Shildon v Newcastle Benfield Northern League Division 1

Shildon v Newcastle Benfield 
Ebac Northern League Division One
Saturday 16th November 2019
Dean Street – 3pm

Newcastle Benfield head to Shildon on Saturday as the Lions look to put recent weather frustrations behind them.

Since the excellent Buildbase FA Vase victory against Guisborough Town, fixtures against Brandon United and Newton Aycliffe have been lost to the elements. Shildon did play last weekend and will be pleased they did having collected maximum points at Ashington.

The Dean Street men are having a positive league season under the leadership of former player Daniel Moore but all associated with the Railwaymen will be hugely disappointed with the recent Vase exit at Lower Breck. 

In the league, Shildon have won 4 of their 6 home fixtures, with maximum points secured against Thornaby, Ryhope CW, Penrith and Northallerton Town. Seaham Red Star collected a point with Consett collecting all 3 points, these two fixtures being the most recent at home and therefore Shildon are without a home league win since September. This statistic is probably a little harsh given our hosts have won 7 times since that September victory over Northallerton Town in a combination of different cup competitions and away fixtures. 

With Shildon currently sitting 6th in the table and with 20 goals scored in the first 6 home league fixtures, it will certainly be a very tough test for the Lions but with our own goal threats, an entertaining contest should be on the cards.

After our enforced break, the management team will hope that any niggles which were being carried have now fully cleared. After Saturday, the next date for your diary will be Wednesday 20th November when Stockton Town head to Sam Smith’s Park for a home league fixture.

Before setting off for Shildon, please keep a check on social media for any pitch inspections or other news regarding the match – it does appear rain could play a part yet again.

Dean Street, Shildon, DL4 1HA

Adults £7, Concessions £5, Under 16’s £2, Under 5’s free


18th August 2018
Shildon 3 (Robson 23, Trotter 32, Blackford 68) Newcastle Benfield 2 (Pearson 21 & 93)
Attendance 273

Sat 9th Nov 2019 – Ebac Northern League
Ashington 2 Shildon 4 (Gruelich-Smith x2 / Craggs x2)

Newcastle Benfield
Sat 2nd Nov 2019 – Buildbase FA Vase
Newcastle Benfield 4 (O’Reilly, Knight x 2, Brayson) Guisborough Town 0


Robson Returns

Newcastle Benfield are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Robson.

Joe returns to the Lions after leaving Benfield to join Blyth Spartans at the start of this season.

Joe can play in both defence and midfield and is an excellent signing for Newcastle Benfield.

Welcome back Joe.

Newcastle Benfield Away To Brandon

Brandon United v Newcastle Benfield 
League Cup – Group D
Wednesday 6th November 2019

Newcastle Benfield head to the Welfare Ground home of Brandon United this coming Wednesday for a Northern League cup clash, 7-45pm kick off.

This tie was originally scheduled for Wednesday 9th October but was postponed at the eleventh hour after vandalism put a section of the floodlights out of action.

It will be a confident Lions squad who head down to County Durham after Saturdays convincing Buildbase FA Vase victory over Guisborough Town.

Brandon currently find themselves bottom of the second division of the Northern League but will be sure to raise their game against opposition from the first division. Although our hosts have conceded five in each of their last three home games, they certainly can’t be taken lightly having already secured a 0-0 draw against first division Sunderland Ryhope CW earlier in the season, in a different competition.

Brandon’s last home victory was against Tow Law back in August when they recorded their biggest win of the season (4-1).

Although Consett have secured top spot, there are still permutations regarding the remainder of Group D, however, Benfield will be assured of second spot and will progress to the knockout stages if they pick up at least a point on Wednesday evening.

Brandon were meant to be at home to West Allotment on Saturday gone but a waterlogged pitch scuppered that fixture. With rain never far away at the moment, please keep a check on social media to avoid an unnecessary journey.

Welfare Ground, Rear Commercial Street, Brandon, County Durham, DH7 8PL

Newcastle Benfield
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Buildbase FA Vase
Guisborough Town (H) – 4-0W (O’Reilly, Knight x2, Brayson)

Brandon United
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Northern League Cup
Bedlington Terriers (A) – 1-4L (Pinder)


Newcastle Benfield 4 Guisborough Town 0

Attendance 235
Buildbase FA Vase

Second round 
Saturday 2nd November 2019

The Lions roared into the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase after Guisborough Town were well and truly mauled at Sam Smith’s Park on Saturday afternoon.

