravenhill and Dennis Knight counted for nothing in a 4-2 defeat.

North Shields are having a solid season and currently sit 5th in the first division table. On the road, the men from the Daren Persson Stadium have played 9, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 4. The 4 victories have come at Penrith (3-0), Whickham (3-1), Guisborough Town (4-1) and Northallerton Town (3-2). The 1 draw came at West Auckland (1-1) with the 4 defeats coming at Sunderland RCA (1-2), Ashington (1-2), Stockton Town (1-3) and Shildon (0-3).

Although Dean Holmes remains a long term absentee, Ben Richardson, Peter Glen-Ravenhill, Jack Cooper and Joe Robson could all feature against their former club. For Shields, Scott McCarthy could make a first return to Sam Smith’s Park, if selected. Robins Assistant Manager Anthony Woodhouse is also a former Benfield manager.

After the midweek victory over Brandon United, the squad should be in fine fettle as they search for an important three points. Although Cyril Giraud quite rightly took the headlines with his five goal blast, there were plenty of other positives as the management team consider the starting eleven to take on Marc Nash and his North Shields outfit.

In other news, we have this week announced Kevin Keegan as our guest speaker at this year’s Sportsman’s Dinner. The event takes place on Thursday 9th April at the Grand Hotel at Gosforth Park. Please speak to any club official for further information.

Back to Saturday and as per usual, our match day programme will be on sale for (£1), together with golden goal tickets – look out for the ticket sellers as you enter the ground.

LAST TIME OUT 
North Shields
Saturday 4th January
Ebac Northern League Division One
North Shields 1 (Ryan Carr) Sunderland RCA 3

Newcastle Benfield 
Wednesday 8th January 
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup
Newcastle Benfield 8 (Cyril Giraud x 5, Ben Richardson, o.g x2) Brandon United 0

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