Newcastle Benfield v Penrith
Ebac Northern League Division 1
Sam Smith’s Park
Saturday 18th January 2020 (3pm kick off)
Newcastle Benfield will look to put the disappointment of last Saturdays defeat to North Shields behind them as Penrith make the trip to Tyneside this coming Saturday.
With no game since last weekend, the management team have had a full week to prepare for the Cumbrians visit.
Penrith finished bottom of the table last year before earning a reprieve from relegation to the Second Division after the annual league reshuffles. However, the men from The Frenchfield Stadium have given themselves a chance of avoiding a similar fate this season by having already won the same number of games as in the entire 2018/19 campaign. Sitting 16th in the table things look a lot rosier but a couple of short term victories would certainly help increase the gap between the Cumbrians and the bottom 3 and provide a little more comfort.
Penrith have been on their travels 11 times this season, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 7. The 2 victories have come since the start of December at Whitley Bay (2-1) and last time out at Seaham Red Star (3-2). The 2 draws have been achieved at Ashington (1-1) and Billingham Town (2-2). The 7 defeats have been recorded at Hebburn Town (0-3), Shildon (2-3), Thornaby (0-3), Newton Aycliffe (0-4), Stockton Town (1-5), West Auckland (0-6) and Bishop Auckland (1-2).
Benfield secured a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture thanks to a superb strike from Aiden Haley and also an effort from Matty Parker. The Lions conceded in stoppage time but thankfully were able to hold on and head back across the A69 with maximum points.
Max Brown who scored the late consolation back in August scored twice last Saturday and currently tops the Penrith goal scoring charts with 12 league goals this season. The 20 year old ex Carlisle United frontman is certainly having a fine season and would appear to have a bright future ahead of him.
Stuart Elliott and the management team will be hoping the free week has allowed any bumps and bruises to clear but must again do without Reece Noble who remains suspended.
As per usual, programmes (£1) and golden goal tickets (£1) will be on sale, together with a good selection of merchandise in our club shop.
After Saturday, Newcastle United under 23’s come to Sam Smith’s Park on Wednesday evening for a Senior Cup quarter final clash.
LAST TIME OUT
11th January 2020
Seaham Red Star 2 Penrith 3 (Max Brown 2, Stuart Johnson)
11th January 2020
Newcastle Benfield 0 North Shields 2
20th October 2018
Newcastle Benfield 4 (Scott McCarthy x3 / Dennis Knight – penalty) Penrith 1 (Shaun Gardner)