After the teams finished all square back in September, it was reasonable to expect another close affair, however, Benfield had different ideas as they started on the front foot and retained that mindset throughout.

It only took 2 minutes for the lads to take the lead and Paul Brayson can count himself rather unfortunate that it was not his name on the scoresheet. After a goalmouth scramble when the ball would not go in for the Lions number 9, it was Daniel O’Reilly who was on hand to drill in his first goal for his new club and more crucially give the hosts an early advantage.

Benfield continued to look the far likelier to score again with Peter Glen-Ravenhill next to go close after some fine work creating a chance for himself.

In the 12th minute, the early dominance was rewarded with a second goal after Dennis Knight was crudely fouled just outside the Guisborough box. Knight dusted himself down and curled an absolute beauty into the top corner to double the lead.

Guisborough were well and truly on the ropes in the opening 45 minutes as Knight and Brayson could have easily increased the lead, with the best chance falling to Knight who rattled an effort off the post. O’Reilly too was looking very threatening for the hosts.

Guisborough were reduced to half chances but did have a period of attacking intent as the half closed out, however, Andrew Grainger in the Lions goal was not unduly threatened.

Guisborough started the second half with the same level of attacking threat as they looked to claw their way back into the contest, however, crucially, Benfield were able to keep the visitors out and the clean sheet intact.

After weathering the early second half storm, Benfield continued their attacking dominance and after poor defending, Brayson was fouled in the area and a penalty awarded to the hosts. Unfortunately Dennis Knight crashed his effort wide of the goal without forcing Guisborough keeper Yaqub to make a save.

The contest was all but over after 57 minutes when Brayson scored a third after finding space in the area to calmly beat Yaqub.

After the earlier penalty, another potential spot kick was turned down after a clumsy challenge on Knight, however Guisborough did not learn from this let off, as shortly after Knight was fouled again and another penalty was awarded. This time, Knight blasted the Lions into a four goal lead with a cool finish.

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Although Guisborough continued to battle, the contest was long since over and it was probably Benfield who were still having the more gilt edged opportunities, with substitute Bowey in particular, agonisingly inches away from adding a 5th.

Every single player could justifiably be considered for the man of the match award but in the end, Peter Glen-Ravenhill shaded the marks after a fine performance.

Next up, it’s Brandon United away in the league cup on Wednesday. There will also be crucial league points at stake before the next round of the Vase comes around on Saturday 30th November.

Manager Stuart Elliott

Gave his reaction to the game on BBC Newcastle radio

Match report Kev Larkham

Website photos Steve Boyle

Newcastle Benfield Manager Stuart Elliott

Newcastle Benfield FC are pleased to announce that after discussions we have agreed to extend our manager Stuart Elliott’s stay at the club by a further 1 year extending it to the end of 2020/21 season

Stu has helped stabilise the club in difficult times and is keen to build on the good work already undertaken, allowing us to develop the club and take us forward. This has been helped by the continued commitment of all our sponsors (Dave Robson)

Lions new recruits

Newcastle Benfield Manager Stuart Elliott has been busy this week with 2 new signings.

Daniel Oreilly who signed from Ashington made a promising debut in Saturday’s win over Thornaby before going off injured.

Konstantinos Dabizas who is the Son of Newcastle United legend Nikos has also joined the Lions.

Kostas is a defender like his father and was formerly with Hartlepool United

Welcome to the club ⚽️👏

Fa Vase preview Newcastle Benfield v Guisborough Town Saturday 2nd November 2019

Newcastle Benfield begin their 2019/20 FA Vase campaign this coming Saturday as Guisborough Town provide the opposition in an all Northern League clash.

The second round tie will be the second time our visitors have been to Sam Smith’s Park this season after our Northern League fixture which ended 2-2. 

The September encounter came alive after an hour when Joe Ferguson gave Guisborough the lead before Matty Parker levelled (82) and then Dennis Knight fired the Lions in front (89).

