Newcastle Benfield 2 Bedlington Terriers 1

Newcastle Benfield 2 Bedlington Terriers 1
Ebac Northern League Cup – Group D
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Newcastle Benfield consolidated second position in Group D of the league cup with victory over Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday evening.

The Terriers arrived in Walkergate for the second time this season having been our first pre-season opponents back in July. The summer friendly ended in a 1-0 win and tonight was to also end with a narrow victory for the Lions.

Stuart Elliott made changes with one eye on North Shields this weekend, however Benfield started brightly and took the lead in the 9th minute after good work from Jake Turnbull who found Dennis Knight in the area. The in form striker still had work to do but managed to get his effort away and into the corner past Brooks in the visitors goal.

Benfield played some fine football during the first 45 minutes but the Terriers were always a threat going forward with the lively Colquhoun having a golden chance which he pulled wide of Gordon’s goal who was deputising for regular custodian Andrew Grainger.

The Lions doubled their advantage in the 37th minute with a fine side footed finish from Aiden Haley and were in a good position as we headed into the interval.

Bedlington became more of an attacking threat in the second 45 minutes but could have fallen further behind if a Peter Glen-Ravenhill chance had not been ruled out for offside after good work from Kurtis Russell.

There were however a few nervous moments when Mackenzie Sharpe halved the deficit with 17 minutes to go after a goalmouth scramble. Thankfully the lads continued to press after the visitors goal and had several decent opportunities to increase the lead.

Glen-Ravenhill and the impressive Lewis Scorgie both had opportunities but in fairness these were not easy to convert.

With Stuart Elliott throwing himself into the action as a 73rd minute substitute, the team were well placed to take on board the managers requirements and were relatively unscathed in the final exchanges although Bedlington still fancied taking something out of the game with the lead being so slender.

Everyone who pulled on the Benfield shirt tonight can be pleased with their efforts but man of the match went to Lewis Scorgie who was not only captain for the evening but also put in his most commanding performance yet, since his return from injury.

The victory puts the lads in a commanding position to qualify for the knockout stages of the revamped league cup but also sets them up nicely for the tough trip to North Shields on Saturday.

Match report Kev Larkham

Website/Photos Steve Boyle

Mom Lewis scorgie


Newcastle Benfield 4 Northallerton Town 3 Match report

Newcastle Benfield 4 Northallerton Town 3
Saturday 12th October 2019

Newcastle Benfield secured a dramatic victory over Northallerton Town on Saturday but made life difficult for themselves having to come back from 2-0 and 3-2 down.

With Northallerton coming to Tyneside propping up the first division table, Benfield would have fancied their chances of collecting all 3 points beforehand but they were made to work extremely hard for them by a well organised town team and had to do so without the injured Paul Brayson.

Benfield started brightly as good work from Giraud to find Glen-Ravenhill almost created an opening but Northallerton were able to clear their lines.

On 10 minutes, Northallerton were to take the lead as scrappy defending from a corner allowed Charlie Graham to head home past Andrew Grainger.

Lewis Scorgie in his 2nd full game back since his long term injury was looking particularly commanding at the back for Benfield winning some crucial interceptions. It was Scorgie who after a commanding run out from the back set up Glen-Ravenhill but his effort went over the bar and was also Scorgie who forced Northallerton keeper Dawson to tip the ball onto the post after a fine header.

It was looking like only a matter of time before Benfield equalised with Giraud and Kurtis Russell both looking lively. However,  Northallerton were to double their lead in the 29th minute against the run of play as Connor Lowes was able to chip an effort over Grainger from the edge of the area.

Within 6 minutes Benfield were given a route back into the contest. A fine ball forward from Novak released Dennis Knight who was hauled down for an obvious penalty. Knight stepped up to half the arrears with a great finish.

On 43 minutes Benfield were level after a fine pass from Knight released Glen-Ravenhill who calmly stroked home the equaliser.

Having completed the turnaround just before half time, the Lions were unbelievably 3-2 down straight after the interval as a free header allowed Jack Procter to give our visitors something to hold onto again in the 47th minute. Benfield were still very much threatening but were certainly not making things easy for themselves.

However, in the 69th minute, the Novak/Knight combination struck again as a fine cross from the left was headed home from a tight angle by Knight. At 3-3, Benfield now needed to keep defensively disciplined as they sought a winner. Thankfully it was only 3 minutes later when the lads found themselves 4-3 up as that man Knight completed a fine hat trick as he cut in front of his man to fire past Dawson.

In the 76th minute Mark Turnbull became the first Benfield player to be sin binned for 10 minutes but the Benfield back line was looking much more watertight by now and the team coped well enough with a man less.

Northallerton were to have the ball in the net deep into stoppage time but it was clear for all to see that a very early offside flag had been raised. This was to be the last action as moments later the full time whistle went.

