The Lions roar through to the Quarter Final of the Cup defeating Celtic.

West Allotment Celtic 1

Newcastle Benfield 3

Attendance 100

West Allotment Celtic 1-3 Newcastle Benfield
Match Highlights

Newcastle Benfield advanced into the quarter-finals of the Brooks Mileson Northern league Cup following a comfortable 3-1 away win at West Allotment Celtic.

Benfield took a two-goal lead inside the first 20 minutes, with Dale Pearson opening the scoring before Scott McCarthy fired home to double the Lions’ advantage.
Despite the lack of clear-cut chances for Allotment, the Division Two halved the deficit through Gilberto Chapim’s second half strike before Paul Brayson sealed Benfield the win two minutes from time with a clinical penalty.
Going into the cup tie, Benfield were hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches under Tom Wade, who has yet to lose a game as manager, as well as achieving their eight consecutive victory in all competitions.

The Lions got off to a strong start, with Mackenzie Heaney’s long-range effort rattling the crossbar from 25 yards out in the early stages of the game.

Benfield were not to be denied though and, after 13 minutes, Pearson gave Benfield the lead. After gliding past an Allotment player Pearson fired an effort from the edge of the box, which flew beyond goalkeeper Finlay Hodgson into the bottom right corner.
Six minutes later, Benfield’s McCarthy got his name on the scoresheet. After winning the ball back from their opponents, Heaney played a ball towards Brayson, before the veteran striker sent a delightful pass into the path of McCarthy, who only needed one touch before drilling the ball into the net.
The difference in divisions took its toll as West Allotment, who continued to battle hard and attempted to make it difficult for their Division One opponents, struggled to force Dan Nimmins into making a serious save.
However, in the second half, Allotment were rewarded for their efforts as midfielder Gilberto Chapim pulled a goal back, riding his luck by avoiding a tackle from a group of Benfield defenders before poking the ball into the bottom left corner to give Allotment hope.
Benfield cancelled out the home side’s chances of forcing the game into a penalty shoot-out as the Lions were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes. As Brayson’s strike was blocked, the ball landed into the feet of Jake Orrell and, although his attempt sailed over the bar, the 21-year-old was bundled over by Tony Lucas in the process.
The penalty was dispatched expertly by Brayson, slamming his spot kick into the roof of the net to grab his 14th goal of the campaign and complete a professional win for Newcastle Benfield to keep their chances of lifting silverware this season alive.
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Newcastle Benfield 2 West Auckland 0 Match Report

Newcastle Benfield extended their unbeaten run to 11 and their winning sequence to 7 games with a routine 2-0 win over a strangely subdued and ineffectual West Auckland Town who, for all their big names and even bigger reputations, found themselves unable to get out of first gear all game. Boss Tom Wade made a couple of changes to the team; with Dean Holmes unavailable, Scott McCarthy was restored to the first XI, while Reece Noble came in for his debut at the expense of Dennis Knight, who’d left the field the week previous towards the end of the tumultuous 5-4 win over Runcorn Town in the FA Vase with a case of concussion.  A soaking week had been counteracted by a howling gale on Saturday morning, which died off in time for kick off, leaving the pitch looking immaculate as usual.

In the second minute, Paul Brayson had an effort blocked, with the loose ball travelling to Ritchie Slaughter in a similar position from where he scored the outrageous winner seven days earlier. There was to be no repeat sadly, as the midfielder launched his shot high and wide. Soon though, Benfield took the lead. Good play by Scott McCarthy on the right led to him backheeling the ball into the path of Rhys Evans, whose pinpoint cross was deftly finished at the near post by Jake Orrell.  Instead of the visitors responding, Benfield almost made it 2-0 on 18 minutes when James Martin scampered down the left, put in a great cross and Paul Brayson hit his attempt at a defender.  West Auckland produced their first effort on goal after 26 minutes; Arjan Purewal made ground on the right and his centre was half cleared to Mitchell, who stung the palms of Andy Grainger; the Benfield keeper claimed the ball after parrying the initial effort. Dale Pearson almost scored an outrageous bicycle kick, but his stylish effort from a Ritchie Slaughter header into the box landed on the roof of the net. Finally, in first half stoppage time, another audacious McCarthy backheel set Brayson free, but his left foot shot was straight at keeper Shane Bland.

The initial stages of the second period hinted at a West Auckland revival, but their possession and determined tackling produced little tangible reward. Indeed, on 54 minutes, it was inches from being 2-0, after Mark Turnbull’s bullet header from a Brayson corner was kicked off the line. Moments later, Orrell set up Pearson for a flashing drive that Bland pushed away at full stretch. Sadly, Bland’s next contribution was less praiseworthy. He mishit a goal kick straight to Brayson about 30 yards from goal. The veteran marksman gathered the ball, drew Bland out of position and comfortably stroked the ball home, to double the home side’s advantage. It was almost 3-0 when Brayson’s venomous effort from a tight angle was fisted clear by Bland. West Auckland almost claimed a late consolation, but Andy Grainger displayed lightning reactions to block substitute Wearmouth’s point blank header and thus preserve a clean sheet.