There was even later drama when Brian Close equalised for Guisborough just as it looked like the 3 points had been secured.

Having received a bye until this stage after progressing to the fourth round last season, the lads will be looking for another run in the competition as they dream of a Wembley final next May and the chance to add to the Northern League’s successes in this competition. 

There were some memorable moments in last seasons competition with Richie Slaughter’s late strike against Runcorn Town still vividly remembered by all those who were in attendance. Northwich Victoria were to eliminate Benfield in the fourth round but not without an almighty fright, as their 3-0 half time lead was reduced to 3-2 after a storming second half fight back from the Lions.

Guisborough entered this seasons Vase at the first qualifying round stage in August and a solitary strike from Sonni Coleman secured a 1-0 win at fellow Northern League side Penrith. In the second qualifying round a 5-1 victory was secured at Albion Sports with Coleman chalking up another effort along with McNeil (2), Robinson and Marron who were also on target. A trip to Chadderton was the next hurdle in the first round proper when a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Coleman (2) and Crust brought victory. This will remarkably be Guisborough’s fourth successive away trip in this seasons competition.

With Newcastle away to West Ham and the glamour that the FA Vase holds, it is hoped that a decent crowd is in attendance.

The winning club will receive £900 from the FA prize fund and more importantly, a place in Monday’s third round draw.

Last time out:
Newcastle Benfield
26/10 Thornaby (H) Northern League
1-0 W (Giraud)

Guisborough Town 
26/10 North Shields (H) Northern League
1-4 L (Robinson – penalty)

Report Kev Larkham

Photos/Website Steve Boyle

Newcastle Benfield v Thornaby

Newcastle Benfield v Thornaby

Ebac Northern League First Division 

Saturday 26th October 2019

On a day when a number of Northern League games were postponed after heavy rain in the preceding 24 hours, the excellent Sam Smith’s pitch was deemed perfectly playable as Thornaby arrived in Walkergate for the second time in little over a month after going down 3-1 in a league cup fixture at the back end of September. 

After last weeks disappointing reverse at North Shields, Stuart Elliott and the Lions were hoping for a similar outcome to that league cup meeting but with Dennis Knight unavailable the management team were forced to shuffle their pack and handed a debut to Daniel O’Reilly who recently signed from Ashington.

Thornaby arrived with some significant height in their starting eleven, including the experienced and much travelled Ian Ward.

On a much more settled afternoon than last week, Benfield found themselves unusually attacking the clubhouse end in the first half. Early exchanges were contested in central areas with no real opportunities for either side as Andrew Grainger and James Dawson were reduced to mainly spectator roles in their respective goalmouths. 

O’Reilly was looking sharp as he aimed to impress his new club on his debut and after 25 minutes he tested Dawson in the Thornaby goal but the visiting custodian was equal to the effort.

Thornaby were probably shading the half chances which were being created at this stage and indeed Mark Turnbull made an excellent last ditch clearance as Thornaby threatened to take the lead.

Paul Brayson had an opportunity to put the lions into the lead after 32 minutes but his delicate dink was clawed out of the air by Dawson. The Benfield front man was looking like the best outlet for a home goal and linked up well with Parker shortly afterwards but the resulting corner came to nothing. Brayson also had an opportunity a few minutes before half time but his chance flashed wide and the sides went into the interval all square.

Benfield started brightly in the second half as the impressive Haley patrolled the midfield area with Ben Richardson and it was Haley who played a fine ball through to O’Reilly but unfortunately the effort was comfortable for Dawson.

The contest turned rather scrappy in the middle part of the second half which was fully understandable given how energy sapping the heavy pitch must of been for both teams.

Cyril Giraud was starting to influence the contest when he was chopped down on the edge of the area but the free kick from Brayson was to be blocked by the Thornaby wall.

Benfield continued to press for the crucial breakthrough and after an excellent interchange between Novak and Brayson, the lions defender forced Dawson into a save low down.

In the 78th minute, debutant O’Reilly was given a breather and replaced by Kurtis Russell as both sides pressed for what was surely going to be the decisive goal in this contest. Ben Richardson produced a tremendous block as Thornaby sensed all 3 points were heading back down the A19. Aiden Haley then went on a marvellous run before shooting narrowly wide. 

