New Appointment

Tony Dunn – Sports Therapist


Tony is a RAF serviceman who has recently moved back to his native north east from Gloucestershire.

With extensive Sports Therapy experience, Tony comes with a great reputation gained in the Southern League. The former Redditch United and Cirencester Town Sports Therapist replaces Keiren Stimpson who recently joined Cambridge United in a fulltime role as Lead Academy Physiotherapist.




Transfer News

Newcastle Benfield would like to wish Joe Robson and Jake Orell best wishes and good luck in their transfer to Blyth Spartans

Newcastle Benfield would also like to wish Scott McCarthy Best wishes and good luck as he has decided to leave the Lions.

Newcastle Benfield football club players presentation awards

Supporters player of the year

Dennis Knight

Players player of the season

Jake Orell

Top Goalscorer

Paul Brayson

Young player of the year

Rhys Evans

Goal of the season

Dale Pearson

Newcastle Benfield would like to thank our supporters and sponsors for their support this season and we hope you follow the Lions next season.

Newcastle’s premier Non League football team ⚽️

Special thanks to Groundsman Stan Thompson who retired after 19 years at Newcastle Benfield 👍⚽️

Newcastle Benfield final league game ends in a 4-2 win

Seaham Red Star 2

Newcastle Benfield 4

Ebac Northern League Division 1

The Lions completed their final 2018/19 Northern League Division 1 fixture with a convincing win against Seaham Red Star.

Joe Robson opened the scoring for Benfield with a low drive before James Martin extended the Lions lead with a wind assisted shot which beat Seaham keeper Bannon.

Michael Chilton immediately pulled one back for the hosts with a decent header from a dangerous cross before Dan Wilson prodded home an equaliser just before the break

In the second half both goalkeepers Chris Bannon and Andrew Grainger we’re called upon to produce excellent saves to prevent any further goals,

however the the deadlock was broken when substitute Dale Pearson came on and was unlucky not to score himself striking the post which rebounded to Jake Orell to slot one home and make it 3-2 to Benfield.

The killer goal which clinched the game was scored by Pearson after a determined run and an excellent finish which wrapped the game up for Benfield to win 4-2.

Newcastle Benfield v Ryhope CW. Ebac Northern League Division 1

After two dispiriting defeats against Whickham and then Stockton Town, Newcastle Benfield return to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over a strong, impressive Ryhope CW side in a close and absorbing contest at Sam Smith’s Park. The game got off to a scintillating start, with returning former Benfield striker Jack Devlin failing to find a clean connection when unmarked in the six-yard box, with the ball bobbling towards Mark Turnbull, who shepherded it back to the safe hands of Andrew Grainger. The Benfield keeper’s prodigious throw set James Martin away and the young player covered the ground at breakneck pace, bursting into the opposition area, but failing to set himself on his favoured left foot, resulting in an effort from his weaker right side being deflected back to visiting keeper Joe Atkinson.

This was only a temporary respite for Ryhope, as just on 10 minutes, Benfield skipper Turnbull went on a surging run, exchanging an astute one-two with Paul Brayson to find himself in on goal, with only Atkinson to beat. The ball ended up in the back of the net, but in somewhat bizarre circumstances after Turnbull lost his footing and appeared to manoeuvre it across the line with his upper thighs. No matter, The Lions had the lead. Almost immediately Ryhope ought to have been level, when the always dangerous James Ellis crossed for Devlin, only for the former Stoke hit man to completely miss his kick. Inspired by this, Ryhope took a grip on the game, with the impressive Ollie Hotchkiss imperious in central midfield. He set up Ellis on 32 minutes after intercepting a James Novak clearance. Ellis drove the ball towards the top corner, but Andrew Grainger made a superb save. Sadly, it was another temporary respite, as from the resulting corner Ellis forced the ball home from close range.

Benfield were not excessively discomfited and scored what would be the winner less than 2 minutes later. Dennis Knight’s corner sailed over Armstrong’s unavailing jump, allowing Brayson to nip in and head in, without a visiting defender in attendance. From that point until the break, Benfield launched wave after wave of attacks, but were unable to force the ball home. Both James Martin and Brayson were inches away from increasing the home team’s lead as Ryhope rode their luck, going in 2-1 down at half time.

The second period saw a change in the game’s dynamics, with Ryhope in the ascendancy and Benfield displaying impressive fortitude to hold out for the win. As early as 46 seconds into the half, the magnitude of the task became apparent, when Devlin knocked a loose ball home, only to be flagged offside. On 52 minutes, Devlin’s vicious snapshot was palmed upwards onto the bar and over for a corner by a hypervigilant Grainger.

As the game drew on, the increasingly capricious decisions of referee Shane Sugden baffled and bewildered both sides.

Ryhope were unlucky when substitute Robbie Bird turned on the edge of the box and sent a rising drive against the bar and upwards. As the game moved towards stoppage time, Ryhope again had the ball in the net, but it was disallowed for a clear foul on Andy Grainger and that was to be their final hurrah. With Dennis Knight being forced off with an ankle knock, this allowed Steve Bowey to return to the fold and enjoy his fourth Benfield debut. Without question his energy, drive, superb tackling and organisational skills were vital in ensuring the home team took all 3 points in an exhilarating fashion.


Man of the Match: 

James Martin

Match Report Ian Cusack

Photos website Steve Boyle

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