Ritchie Slaughters Runcorn with last minute winner in the Game of the season

Over the years, Sam Smith’s Park has witnessed some great football and some stirring games, but surely none have ever matched the spellbinding brilliance of this tumultuous contest. From the first kick to the very last, the game swung between the two sides as drama was heaped on drama in as enthralling manner as could ever be imagined. Runcorn Town will be bitterly upset to have lost in such scarcely believable circumstances, but they will surely privately admit that the best team won on the day. However, the visitors from Cheshire played a full and commendable part in a titanic struggle, settled by a glorious curling effort into the top corner from outside the area by Richie Slaughter. In truth, it was the only fitting way to conclude such a memorable game.

On a filthy day at the end of a waterlogged week, groundsman Stan Thompson deserves the utmost praise for producing a perfect playing surface that stood up to 90 minutes of bombardment by two sets of gallant players. Every single blade of grass on that pitch was covered by the tireless running of 41-year-old Paul Brayson, who ran his blood to water for the entire game. Brayson’s first run came in the second minute, when he accepted an astute ball from Dennis Knight and curled an effort just wide. Unfortunately, the first goal of the game went to the visitors; a momentary lapse by Rhys Evans allowed Dale Jennings to clip a delightful lob over the head of stranded Benfield keeper Andy Grainger in the 6 minute. The Lions weren’t behind for long, as Dennis Knight collected a loose ball on the right side of the area, evaded a couple of challenges and shot home with unstoppable power and admirable precision. Soon after James Martin was denied his first goal for the club, when a desperate block ended his run into the box, leaving the ball to run for Jake Orrell whose shot was on target, but deflected wide.


Brayson really ought to have put Benfield ahead on 28 minutes, but he poked a close-range effort at the back post into the side netting when it looked easier to score, following Knight’s decisive low cross. Indeed, this miss came to haunt the home side when Joseph Heath’s innocuous long-range trundler left a clearly unsighted Andy Grainger unable to keep it out after the ball came through a crowd of players. This goal rocked Benfield right back on their heels and Runcorn, having scored with their only two efforts on goal, began to exercise a measure of control. Grainger kept the Lions in the contest with a point blank save from Liam Turner on 43 minutes and the crucial nature of this save was reinforced when, with the last kick of the half, Dale Pearson turned in a loose ball in the box after Jake Orrell’s free kick had not been properly cleared.

It is a widely held football belief that a goal at the end of the first half is a precious thing, as it allows the opposition to brood on it during the break. Pearson’s equaliser also had the effect of empowering the hosts who relentlessly pushed Runcorn back for long periods in the second half. Brayson fired just over after collecting a pass from Pearson, before putting Benfield ahead on 52 minutes with a precise finish after Slaughter and Pearson had combined delightfully down the left. This was a tough game and it needed a determined attitude, which the Lions had in spades. Pearson’s contest marauding down the flank gave Orrell a chance after keeper Adam Reid had palmed out a cross, but defenders got in the way. Reid was in the right place to instinctively clutch a Knight header to his chest. Soon after Knight left the field, suffering dizziness after a clash of heads. His replacement Alex Nisbet headed an Orrell cross just wide as Benfield turned the screw. The home side were denied a clear penalty when Brayson’s goal bound shot was turned around the post by a deliberate use of the arm by a visiting defender. The referee claimed to have been unsighted. This did not seem to matter when Brayson’s intelligent pass set the rampaging Dale Pearson away, who then danced round Reid before slotting into an empty net to give Benfield a seemingly unassailable two goal lead on 81 minutes.

Runcorn, to their credit, would not lie down. A bout of pinball in the area on 83 minutes saw Craig Lindfield poke the ball home. Suddenly, there was renewed belief among the travelling contingent and sure enough, their faith was rewarded barely 60 seconds later when a desperate skirmish in the six-yard box ended with the ball in the net. The goal was eventually credited to Danny Byrnes and, just as the crowd had mentally prepared themselves for an extra 30 minutes, Ritchie Slaughter intervened, sending the home crowd into delirium. What a game!

 Over the years, Sam Smith’s Park has witnessed some great football and some stirring games, but surely none have ever matched the spellbinding brilliance of this tumultuous contest. From the first kick to the very last, the game swung between the two sides as drama was heaped on drama in as enthralling manner as could ever be imagined. Runcorn Town will be bitterly upset to have lost in such scarcely believable circumstances, but they will surely privately admit that the best team won on the day. However, the visitors from Cheshire played a full and commendable part in a titanic struggle, settled by a glorious curling effort into the top corner from outside the area by Richie Slaughter. In truth, it was the only fitting way to conclude such a memorable game.

