Newcastle Benfield v Sunderland RCA

Newcastle Benfield v Sunderland RCA
Ebac Northern League Division One 
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Sunderland RCA make the trip to Sam Smith’s Park tomorrow (Saturday) as Newcastle Benfield have an immediate opportunity to forget about the unfortunate midweek defeat to Stockton Town.

With the Buildbase FA Vase trip to Vauxhall Motors now only a week away, Stu Elliott and his coaching staff will be looking for a positive result to set up the trip to Cheshire next weekend.

Matches between ourselves and our Wearside rivals are normally close affairs, as evidenced by RCA’s narrow victory in the reverse fixture back in August.

Martin Swailes always has his teams well organised and has done a fine job whilst in the RCA hot seat. Based on previous seasons however, there will be slight disappointment at this seasons current league position of 12th but there is a long way to go. 

RCA have had a mixed bag of results on the road this season with 3 victories, 1 draw and 3 defeats from their 7 games played. The victories have all been by 2-1 margins and have come at Guisborough Town, Northallerton Town and Thornaby. The Thornaby result was RCA’s last league victory on the road and this was at the start of September. The sole draw was at Seaham Red Star (2-2) with the defeats coming at Consett (3-1), Hebburn Town (3-0) and Bishop Auckland (2-1).

With Newcastle not playing until Monday, it would be good to have a decent crowd for this Tyne and Wear derby.

Don’t forget to pick up your programme (£1) and golden goal tickets (£1). 

Next in the diary is our Christmas under the Stalls event on Sunday (11am – 4pm) – it would be great if you could pop along to support this excellent community driven event here at Sam Smiths Park.

Last Time Out
Sunderland RCA
9th November – Ebac Northern League
Bishop Auckland 2 Sunderland RCA 1 (Callen)

Newcastle Benfield 
20th November- Ebac Northern League 
Newcastle Benfield 0 Stockton Town 2

Last Season 
15th September 2018
Newcastle Benfield 1 (Josh Scott) Sunderland RCA 3 (Ramshaw, Davis, Moan)

Newcastle Benfield v Stockton Town

Newcastle Benfield 0

Stockton Town 2

Attendance 124

Newcastle Benfield were finally back in action on Wednesday evening after the recent wet weather, as Stockton Town made the journey up the A19. 

Huge credit must go to those who look after the Sam Smith’s playing surface which looked in great shape beforehand.

It was the Lions who started on the front foot with Giraud and Brayson both having half chances in the early exchanges. Peter Glen-Ravenhill also had a couple of decent opportunities as the half wore on. Although Stockton were fully contributing to an excellent contest, it was very much the Lions who were looking more threatening, as things were not quite going right for our visitors in the final third.

In the second half it was again Benfield who were shading proceedings in terms of the better chances and indeed Roberts in the visiting goal made a stunning save to turn away a brilliant Cyril Giraud effort after 56 minutes.

As Stockton became more desperate they threw on Hayes, Woodhouse and Steel but although our visitors were certainly looking more threatening by this point, Benfield were certainly dealing with any threats quite comfortably.

Unfortunately though after 81 minutes, Stockton took the lead after a Hayes corner took a deflection off a Benfield man to leave Metcalfe stranded in the Lions net.

As Benfield pushed for a leveller, Nathan Steel wrapped up the points in stoppage time. The first goal was extremely fortunate as was the manner of the defeat for the Lions but fair play to Steel who took his chance excellently.

There were plenty of positives for Benfield including the returning Joe Robson slotting back into proceedings very comfortably. The whole team played well but the Lions were just missing that little bit of luck in the attacking passages of play.

Sunderland RCA come to Walkergate on Saturday as the lads look to quickly move on from this harsh defeat.

Newcastle Benfield v Stockton Town

Newcastle Benfield v Stockton Town
Ebac Northern League Division One
Wednesday 20th November 2019 

Newcastle Benfield will hope that the recent poor weather improves ahead of Stockton Town’s visit to Walkergate this coming Wednesday (7-30).

The lads have now lost the last 3 games to the elements with Saturdays late postponement at Shildon being particularly difficult to take, given the players, club officials and supporters had arrived when the inevitable and correct postponement decision was made by the match referee at the 11th hour.

If conditions improve and the game goes ahead on Wednesday, a stern test awaits the Lions as 4th placed Town are having another fine season scoring regularly and only conceding 8 goals in their 13 league matches to date.

Having played 6 away league games, our visitors have impressively won 4, drew 1 and only lost 1 (their sole defeat in the league so far). The 4 victories have come at Billingham Town (6-0), Bishop Auckland (2-1), Thornaby (4-0) and Guisborough Town (2-1) with the draw recently coming at Whitley Bay (1-1) and the defeat at Ryhope CW (1-0). It shows the strength of the first division as our visitors would have been warm favourites for the trips to the Coast and Wearside but could only collect 1 point from these 2 games.

With a Buildbase FA Vase game to come and a number of games in hand compared to team around them, this could be another memorable season for this progressive club from down the A19.

Apart from long term absentees, Stu Elliott and his team will hope that they have a full compliment to pick from with any minor issues now cleared up after our enforced recent break.

Let’s hope the predicted dry spell before Wednesday helps get the fixture played, however, as per usual, keep a check on social media for any pitch inspection news.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our matchday programme (£1) and look out for golden goal tickets (£1) which will also be on sale near to the entry gate.

Last Season
1st September 2018
Newcastle Benfield 0 Stockton Town 2 (Adam Nicholson x2)

Last Time Out
Stockton Town
13th November 2019
West Auckland (H) NL1 – won 3-0 (Michael Roberts, Nathan Mulligan, Peter Bulmer)

Newcastle Benfield 
2nd November 2019
Guisborough Town (H) Vase – won 4-0 (Daniel O’Reilly, Dennis Knight x2, Paul Brayson)

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 ⚽️👏