Newcastle Benfield Match report v Penrith in the Ebac Northern League Division 1

Surveying the panoramic vista of the Eden Fella that lie across the River Eamont from Penrith’s scenic Frenchfield ground as the teams lined up in glorious sunshine, I mused that I’d not seen us win in Cumbria since that momentous evening in May 2009 when Andrew Young’s 86th minute winner brought the curtain down on the Bonny Blues’ former home at Southend Road and the Northern League title to Sam Smith’s Park. While my mind strayed back a decade, Penrith were more concerned with present day events and, straight from kick off, Martyn Coleman does what he always has against us; scored despite Andy Grainger’s best efforts. All hope of a clean sheet gone within 7 seconds. At that point, following the near 2 hour journey, made only after a precautionary pitch inspection, as one of only 4 Benfield fans there to support the lads, I questioned my sanity. However, after 4 seasons in one game, whereby we moved from brilliant sunshine, to ominous gloom, to bucketing rain and machine-gun hailstones and back to blinding sun within the course of 90 minutes, The Lions had produced a quadruple salvo that saw the final score replicate the result at Sam Smith’s back in November, resulting in a happy band of returning Lions wending our way up the M6 and across the A69.

Almost immediately after conceding, Benfield won a corner and Jake Orrell’s delivery was almost forced home by skipper Mark Turnbull, whose audacious bicycle kick drifted wide. After 12 minutes, Paul Brayson’s low cross from the right was exquisitely dummied by Man of the Match Dean Holmes, allowing Dale Pearson a good opportunity that he fired over the top. Holmes himself almost got The Lions level, when he worked some room in the box and stung keeper Johnny Jamieson’s palms with a good attempt. As the pitch that had looked immaculate at kick off become heavier and rutted with play, Benfield got themselves back on terms. Rhys Evans played a superb diagonal ball that was missed by Penrith centre back Kyle May, allowing Brayson to collect the loose ball and finish confidently from a tight angle. Brayson then almost turned provider, setting up Pearson, whose low effort was parried away by Jamieson. The visitors went ahead when a delightful move involving Brayson and Pearson set Holmes free and he beat Jamieson with a composed and classy finish. The half ended in torrential rain, with Matty Clarke firing well over when handily placed in the box for the home side.

Penrith were determined to get something from the game and on 52 minutes, Connor Shields hammered a loose ball against the post from the edge of the box. In a howling gale, accompanied by attendant sleet flurries, both sides battled the elements as well as each other, until a decisive shift in the balance of power was signalled by the unlucky Tyler Bowman sliding a dangerous James Novak cross into his own net at the midpoint of the second period. The sun came out and on came Scott McCarthy and the returning Dennis Knight. Dennis immediately sent Shock away, only for the speedy striker to collide with the diving Jamieson, who sustained an ankle injury and had to be substituted. This allowed home legend Willy Paul to enter the fray, on the day an extension to the Penrith clubhouse was opened in his name. There was to be no fairytale ending on the pitch for him. Indeed Andy Grainger denied master marksman Coleman twice, the second time with a brilliant one handed tip over, before Dennis Knight announced his return with a thumping left foot volley that made the final score harsh on the game, gallant and always welcoming Cumbrian hosts.

Man of the Match: 

Dean Holmes

Match Report Ian Cusack

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Newcastle Benfield Match Report

The week began with glorious, unseasonal sunshine and unprecedented high temperatures for February, before turning back to gloomy, damp conditions more typical for the time of year, with the promise of Storm Freya’s arrival sometime on Sunday. Saturday itself was a combination of all the week’s weather in one day; a gloriously sunny opening that promised much, before a squally and unpleasant mid-section dampened proceedings before a late flurry of positivity ended things on an upbeat note. Somewhat fittingly, Newcastle Benfield versus Guisborough Town acceded to the same structure as the climactic frame of the day. 

Benfield, on the back of successive away wins against Ashington and North Shields, began in the same positive manner that has harvested such good results of late. In the second minute, Jake Orrell’s snapshot reared up and hit bemused visiting keeper Jordan Nixon flush in the face. However, the opposition captain showed incredible reactions to recover immediately and miraculously turn Dale Pearson’s point-blank attempt round the post. Nixon denied the same player from the resulting corner, tipping a speculative effort over the top. From the next corner Pearson fed Orrell, whose effort beat Nixon but was hacked desperately off the line. A minute later, Paul Brayson’s low effort was deflected into the side netting. Nixon matched his earlier heroics on 20 minutes, when he raced from his line to stand tall and block an effort from the advancing Brayson. 