Hopefully those present, including members of the Non League Society enjoyed themselves. A 4-3 is certainly a good advertisement for non league day which was celebrated throughout the UK. 

Man of the match was announced as Dennis Knight, which after a fine hat trick was richly deserved.

Final Score
Newcastle Benfield 4 Northallerton Town 3

Match report kev Larkham

Website/photos Steve Boyle

Newcastle Benfield Match report – Ryhope C.W. 0 Newcastle Benfield 3

Sunderland Ryhope C.W. 0 Newcastle Benfield 3

Saturday 5th October 2019
Ryhope Recreation Ground

The Lions roared to a fine victory on Wearside on Saturday afternoon as a second half treble eased the lads to a fine 3-0 victory at Sunderland Ryhope C.W.

The early exchanges were pretty even with both sides having opportunities to break the deadlock, however a combination of goalkeeping saves and off target shots resulted in the scores remaining level.

Dennis Knight in particular was looking lively in attacking areas linking up well with Giraud and Brayson before the latter was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Baltazar.

There was a key moment in the 39th minute when a soft penalty was awarded to our hosts but the impressive Andrew Grainger turned Rae’s spot kick effort around the post to keep proceedings level at the interval.

Benfield started the second half brightly with Knight and Giraud both going close in the early passages of play. Dennis Knight continued to be on the receiving end of some illegal challenges and in the 65th minute, the hosts were finally punished as Knight was brought down in the area. Knight himself stepped up to calmly fire the lads in front.

Just three minutes later the lions doubled their advantage as Knight fired the ball across the Ryhope area which Glen-Ravenhill was unlucky to divert onto the crossbar

before a following up Giraud headed the rebound past a despairing Winter in the Ryhope goal.

In the 73rd minute Glen-Ravenhill put the icing on the cake after being slipped through. The former Whitley Bay man still had work to do as he raced towards goal but bided his time before excellently slipping the ball into the corner of the net.

Benfield saw out the remainder of the contest to preserve a fine clean sheet and return up the A19 with maximum points.

All of the visitors deserve credit for the victory which was set up after a commanding first half from Grainger. Each and every one of the lads were able to reflect on a fine afternoons work, however Mechack Kanda deservedly walked away with the man of the match award after a faultless showing.

The whole squad can look forward to the remainder of October with optimism as a busy month unfolds.

Match Report Kev Larkham

Photos Paul Mcfeeley

Website Steve Boyle

Newcastle Benfield 2 Guisborough Town 2 Ebac Northern League Division One

An absorbing and explosive encounter between Benfield and Guisborough climaxed with the sides exchanging picture book goals in stoppage time to share the points from an absorbing contest at a febrile Sam Smith’s Park. After a prolonged downpour overnight, it was reassuring to see the pitch in perfect condition. The surface seemed suited to the home side’s usual silky short passing game, while any pitch would have seemed acceptable for Guisborough’s strong-arm approach to proceedings, reflected in the 7 cautions they received, as well as striker Danny Early becoming the first player in a Benfield game in 2019/2020 to suffer the obloquy of being sent to the sin bin for dissent. Of course, the visitors can justifiably point to their valuable away point and massively improved league position after several seasons struggling against relegation as the fruits of their tactics, that teeter on the brink of unsporting conduct.

There seemed little indication of the fireworks to come in the opening 20 minutes as the two sides exchanged possession, with few actual chances, until Jake Turnbull advanced and fizzed a low effort that was deflected wide. Straight after this, Benfield suffered a blow, with Ritchy Slaughter limping off in a like for like substitution with Ben Richardson. Once play settled down, the Lions produced a flowing move with Brad Varga and Jake Turnbull setting up Cyril Giraud, whose shot was held by visiting keeper Ryan Catterick. His opposite number Andy Grainger was called into action just before the break, blocking a Josh Rowbotham effort, then falling on the loose ball. 


In the second half, Guisborough redoubled their tough tackling, as the referee struggled to keep on top of the visitors’ antics. Amidst the vitriol, Joe Ferguson seized on indecision in the Benfield rearguard to put the Priorymen ahead just after the hour with an exquisite lob. It seemed from then on, that Guisborough’s sole tactic was to break up play with constant fouls and delaying tactics, but such cynicism was keeping Benfield at arm’s length. Cyril Giraud was singled out for particularly rough treatment, but he showed great fortitude the stand up to everything thrown at him. It’s a good job Andrew Grainger did so twice in the space of 20 seconds after 75 minutes, to keep Benfield in the game. 

Twice keeper Catterick had patted down free kicks from James Novak and then Dennis Knight, after fouls on Giraud. Following another illegal challenge, Novak changed his approach with a ball chipped to the back post. A misdirected defensive header fell perfectly for Matty Parker to hammer the ball home after 83 minutes. In the aftermath, Earl was sinbinned for dissent and Kurtis Russell came on for Jake Turnbull, immediately extending Catterick with a vicious swerving effort that was headed for the top corner. Benfield scented victory and in the 90th minute Paul Brayson’s intelligent through ball was finished in glorious fashion by Dennis Knight.

