Newcastle Benfield Sportsman’s Dinner

Fantastic Evening at the Newcastle Benfield Sportsman’s Dinner with Former Manchester United and Leeds United footballer Lee Sharpe and ex professional footballer now comedian John Stiles.

Newcastle Benfield would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the event.


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

Next game 👇


Newcastle Benfield Match report v Stockton Town -Ebac Northern League Division 1

On a baking hot Saturday afternoon in Flaming June, I’ll somnolently set aside a crisp, continental beer and tear my attention away from the mellifluous sounds on leather on willow as my beloved Tynemouth build another impregnable total in the North East Premier League and sigh, because I miss football so much. Then I’ll remember this game.

Back in August Benfield visited Stockton Town in an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay and tore them to ribbons, winning 3-0 with a slick display of fast, incisive football that augured so well for the season. However, like most of the early promise of this campaign, it was illusory and a fortnight later the Anchors had their revenge with an untroubled 2-0 win at Sam Smith’s in a league game. After Saturday’s bizarre loss to Whickham, the outcome of this one seemed unpredictable. In the end, it was a depressing re-enactment of last season’s equally sobering thumping, as another 4-0 defeat was all we had to show for a trip down and back up the A19. Fair play to Stockton, they were hungrier and more incisive from the off. In fact, it took 31 minutes for Benfield to muster their first serious effort on goal, when Rhys Evans sent a thunderous 25 yard strike a shade over the bar. This was an encouraging sight, not least because we were already 2-0 down by that point.

The opening goal came after 5 minutes and was the first serious goal attempt of the game. A near interchange of passes between Roberts and Hayes left the former in on goal and he calmly placed the ball under the advancing Dan Nimmons, who was enjoying a rare start in goal to gain some game time before the League Cup semi final against Whitley Bay, when Andrew Grainger will be unavailable. Neither the floodgates opened nor a plucky rearguard kicked into action, as the game passed in low-intensity, aimless passing forwards and backwards, with no real attempt at penetration from either side, until Roberts doubled his and Stockton’s tally with a glorious header from a Craggs cross that was disturbingly similar to Andrew Bulford’s second goal for Whickham on Saturday previous. Benfield did then enjoy more possession but offered no real threat other than the Evans effort.

The second half started with a flurry of home attacks, but little came of it and the game settled into a half-paced, exhibition of short passing that was pleasing on the eye, until the whole edifice came tumbling down with an overhit pass, a misdirected cross or a shanked shot. Rhys Evans again came very close to getting on the score sheet, rifling an exact replica of his first half effort again just too high. Then the referee made the unjust and ridiculously harsh decision to send Reece Noble off for an innocuous trip in the centre circle on 70 minutes; a yellow card certainly, but never a red and enough to persuade the away side to hoist the white flag. Almost immediately, Fred Woodhouse’s misdirected shot cannoned off a wrongfooted James Novak and put the Anchors 3-0 ahead, before Hayes completed the scoring with a venomous low drive from the edge of the area that gave poor Nimmins not an earthly. Thankfully, the whistle soon blew, and the evening could be immediately forgotten about.

Man of the Match


Match Report Ian Cusack

Website Steve Boyle

Match Highlights Luke Vinton

Top Action photo Harry Cook


Match Report Newcastle Benfield v Whickham Ebac Northern League Division 1

On a day when almost the entire Northern League programme fell victim to the torrential overnight rain, Stan Thompson produced the trademark superb playing surface that Sam Smith’s Park is renowned for. There was never any question of this game being postponed. However, after a comprehensive defeat inflicted by the predatory finishing of Andrew Bulford, the superb distance shooting from Dale Burrell and the impressive passing of Matty Pattison, you’d be forgiven for hearing the odd mutter from Benfield fans who wished the heavens had opened even more profoundly. It just shows the quality of the Northern League first division.

Benfield were forced into one change from the side that won so convincingly away to Penrith the week before, with Dennis Knight starting in place of the unwell Jake Orrell, who was declared hors de combat late morning. Knight played a central role early on, being twice denied by impressive Whickham keeper Tsapalos. At the other end, Andrew Grainger went full length to turn away a stinging Burrell effort, with Bulford flashing the loose ball a shade wide. After 8 minutes Knight flicked home but was denied by the assistant’s flag. On 10 minutes, Dale Pearson swivelled to hit a Brayson cross against the upright. With 12 minutes gone, Knight volleyed a Rhys Evans pass just wide. After this explosive opening, things settled down to an even contest, until Bulford’s ludicrous miskick from a Burrell cross put Whickham ahead. He missed the ball entirely when trying to shoot, only for his standing leg to deflect the ball home. The same pair combined on 42 minutes, but this time Bulford’s finish was a beautiful header. It was a great goal.

Within 5 minutes of the restart, Benfield ought to have been level. First Knight and then Pearson fired left-footed efforts against the base of the far post and wide. For 10 minutes, Benfield absolutely battered Whickham, but simply couldn’t find a way through the opposition defence, but it was all to no avail as Burrell fired an unstoppable effort from 30 yards right into the top corner. It was an incredible finish, but Benfield kept going though absolutely nothing went for us, as we suffered one of those Performance of the Week batterings that happens from time to time. Grainger denied Bulford a hat trick on 65 minutes with an acrobatic one-handed save, but it only delayed the inevitable as the experienced striker cut inside and fired home on 80 minutes to make it 4-0.

Tsapalos again distinguished himself with a breathtaking save from Pearson, though James Martin was on hand to bundle the ball home. The final act of the game again had Tsapalos at the centre of things, pulling off a stunning one handed save to tip Brayson’s venomous effort round the post. Just one of those days unfortunately, but fair play to Whickham for pulling a rabbit out of the hat with this one.


Match Report

Ian Cusack

Photos/website Steve Boyle


Newcastle Benfield 1 Whickham 4 Northern League Division 1

Newcastle Benfield suffered a disappointing defeat today against Whickham Fc who gained a well deserved 3 points in their battle against relegation.

The Lions enjoyed a lot of possession however the final ball was often wasted without achieving a positive result. Defensive errors by Benfield and counter attacking football by the Glebemen allowed the visitors to cruise to their Third away win of the season.

Andrew Bulford scored a Hatrick and a goal for Max Cowburn made it 4-0 before James Martin scored a consolation goal after following up a Dale Pearson free kick.

Final score

Newcastle Benfield 1

Whickham 4

Attendance 120

Newcastle Benfield Manager Stuart Elliott gives his view on his first set of games in charge of the Lions

Since joining the club I have been delighted at the way the players have responded to me. Their attitudes, effort to work and quality have been outstanding, and this has shown in training and their match performances.

Generally when you arrive at a club as manager, the club is near the bottom of the league, can’t score or stop goals and has no confidence. This has been the total opposite and credit must go to previous managers for bringing such quality to the club.

Getting to know the players personally, their abilities and characters is very important to me. This is something I have tried to do quickly and has been helped hugely by Brassy and his knowledge, also the players themselves. This is key to planning for next season and something that can be a massive benefit to the club.

So far the performances have been very consistent and entertaining to watch. Even in our one defeat we played some terrific football and I feel dominated for big chunks of the game.

I’d like to thank the players and staff for all their hard work and support so far, and long may it continue.