For the first 30 minutes, Benfield were absolutely torturing Guisborough, but the Priorymen held on grimly and even had their own first effort on goal, as Mason McNeill’s shot from distance whistled a foot too high while the sky began to bruise, and broiling clouds darkened the day. Play similarly deteriorated, as a fussy referee intervened with unnecessary regularity to insist on free kicks instead of advantage as a matter of choice. Just when Guisborough must have felt it had been a job well done, Benfield took the lead from the scruffiest goal of the season. Dean Holmes collected a long pass with eye-catching fluency then fired in an effort on goal. Nixon’s block ricocheted insanely before apologetically bobbling home off the unfortunate Matthew Lovatt in the last minute of the half.

After a half time made memorable by the presence of Brie and absence of soup from the buffet, the game continued in the scruffy fashion of the latter part of the opening half. Even so it was a tremendous shock when Danny Earl’s precise finish from a free kick floated into the box and nodded down by the towering Lovatt brought the visitors level. As the clouds passed over, a fascinating contest emerged between the muscular, committed visitors and the close passing game of The Lions. Both sides looked dangerous in different ways, though the majority of chances went the way of Benfield. Pearson fed Brayson who screwed an effort just wide, while Andy Grainger raced heroically from his line to head away a long kick from Nixon, before instinctively blocking an Earl effort on the break.

This was to prove crucial as soon after a great ball out of defence by Mark Turnbull set Dale Pearson free down the left. His cross for Paul Brayson was pinpoint accurate as the veteran frontman showed exquisite footwork to throw the entire Guisborough defence a dummy before stroking the ball home to claim another home win for The Lions.

 

Newcastle Benfield Match Report v Ashington -Stuart Elliott gains win on first game in charge.

The Stuart Elliott era at Newcastle Benfield got off to a winning start, whereby The Lions completed their first league success of 2019 in a dreadfully disappointing game at Woodhorn Lane that was ruined as a spectacle by the rank ill-discipline of the hosts.

Last season, Benfield came away with a 2-0 win on a sunny April afternoon, when Scott McCarthy scored goal of the season and Sunderland were relegated after losing 2-1 at home to Burton Albion.

This season, neither the benched McCarthy nor Sunderland, who had rescued a heroic point against the mighty Accrington Stanley the night before, were playing, as Elliott relied on the same starting XI who had pummelled Chester le Street in the League Cup on the Tuesday prior. 

It would be difficult to speculate whether a limited, one-dimensional Ashington side would have caused Benfield more problems than they did if they hadn’t been reduced to 9 men just after the half hour, but the facts are that despite the tireless running of impressive Colliers debutant target man Brandon Morrison, the home team did not have a single effort on target in the whole 90 minutes.

If Andy Grainger had a quiet afternoon, the opposite was true of Colliers keeper Conor Grant who, as ever, had a blinding game. Grant was the sole reason Ashington didn’t concede a bagful at Sam Smith’s earlier in the season and he produced half a dozen outstanding saves in this game to keep the score down. His first involvement was on 8 minutes, when he smothered Dale Pearson’s effort after the tall striker collected a bouncing ball that the Ashington defence had missed. Pearson and then Paul Brayson both went close with efforts that whistled past the upright in the next couple of minutes, before Grant distinguished himself with a superb save from Brayson who cut through the middle. Rhys Evans went close with a long-range effort that dipped just over, before the game turned in a 5-minute spell.

Benfield had clearly been on top from the off and their cause was made appreciably easier by the petulance of full-back Jake Turnbull who received a red card for a wild attempt at a kick on former collier Pearson, long after the ball had gone. Soon after another Turnbull made his mark on the game, albeit in a much more constructive way. Jake Orrell’s corner from the right was met powerfully by Lions skipper Mark Turnbull, only for Grant to make a blinding save. However, the Benfield centre back reacted to prod the rebound home and scored what was proved to be the winner on 32 minutes. Instead of channelling their frustration positively, Ashington pressed the self-destruct button immediately from the restart when former Benfield player, and hero of our title-winning season in 2008/2009, Paul Antony was dismissed for a vicious elbow right in the face of Dale Pearson. A large percentage of the home crowd reacted somewhat negatively to this decision, berating referee Mark Ryan, but from where I was sat, it was the only possible decision. While the supporters were in a state of frenzied anger, the home side tried to regroup. Twice Jake Orrell fizzed efforts just wide of the post, before Grant intervened yet again with another excellent save from Pearson.