Amazingly though, Guisborough got off the canvas to claim a point. It is more than 20 years since Brian Close appeared in The Premier League for Middlesbrough, but his imperious header into the postage stamp at the corner of post and bar would not have disgraced his former team mate Fabrizio Ravanelli. A late sickener, but probably a fair result.

Match Report Ian Cusack

Newcastle Benfield 3 Thornaby 1 -Match Report -Northern League Cup

It would be fair to say that the new format of the Northern League Cup, with 40 teams split into 8 groups of 2 to produce 16 qualifiers from these mini leagues, has not proved to be a universally popular idea with many clubs. However, it seems spectators are pleased with the opportunity to see more games, which can be seen by increased attendances. For instance, this highly entertaining contest was seen by approximately 50 more spectators than Benfield’s first home game in the same competition last year and 100 extra compared to the visit of Darlington RA 3 seasons back.

The game began at one hell of a lick, with Thornaby’s Jordan Wilson finding himself free on the left edge of the area in the first minute, only for his effort to bounce back out from the inside of the post and away from danger. Barely 30 seconds later, Paul Brayson worked a shooting opportunity in the Thornaby area, only for the ball to run away from him when he seemed certain to score. Straight from the restart, Thornaby surrendered possession and Peter Glen-Ravenhill thundered an effort into the side netting. Again, Benfield caught a visiting player in possession, allowing Cyril Giraud to thread the ball to Brayson, whose low effort was inches past the post. All of this action in the opening 10 minutes failed to produce the home goal that seemed both deserved and inevitable, resulting in a short period of retrenchment by the visitors, followed by a spell of dominance by them.

Andy Grainger has just turned 37, but he showed the athleticism of a player half his age, by completing a fine series of saves. He leapt to his right to turn a ferocious effort by Wilson round the post. From the ensuing corner, he went high to his left to claw away Lewis Green’s first-time effort. These saves were both essential and perhaps instructive, as Benfield took the lead with a textbook predator’s tap-in by Brayson, who has himself recently celebrated his 42ndbirthday, profiting from a handling error by Thornaby keeper James Dawson, who failed to gather a seemingly straightforward effort from Aiden Haley. On the stroke of half-time, Dawson redeemed himself to an extent, by bravely blocking a Glen-Ravenhill effort following another memorable through ball by Giraud.


Thornaby came out for the second period in determined fashion. A shout for a penalty was waved away, before they drew level when Daniel Chapman hit a swerving effort that Grainger got a hand to but could not keep out. The league format of the competition meant Thornaby were seemingly happy to try and claim a point from their travels, so they withdrew and scarcely had an effort worthy of the name for the rest of the match. This suited Benfield, who restored the lead on 58 minutes. Mark Turnbull, as ever turning in an accomplished and dominant performance in the centre of defence, sprayed a ball out to Jake Turnbull on the right wing. His thunderous, low cross was met at the back post by Matty Parker, who burst the net with a super diving header. It was a goal fit to win any game and emblematic of the high-quality fare served up by the home side in the second period. Another almost followed as a splendid passing move ended with Dawson tipping Aiden Haley’s effort away from the top corner at full stretch.


The biggest cheer of the night was afforded to the returning

Lewis Scorgie, who replaced skipper Turnbull for the last 15 minutes, following a 15-month absence because of a knee injury sustained at Bishop Auckland in May 2018. It was wonderful to have him back, though we’ll draw a discreet veil over the yellow card he received for a somewhat mistimed tackle that could be blamed on rustiness. Meanwhile the top hat was put on proceedings by Dennis Knight, who scored a simply sumptuous goal from a James Novak short free-kick, accepting the ball in his stride, advancing into the area, drawing Dawson into a premature dive, slotting the ball home across the despairing keeper and assuring the 3 points for Benfield on a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tony’s Treatment Room update

Tony Dunn – Sports Therapist

Tony is a RAF serviceman who has recently moved back to his native north east from Gloucestershire. 

With extensive Sports Therapy experience, Tony comes with a great reputation gained in the Southern League.

The former Redditch United and Cirencester Town Sports Therapist replaces Keiren Stimpson who recently joined Cambridge United in a fulltime role.

