BROOKES MILESON NORTHERN LEAGUE CUP HEBBURN TOWN v NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 2ND ROUND.
Second placed Hebburn were the hosts for the first part of the league cup which was at a knockout stage after a mini league decided on who would progress forward to the next stage.
Hebburn were one of the form teams lying in second place in the league and being undefeated in their last five games which included progression in the F.A. VASE.
It was a cagey start by both teams the first real effort of the half came in the 23rd minute, a fine pass from Peter Glen-Ravenhill found team mate Cyril Giraud who saw his 20 yard drive just clear the Hebburn cross bar. It was Ravenhill who was then again in the thick of the action four minutes later, Lewis Scorgie played him in and from a difficult angle he put his effort just wide of the far post. Not being too down hearted Peter then opened the scoring for Benfield in the 29th minute, a long ball from the down the right wing from the half way line found Paul Brayson who cushioned the ball into the path of RAVENHILL who gleefully side footed the ball past the home keeper Mark Foden making it 1-0 to the lions.
Hebburn were not to be too downhearted at going a goal down as within 2 minutes a fine three man move ended unluckily for the home team with Graeme Armstrong hitting the outside of the Benfield post and away to safety.
The home team were starting to come back into the game and were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position just outside of the Benfield penalty area, but the home supporters were disappointed when the shot on goal was easily cleared for a corner by Benfield captain Mark Turnbull who was returning after a terrible dose of Man Flu.
A minute later another free kick to Hebburn saw the ball half cleared to Louis Storey who saw his effort scrape the outside of the post. Halftime was approaching when Hebburn had two chances to equalise, firstly Thomas Potter had a good opportunity but shot wide from a promising position. Then Hebburn captain Louis Storey went on a fine run but saw his final effort cleared away to safety leaving the score at 1-0 to Benfield at the interval.
The second half was equally shared for the first twenty minutes but Benfield came close to getting a second goal when a good shot and turn on the left side of the home teams penalty area by Paul Brayson saw Hebburn keeper Mark Fodden make a comfortable save.
Seventy five minutes had elapsed when Hebburn were awarded a controversial free kick in a good shooting position on the edge of the Benfield penalty area, unfortunately for the home team supporters they saw a weak effort from Michael Richardson easily cleared away to safety.
Hebburn were made to rue this shooting opportunity as from the clearance Newcastle Benfield doubled their score in the 76th minute, breaking quickly down the left flank the ball came to the possession of PAUL BRAYSON who the played a one two with goal scorer Peter Glen- Ravenhill and he then guided the ball into the Hebburn goal via the inside of the post making the score 2-0.
The visitors then comfortably ran the clock down deservedly winning 2-0.
M. O.M………….JOE ROBSON,
Report by …….ALLAN YOUNG