Newcastle Benfield 1 Stockton Town 1

Newcastle Benfield fielded an unchanged team after the Dunston UTS league game for the visit of Stockton Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

To use cliché, this was certainly a game of two halves. From the kick off, Benfield swarmed all over last season’s FA Vase losing finalists, who struggled to contain the vibrant, expansive attacking play of a rampant home side. Sparkling football on the floor was the order of the day, though clear-cut chances were at a premium. The closest was after 20 minutes when Paul Brayson spun in the penalty area and fired a shot into keeper Arthur’s chest.

Five minutes later, Dylan McEvoy was upended in the area and a penalty was the only possible decision. Up stepped Brayson, but his low kick was blocked by Arthur. Thankfully the experienced marksman reacted quickest and rolled the loose ball home. On 36 minutes it could have been 2, when the centre backs combined; Craig Scott won a header and Joe Robson fired in a shot that Arthurs held. On 40 minutes it ought to have been 2, when Jake Orrell’s teasing cross brushed the post. The loose ball fell to Dean Holmes who thrashed it goalwards from 6 yards, only for it to hit a Stockton defender on the line and bounce to safety. Quite unbelievably, Stockton then broke and equalised with their first attempt on goal, when Nathan Mulligan hit a speculative drive from 40 yards that flew into the top corner. From the restart Stockton almost took the lead, when James Risborough’s sliced cross bounced off the top of the crossbar and out of play, leaving the score level at half time.

The second half was a more sedate affair, with Benfield seemingly running out of ideas after the sparkling opening period and lacking the spark to break down the indomitable Stockton rearguard. The visitors seemed happy enough to stifle play and take the game to a replay, though Benfield almost won it in injury time when Dale Pearson’s effort struck the post with keeper Arthurs unsighted. Sadly, it wasn’t to be and the sides meet again at Bishopton Road on Wednesday 15th August.

Man of the Match: Jake Orrell

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Newcastle Benfield took the lead in the 26th minute with a goal from Paul Brayson who followed up after his penalty was initially saved by Stockton goal keeper Michael Arthur.

A fantastic strike from Nathan Mulligan just prior to the interval levelled the score at 1-1 which was the end result.

A replay beckons at Stockton

Full match report and coverage to follow…..

Newcastle 0 Dunston 0

Following an impressive opening day brace of away wins for Newcastle Benfield at Sunderland RCA and Dunston UTS at title-favourites West Auckland Town, a large and expectant crowd gathered at Sam Smith’s Park for what turned out to be an absorbing rather than scintillating contest. One of the undoubted effects of Northern League Division 1 reducing from 22 clubs last season to 19 this year, is the number of crucial games between potential contenders for the league title. With approximately half a dozen teams, including this evening’s combatants, in with a realistic chance of topping the table next May, there is little margin for error and the intensely competitive nature of this fixture is a harbinger of what will unfold over the next 8 months. The disinterested neutral digesting the 0-0 result may wish to speculate that a game that ends without a goal scored has been a dull way to spend an evening; they would be wrong in that assumption. Undoubtedly this was not thrill a minute, end to end, total football, but neither was it a cautious, stultifying stalemate; thankfully catenaccio tactics are not in vogue at Step 6 just as yet.

For the first home game of the season, Benfield made one change to their starting XI, with Dylan McEvoy coming in for Joe Hailes who took his place on the bench, while Alex Nisbet replaced Josh Scott as another of the substitutes. The opening exchanges were distinctly cagey, with Benfield’s attempts at a short, passing game stifled by the tenacious interventions and tigerish tackling of a committed Dunston side. The away side sought a more direct route to goal but were comfortably held at arm’s length by further outstanding handling by the imperious Andrew Grainger and the aerial strength of Craig Scott and Joe Robson at the heart of the home defence. As a result, Dunston changed the emphasis of their attack and sought to get the ball wide and in behind the home full-back pairing of Rhys Evans and former Dunston man James MartinThis tactic almost paid off midway through the half when Liam Brooks cut inside and fired on target. Thankfully the reliable palms of Grainger deflected the ball to safety. From this, Benfield broke rapidly and a peach of a cross by Jake Orrell just eluded the on-rushing Brayson at the back post. The final chance of note came right at the end of the half when Rhys Evans delivered a superb ball to split the defence and allow Brayson a clear run on goal. He attempted to go around keeper Karl Dryden, but the Dunston man made a superbly timed intervention to sweep the ball away, with the whistle going a split second later for half time.

The second period followed the same tight pattern, though Benfield, as they had done at RCA in the previous game, began to get on top as time wore on. Just before the hour mark, Brayson was inches away from an opener, when his free kick clipped the top of the bar with Dryden beaten. Manager Mark Convery again rang the changes to try and find a way through the visiting defence; Jack Devlin, Scott McCarthy and Dale Pearson all came on to replace Dean Holmes, Dylan McEvoy and Jake Orrell. Pearson, as he had on Saturday, made an eye-catching contribution with his physical presence and determined running. On 74 minutes he swung in a perfect cross for Joe Robson to bullet a header at goal, only for Dryden to turn it behind at full stretch.