 Hi, I’m Tony Dunn, the new face in the Treatment Room now that Keiron Stimpson has moved on to a full-time position at Cambridge United. I’m a RAF Serviceman (Logistics Supply trade), based at RAF Leeming near Northallerton. However, I am a native of the North East and joined the RAF straight from school (Monkseaton High) in 1983. I intend moving that last step ‘home’ to Tyneside next year, so when the chance came along to work with Newcastle Benfield FC it was an opportunity I just could not let pass.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 36 years in the RAF and been fortunate enough to live and work in some amazing places. I spent 4 years in Germany from 1986-1990 and apart from a short spell at RAF Leeming 15 years ago, have been based in the south and midlands. I played a bit of football myself; one season for Whitley Bay FC (82/83) and for Stamford Town, Blackstones FC and Deeping Rangers in the United Counties League through the 1990s.

For the last 15 years I lived in Gloucestershire and qualified through the FA as a Sports Therapist. In this capacity I worked with Redditch United and Cirencester Town FC in the Southern League and Longlevens AFC in the Hellenic League. I am also head of medical for the UK Armed Forces Football Women’s and RAF Men’s Senior Representative Teams. I’m an Affiliated Medical Tutor for the FA. Last year I spent 6 months in the Falkland Islands and have often been deployed to the middle-east and Afghanistan. That ‘should’ all be behind me now as I’m coming to the end of my RAF career and into my resettlement period.

The Treatment Room has been a busy place through pre-season and the first couple of months of the season. Lewis Scorgie and Reece Noble were unable to take part in full pre-season due to ankle injuries. Scorgie, following a ligament re-construction operation, is working on his rehab programme and should be back, available for selection soon. Reece Noble has unfortunately suffered a couple of set-backs and is back in a support boot after being diagnosed with a grade 3 lateral ligament sprain. In a pre-season friendly fixture, Dean Holmes and

Jake Thompson both suffered knee injuries; Dean injured his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and Jake suffered a slight fracture to his Patella (Knee Cap). Both injuries will take time to heel before either player can begin any rehabilitation.

The busy early season schedule has meant virtually ever player has required treatment for minor knocks at some point.

James Novak suffered a groin strain, away at Penrith, and was out for 3 weeks.

Brad Varga recently suffered a hamstring strain and is nearing full fitness again.

I am extremely grateful for for the help with pre-match massages from Derek Gair. Like everyone at Newcastle Benfield FC, Derek has given me a very warm welcome to the Club and he has plenty of stories to keep me entertained

Only One Jimmy Rowe

Thank you to all those who attended the funeral of Newcastle Benfield’s Chairman Jimmy Rowe.

There was an estimated 700 people turned up to show their appreciation for a true gent.

NBFC and Jimmys family appreciated the kind tributes and messages.

A lovely service 👏⚽️

Jimmy Rowe Stand

The Newcastle Benfield North stand will now be known as

The Jimmy Rowe Stand

in honour of our late Chairman and co founder of Newcastle Benfield.

 I trust you’ve all noticed that our north stand is now known as The Jimmy Rowe Stand, in honour of our late Chairman and the co founder of Newcastle Benfield. Over the last few weeks, many people associated with the club have reminisced about events in the history of the club. The structure that you can see above has played a part in some very warm memories of days gone by.

At the end of the 2007/2008 season,  Colchester United vacated their old Layer Road ground, perhaps most famous for their astonishing 3-2 over Leeds United in the 1970 FA Cup,  and moved to their shiny new Colchester Community Stadium. They made it known that any ambitious grassroots clubs who wanted to improve their grounds were welcome to help themselves to the fixtures and fittings of the old ground, which was scheduled to be torn down for executive housing. Of course The U’s play in blue and white and thus provided the ideal colour scheme for our proposed new stand. Our heroic groundsman Stan Thompson headed for the northern tip of Essex, stripped the required number of seats out the old ground and sat on them in the back of an open wagon, lest they fall out, all the way back to Newcastle. And that’s where the fun really began.

The stand was built during the close season by the willing and enthusiastic committee with the help of friends, rather in the manner that the Romans engaged the help of the Ancient Britons to build a mile a couple of miles south of Sam Smith’s Park. A Martins Windows van was commandeered to transport the bricks around the edge of the pitch, with dear Danny Gates acting as navigator to make sure it kept off the pitch. Similar to Hadrian’s feat of engineering, no scaffolding was used all the construction was done with ropes and one ladder, similar to the 2,000 year old structure at the bottom of the Fossway. 

The 5 or 6 happy labourers had no choice but to carry the 6 meter bison beams, weighing a ton. We formed a human chain, like a gang of convicts in the Deep South during the Depression, to pass the breeze blocks over and into place , working  every night for 5 weeks in the dark. Fairly obviously, sometimes health and safety regulations were  put on the back burner. Suffice to say, Emperor Jimmy was the leader and the rest of us the slaves, but it was worth it to get things done in time for the start of the season.

Danny Gates Jimmy Rowe

The funeral of Jimmy Rowe takes place on Monday 16th September 2019 at 215pm at the West Road Crematorium. Followed by refreshments at Newcastle Benfield ground.

Rest in peace Jimmy.

Gone but will never be forgotten.