Benfield began the second period on the front foot and Rhys Evans twice almost doubled the away team’s advantage; firstly, he flashed a drive just wide and secondly, he just failed to get enough power onto a back-post header to seriously trouble Grant. Sadly, the game declined as a contest thereafter, with sluggish play almost entirely in the Ashington half, where Benfield carved out and missed a succession of half chances, where weak shooting or a woeful final pass saw the danger disappear. Grant was still on his mettle, denying Pearson and then Turnbull in quick succession.

Dean Holmes was denied by a Grant’s best save of the match on 85 minutes, before Ashington broke to win a couple of late corners but didn’t threaten the Benfield goal. The last action of the game saw Grant tip a Brayson effort round the post, before the final whistle sounded on Benfield’s fourth successive victory at Woodhorn Lane.

Match Report Ian Cusack

Photos/website Steve Boyle

Newcastle Benfield Match report v Chester le Street

Two days after he was announced as the new Benfield manager, Stuart Elliott adopted a watching brief at Chester Le Street Town’s tidy and welcoming Moor Park as the latest Paul Brayson interregnum ended with an emphatic victory in this Brookes Mileson Northern League Cup quarter final tie. The result was not in doubt after Jake Orrell’s early brace, where he twice got the better of home custodian Maximilian Coombes with powerful drives from the right side of the area. The opener on 7 minutes saw him run on to a loose ball and fire home emphatically, while the second capped off a flowing move orchestrated by Dean Holmes bursting down the left and Dale Pearson, who revelled in a central striking role, setting Orrell free.

In between the two goals, Andy Grainger had been forced into an instinctive save, parrying centre forward Clarkson’s head high snapshot. The same combination were involved at the midpoint of the half, when Grainger went acrobatically full length to tip a header round the post. Benfield almost grabbed a third on the half hour when Dale Pearson’s mazy dribble through the penalty area resulted in him working an ideal shooting opportunity, only for him to completely miss his kick and see the chance squandered.

Immediately after the break, Pearson made amends. Straight from kick off Dean Holmes bombed down the wing and played Brayson in, only for Coombe to make an astonishing reaction save. The ball ended up at Jake Orrell’s feet and his precise cross was forced home from close in by Pearson.

Brayson almost got his name on the score sheet on the hour, when he fired a free kick from 20 yards inches over the angle of bar and post. The game seemed to be ambling to a conclusion when Chester Le Street grabbed a consolation. Andy Grainger raced from his line to clear a loose ball, but his attempt was blocked by home player Daniel Candlish, who then turned the loose ball home. If the Cestrians thought this was a lifeline, they were to be disabused of the notion almost immediately, when substitute James Martin arrived unmarked at the back post and turned home Jake Orrell’s cross for his first goal for the Lions.

The scoring continued when centre half Jake Thompson powered home a great header from a Reece Noble corner, before Dale Pearson rounded proceedings off with the last kick of the game, blasting home a pass from late sub Scott McCarthy to give the final score a more realistic reflection of the balance of play.

Match Report Ian Cusack

Photos Shaun Phillips

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Newcastle Benfield v North Shields Match Report Non League football

Newcastle Benfield’s winless run in 2019 now stretches to 6 games over 6 weeks after North Shields followed up their success on penalties at Sam Smith’s Park in the Northumberland Senior Cup quarter final the previous Wednesday, that caused the surprise, untimely departure of Tom Wade from the manager’s chair after only 4 months, with a 4-2 success in the opening league encounter between the two sides.

Despite a strong wind from the west that blew straight down the pitch, this was a good contest, played in a very sporting manner in front of an orderly, appreciative crowd of 257.

Credit must be given where credit is due; this was the best footballing North Shields team I can recall seeing since they joined the Northern League back in 2003; it has taken him a year, but boss Marc Nash and his assistant, one time Benfield boss Tony Woodhouse, have assembled a fine, passing side that showed a lethal instinct in front of goal.

Particular credit must go to young Cameron Cunningham, partnered up top by Gary Day, whose performance as a lead striker was a revelation to those who remember him as a willing but limited target man for The Lions. Also, rolling back the years and helping his team out in a time of keeping crisis, Michael Robinson put in a stupendous shift and was clearly Man of the Match for The Robins.

After a cagey opening, Shields took the initiative and Gary Day put the visitors ahead, by guiding a precise, low shot into the corner after excellent work by Cunningham. Despite playing into the howling gale, Benfield were more than a match for the Robins, with Robinson displaying excellent reactions to block shots by Scott McCarthy and, twice in succession, from Acting Player Manager Paul Brayson.