Match Report Ian Cusack

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Newcastle Benfield v Seaham Redstar Match Report

Newcastle Benfield recovered from the early blow of a spectacular own goal by skipper Mark Turnbull to complete a stylish, comprehensive win over a Seaham Red Star side who fell to pieces in the second period and ought to have left Sam Smith’s Park on the end of a far more comprehensive defeat than the eventual 3-1 result. 

Benfield fans have had the dubious pleasure of seeing some truly extraordinary own goals, such as Kenny Boyle’s 40-yard volley into his own net or Steven Tobin’s magnificent diving header past the despairing leap of Andy Grainger; Sparky’s effort wasn’t quite in that class, though he slid in and fired the bar right into the top corner of the net, giving Grainger absolutely no chance. The distinctly anti-Corinthian guffawing and braying, courtesy of a small section of Seaham’s somewhat ungracious support, was soon snuffed out by the award of a penalty for a clear push in the box on Paul Brayson. Dennis Knight stepped forward to confidently put The Lions back on level terms with a decisive finish from the 12-yard mark. However, there was soon danger for Benfield as Gardiner’s effort was deflected up and over a stranded Grainger, only for a covering Turnbull to make partial amends for his earlier blooper. In due course, Turnbull’s total redemption was achieved just before the half hour, when the skipper rose at the back post to arc a delightful header over John Mordey from Jake Orrell’s magnificent cross, giving the home side a lead, they never looked likely to relinquish. Indeed, Benfield could have gone in at the break with the game sewn up, if Knight’s beautifully weighted through ball had not been slid a yard the wrong side of the post by the normally deadly Brayson.

After the interval, the game continued on its course; a flowing, open contest, when defences were never truly at home against quality attackers. Though, as the clock ticked on, Seaham’s experienced front pairing of Michael Chilton and Adam Rundle became less and less involved. The real turning point that sealed the visitors’ fate was the dismissal of Darryl Donnelly for a crude body check on Dennis Knight in the area. Knight had just executed a delightful trap and turn in a single move when he was unceremoniously dumped to the floor. The penalty and red card were inevitable; the goal from Knight soon followed. From that point, the depleted visitors sought only damage limitation as Benfield endlessly carved them open. Brayson hit the side netting from a tight angle, before setting up sub Mackenzie Heaney (who produced another delightful cameo from the bench) with an audacious back heel. 

Again and again the home side drove forward; a wickedly sliced clearance by a disorientated Seaham defender almost resulted in an own goal, before substitute Scott McCarthy accepted a quick Grainger throw and ran the whole length of the pitch, before Mordey denied him with his knees. Despite the endless waves of attacking invention, the Seaham goal avoided further mishap as Benfield elegantly secured their fifth successive win and ninth game unbeaten in all competitions. 

Match report Ian Cusack

Action photos CJC photos

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The long Road to Recovery….

Newcastle Benfield defender Lewis Scorgie gives an insight into his injury and an update.

Lewis sustained his injury when he Jumped up for a header and landed badly in last seasons league cup semi final against Bishop Auckland. He damaged his lateral ligament in his right ankle which requires surgery to reconstruct it.

Depending on the operation date Lewis does not know if he will play this season. If an operation was to take place soon Lewis is hoping to be fit in time for the end of season and to use that as an early pre season to kick start next season.

The injury he sustained Playing in non league has definitely affected his job as he was off for 3 weeks and when he eventually has his operation He is looking at 10 weeks off work with only sick pay.

Newcastle Benfield Dylan Mcevoy gives an insight into his injury and and update.

Dylan sustained his injury due to the way he landed in a fixture on the 1st September against Stockton Town approximately 13 weeks ago following a high tackle just below his left knee.

He did not recall what happened to his foot as it was a blur due to the pain.

Dylan’s doctor informed him on the day it was 3 torn ligaments in the ankle, however he now understands that his injury is a rupture to one of those ligaments. He has a scheduled ultrasound scan on the 6th December at the Nuffield where he will receive a further update.

Dylan stated the injury has affected him outside of football as he has been laid up for 13 weeks not being able to do his normal routine.

To date Dylan is unable to predict when he will be back playing until He attends the hospital and a decision is made wether he requires an operation.

Newcastle Benfield are hoping for a speedy recovery for both of these young talented prospects .

When certain factions are asking for premier league clubs to donate a substantial amount as a farewell payment to a certain individual , spare a thought for those players throughout the country who are injured and unfortunately don’t have that security.

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