Finally in the 88th minute, Benfield broke the deadlock as a fine cross from Russell was glanced home by Cyril Giraud to delight the Benfield supporters in a gate of 194. Having waited so long for the breakthrough, Benfield were in no mood for further late drama and were able to see out the remaining time without being unduly threatened. The goal was probably cruel on Thornaby but after leaving North Shields with nothing last week after similar late drama, it is difficult to feel too sorry for our visitors. In fairness to Thornaby though, based on today, it can only be a matter of time before they pull themselves clear of the relegation zone.

Although over the 90 minutes chances were at a slight premium, there were still fine performances throughout the team with Haley, Kanda and the overall defensive unit having a solid afternoon.

It’s the crucial FA Vase second round clash with Guisborough Town next weekend and after the three points today, the lads should be full of confidence as they start out on the Wembley trail.

Match report Kevin Larkham

Photos website Steve Boyle

Photos Nathan Pearson

North Shields 4 Newcastle Benfield 2 Ebac Northern League Match Report

North Shields 4

Newcastle Benfield 2
Saturday 19th October 2019
Ebac Northern League Division One

The Lions made the short journey down the Coast Road to North Shields on Saturday afternoon, as two of the in form teams in the division locked horns.

Although there probably weren’t serious doubts about the game, the heavens opened a couple of hours beforehand and nothing changed throughout the whole afternoon as the already heavy pitch and everyone involved took a soaking.

It was Benfield who started the brighter and seemed to be adjusting to the conditions better than the hosts. This positive start was reflected in the score line after 14 minutes when a great cross from Parker was met by former Shields man Glen-Ravenhill who delighted the travelling Benfield supporters with a fine header past Purvis in the Shields goal.

Given the poor conditions, the game already felt like fine margins would be the difference and therefore when a stunning free-kick from ex Robin Ben Richardson crashed against the crossbar rather than putting the lions 2 up, the visiting contingent wondered how costly this misfortune could be. It was a fine run from Baltazar who won the free kick but unfortunately, injury ended his afternoon shortly afterwards as Jake Turnbull entered the fray.

Shields earlier feeling of despair that a former player had come back to haunt them was switched to Benfield after 25 minutes when Scott McCarthy levelled proceedings against his former club when given space to fire the home side level.

Benfield had looked the far more composed side until the leveller but Shields had by far the better of things for the remainder of the half, although Knight shaved the post with a fine effort and Glen-Ravenhill was also very close to getting his second. Unfortunately Shields increased threat was rewarded with a goal from Kyle Patton two minutes before half time which sent the Robins in at the interval in front.

Benfield started the second half very brightly and there was a huge shout for a penalty after a potential handball but the referee was not interested and waved away the visitors appeals. The positive approach that the lads were showing was rewarded after 65 minutes when an inch perfect cross from Glen-Ravenhill was converted by Dennis Knight to draw the sides level.

Giraud and Brayson came on for the Lions as the lads in yellow sensed a winner but Grainger in the Benfield goal was also making some brilliant saves at the other end to keep Shields out.

After a great run from Knight, a pass to Brayson would have given the Benfield marksman a clear run at goal but agonisingly the ball never reached Brayson who would have surely secured the 3 points, although he still would of course had to beat Purvis in the Shields goal.

After a truly awful day, a point would have probably been what both sides deserved, given the different passages of play where either side was on top, however, there was to be late drama which left the Lions making the short journey home pointless.

North Shields had already forced some last ditch Benfield defending as we entered the closing stages and deep into stoppage time, Kyle Patton found space to fire North Shields into the lead. Unbelievably after a mistake in the Lions back line, Patton then completed his hat trick to seal an extremely flattering 4-2 victory.

Benfield certainly did not deserve to be on the receiving end of such a score line but as mentioned earlier, this was a game of fine margins.

Both sets of players deserve huge credit for putting on a show in such wet conditions and the 318 in attendance certainly got full value for money. Indeed, some in the home ranks suggested this was the best game at the Daren Persson Stadium this season, due to the way both sides went about their business in the testing conditions.

With no game this week, the lads will look to bounce back next Saturday when Thornaby head to Sam Smith’s Park.

Match Report

Kev Larkham

Photos website Steve Boyle