The latter led to an amazing scramble in the area, which ended with Jake Orrell denied at the back post by a desperate clearance off the line. Just when it seemed Benfield were about to score imminently, Shields inflicted a hammer blow, when Ryan Carr raced on to a through ball and slipped it home past an onrushing Andy Grainger. It could have been curtains for the home side, but Scott McCarthy threw the hosts a lifeline, turning and firing home via the post after Robinson’s mistimed punch fell at his feet, right on the half time whistle.

The second half was an absorbing contest, with the wind abating a crucial factor in the vastly improved spectacle on display. Despite the home side pushing forward for an equaliser from the off, it was Shields who extended their lead. Firstly, an unmarked Cunningham accepted a through ball in the inside left position and finished unerringly under Grainger, before Carr grabbed his second.

The Benfield midfield was notable by their absence as the Shields striker ambled forward and fired a fine effort into the bottom corner. At 4-1 down with 25 minutes left, Benfield introduced towering centre back Jake Thompson, who immediately nullified the threat of Gary Day and effectively shut off any threat from the visitors, who withdrew as Benfield set about salvaging some pride. That they did, when Brayson turned smartly in the area and finished intelligently past a flatfooted Robinson. Indeed, the home side could have salvaged a point, as efforts by Jake Orrell, substitute Dean Holmes and Scott McCarthy all came within a fraction of being a goal. Just as the game was about to go into stoppage time, we had the farcical situation of the referee going down with cramp and a 6 minute delay before he hobbled off and the senior assistant took charge for a brief instant as the game ended without further talking points.

Match Report Ian Cusack

Photos Paul Mcfeeley

Website Steve Boyle

Robins Tame the Lions in the Northumberland FA Senior Cup.

Newcastle Benfield 1-1 North Shields (North Shields win 5-3 on penalties)

Newcastle Benfield were knocked out of the Northumberland Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage as North Shields won 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

After Jake Orrell’s first-half opener at Sam Smith’s Park, the Lions were dealt a cruel blow through Paul Robinson’s stoppage time equaliser. 
With no winner in extra time, the game went to a penalty shoot-out, with the Robins prevailing 5-3 following five accurate spot-kicks, with Benfield’s James Martin’s unfortunately firing his 12-yard attempt over the crossbar.
North Shields began the brightest of the two sides, with Ryan Carr unleashing a curling effort towards goal, forcing Benfield goalkeeper Andrew Grainger into pushing away the speculative strike.
Benfield took their turn in attack as James Novak rose high from a Reece Noble free kick, only for his header to sail straight towards Shields goalkeeper Greg Purvis. 
After limited offensive opportunities in the opening stages, Benfield took the lead on the stroke of half-time. As Scott McCarthy’s effort inside the penalty area was parried into the path of Orrell, the attacking midfielder calmly took the ball past a group of rushing defenders before slotting the ball home from close range.

With a slender lead to their name, Benfield went in search of a second goal in the hope of extending their advantage. After Orrell was played through, the 21-year-old took the ball past a diving Purvis and despite the youngster managing to stay on his feet when clipped, his fierce effort at goal crashed off the top of the woodwork.
McCarthy took his turn to test the visiting goalkeeper, with Purvis coming off his line quickly to produce a brave save, which resulted in suffering a cut on his head, with Michael Robinson coming on in his place for the away side.
With a large chunk of added time, Shields wasted key chances in the final third but, with the clock approaching the last minutes of the game, late drama was to arrive at the bitter end.
As Paul Robinson found time and space on the edge of the penalty area, the winger’s effort sailed into the top corner to the dismay of the Benfield supporters. 

In extra time, cramp began to creep in for the players of both sides, with neither goalkeeper heavily tested in the additional 30 minutes before the game was to be decided by penalties.
With the shoot-out situated at 3-2 to the visitors, Martin’s penalty ultimately decided the result of the tie, with his effort flying over the crossbar. Following four perfect penalties, Gareth Bainbridge sealed the Robins’ passage into the last four, slotting home the Robins’ fifth penalty.

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Newcastle Benfield 2 Hebburn Town 2. Ebac Northern League Division 1

After a thoroughly depressing set of results throughout January, Newcastle Benfield restored some pride with an encouraging display in a thoroughly entertaining encounter which they were a shade unfortunate not to win against a Hebburn Town side who, arguably, had one eye on their FA Vase last 16 tie against West Auckland Town the week after.

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Loan signing Thomas Bexton who had made a good impression in his debut at Bishop Auckland was forced to miss out through injury, the same as Mark Turnbull and Richard Slaughter, along with long term absentees Dylan McEvoy, Lewis Scorgie and Joe Robson. Alex Nisbet filled in at centre half alongside James Novak, though he was forced off at the break with a knock, which allowed the imposing figure of Jake Thompson, recently arrived from Queen of the South, to make his Benfield debut.