Paul Brayson also went close to opening the scoring, striking the cross bar from a free kick The nearest thing to a goal was the incredible melee on 84 minutes that saw Devlin, McCarthy, Brayson and seemingly every other Benfield outfield player denied by the inside of the post, Dryden’s acrobatics and the willingness of the Dunston defence to throw themselves at the loose ball to protect a point. This they did and a game that provided more and more entertainment as the night progressed ended with both sides claiming a point, to remain unbeaten and with back to back clean sheets in their opening fixtures.

Man of the Match: Craig Scott

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SUNDERLAND RCA 0 NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 1

Newcastle Benfield get off to a flying start

The 2018/2019 season got underway on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Sunderland RCA’s welcoming and well-appointed Meadow Park. Even before a ball was kicked, there was drama with the home side’s goalkeeping coach Lenny French suffering a suspected heart attack in the warm up, which resulted in an ambulance being called. Thankfully it appears that he is not as ill as feared and is making a recovery. All of us at Benfield wish him the very best for a speedy return to good health.

Benfield were without Mark Turnbull, Matty Grieve, Alex Nisbet and the injured Lewis Scorgie, though manager Mark Convery still had 18 players at his disposal. The chosen 16 boasted 5 new signings, including 4 of the starting eleven. Each one of them was to make a significant contribution as the visitors grew appreciably in strength as the game wore on and ran out far more comfortable winners than the final score suggests.

The game began with Benfield kicking down the appreciable slope on an immaculate pitch, though the first opening of the game went to the home side. A bout of ping pong in the Benfield area saw a cross shot diverted away from goal, with RCA players vainly claiming for handball. This, sadly, was a repeated feature of the RCA mindset, as risible, orchestrated claims for offside, fouls and the like accompanied every marginal decision. After 15 minutes, wholly inaccurate claims for offside issued forth when Dean Holmes, who had a magisterial debut on the left side of attack, burst through a static home defence and fired against the base of the post with keeper Keith Finch rooted to the spot. Paul Brayson recycled the loose ball and his teasing cross was volleyed fractionally over by Jake Orrell. It was a good opportunity and as close to an opening goal as we would come in the first half. Benfield’s other significant chance came on the half hour, when Brayson received a short ball at the edge of the area from Joe Hailes but was only able to steer his half-hit effort wide of the post. At the other end, Andrew Grainger was called on to make a smart stop, low to his right from Stephen Callen after 35 minutes, but had little meaningful work to do other than collecting loose, long or aimless balls into the area as RCA’s game plan of exploiting their presumed height advantage foundered on the immaculate displays at centre half by debutants Joe Robson and deputising captain Craig Scott.

The decisive goal came soon after the resumption, when Richie Slaughter’s chipped ball over the top of a flatfooted RCA defence was gathered by Brayson. A touch to steady himself was followed by a snorting drive into the top corner that flashed past the bemused Finch. From that point on, it was clear only one side would win. While RCA’s one-dimensional long ball tactics highlighted the absence of a Plan B for the home side, and their voluble entreaties to the officials became ever more desperate, Benfield calmly wrested control of the game, enjoying dominance until the final whistle. There could, and perhaps should, have been more goals. Firstly, a Jordan Laidler cross was nodded home by Craig Scott, only for the referee to disallow on the pretext of a foul on the keeper, which seems ever more arcane when studying video footage of the incident. Then, with Jack Devlin, Scott McCarthy and Dale Pearson appearing in place of Brayson, Holmes and Orrell, keeper Finch raced from his area to upend the flying McCarthy. Pearson’s resultant free kick was nodded a fraction over the bar by the on-rushing Robson. Despite 6 minutes of added time, there were no dramas in the away penalty area and an impressive Lions cruised to a comfortable win.

Man of the Match: Joe Robson

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Sunderland 0 Newcastle 1

Newcastle Benfield got their Northern League season off to a flying start with a 1-0 away win over Sunderland RCA.

Paul Brayson sealed all three points for the Lions at Meadow Park, with an classy finish early on in the second half.

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New signing Dean Holmes went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half after his low strike cannoned off the post in the first half.

Centre-back Craig Scott, also making his Benfield debut, had a goal ruled out for an adjudged foul on the RCA goalkeeper.

After heavy pressure from the home side, Benfield managed to dig in deep late on to clinch the win.

Full Match report to follow……

New season

Newcastle Benfield finished their pre season friendlies with a 2-2 draw against Barking Fc from the Bostik league.

A competitive and entertaining friendly against Barking which was well reffed by Lindsey Robinson and her assistants

Newcastle Benfield’s first game is Away to Sunderland Rca in the Northern League.

Season tickets are on sale now plus why not join our supporters club for £5 for the season offering various Discounts within Newcastle Benfield complex.

The Newcastle Benfield Gym is now open. Watch the lads from the treadmill not even premier league clubs can offer that facility

Two new sponsors have agreed to purchase an advertising board for the forthcoming season.

Get your company alongside Newcastle Premier Non League Team.

New signing

Newcastle Benfield have completed the signing of Jordan Laidler from Blyth Spartans.

Jordan returns to the Lions after a month loan deal spent at Benfield last season.

Welcome Jordan. 👍⚽️

Thanks to David Laidler who has a agreed to sponsor Jordan.

Supporters player sponsorship £25 for the season.

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