The South Tyneside outfit, on their first visit to Sam Smith’s since promotion, started off on the front foot. The Hornets had the ball in the net after 7 minutes, when Luke Sullivan, who was to be a thorn in the home side’s flesh all afternoon, tapped in at the back post, only to be denied by the assistant’s flag.

A decent crowd of 175 were in attendance and they almost saw a Benfield goal after 18 minutes, when Paul Brayson’s astute lay-off was fired a touch too high by Dale Pearson. Spurred on by this, The Lions exerted a degree of pressure with a series of testing corners, taken by stand-in captain Dennis Knight. Unfortunately, all the good work went to waste when James Martin was harshly, if correctly, adjudged to have impeded Luke Sullivan in the area. The striker took the kick himself and sent Andy Grainger the wrong way to grab a lead the visitors held until the break, perhaps a shade luckily. Benfield were gaining great traction by the judicious use of diagonal balls and one such pass put Jake Orrell in, only for keeper Jennison to deflect the ball wide. Late in the half both Novak and Rhys Evans saw powerful drives blocked by a resolute Hebburn defence, intent on maintaining their lead.

Benfield’s star performer was undoubtedly Dennis Knight, who revelled in both the captaincy and his midfield playmaker role. It was fitting he scored the equaliser on 56 minutes, when his vicious drive from distance, after Paul Brayson’s astute lay off had set things up on a plate, proved too hot for former Team North custodian Andrew Jennison, who allowed the ball to squirm right through him. It was nothing less than the home team deserved. Twice in the space of 5 minutes, Paul Brayson almost put Benfield ahead. Firstly, a free kick after Dale Pearson was trip on the edge of the box, ended up on the roof of the net. Then a Jake Orrell cross ended up a fraction wide.

As the incessant rain grew torrential, the home side went ahead. Jennison fumbled another Knight thunderbolt and Orrell reacted quickest to put the rebound in. Undoubtedly, Hebburn were second best and potentially hoping for the final whistle and a chance to regroup in time for their big Vase game and twice Paul Brayson broke through and fired agonisingly wide. 

Benfield were to rue this as Sullivan strode forward in the final minute of regulation time and fired in a low strike that left Andrew Grainger unsighted, to grab a point for the visitors. 

Match Report Ian Cusack

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Bishop Auckland v Newcastle Benfield Match Report Northern League Division 1

For most of the time since returning to the Northern League, Bishop Auckland have been serial underachievers, whose on field performances have lagged far behind their supporters’ opinion of themselves. However, under the stewardship of Ian Chandler and Brian Rowe, Bishops have finally found a team to match their palatial surroundings at Heritage Park. Today the Two Blues gave a masterclass in counter attacking football and precise finishing.  That said, if one were to reckon up the chances created by both sides, there would be no doubt that Benfield outstripped the hosts by two to one in creativity. It speaks volumes that home keeper Nick Liversedge was Man of the Match by a country mile today.

Despite an encouraging opening by the visitors, including Scott McCarthy being played in by an astute Paul Brayson pass, only for Liversedge to race from his line to block the shot, it was Bishops who went ahead after 10 minutes. Ex Benfield full back Michael Hoganson took an inswinging free kick on the right that Andrew Grainger solicitously tipped over. Despite the referee signalling a corner from the right, Bishops took it from the left and an unmarked Kieran Gailbraith headed home. Of course, the goal should not have stood, but I seemed the only person in the 286 crowd to have noticed this.

Benfield did not allow themselves to be discomfited by this misfortune and took the game straight to their hosts. On 12 minutes McCarthy’s deflected effort fell to James Martin who shot over from a tight angle. Martin was again involved soon after, flashing a ball across the box that Dennis Knight just failed to convert at the back post. Knight hit another effort that deflected agonisingly wide and from the subsequent corner, Alex Nisbet just failed to direct a header on target. Both McCarthy and Reece Noble shot from distance in quick succession, only to see Liversedge twice extend himself to the utmost and tip the ball wide, while Brayson’s free kick from the edge of the box after Jake Orrell had been upended was a shade too high. For Bishops, Chris Winn had twice had efforts held by captain for the day Andy Grainger, though it was a shock when the Two Blues doubled their lead just before half time when Fryatt intercepted an attempted pass by Nisbet, before waltzing into the box and burying a low effort into the far corner. 

In the second half, Benfield came out swinging; Orrell flashed a drive wide and Knight was denied by Liversedge’s reflexes at his near post. However, as the temperature plummeted and darkness fell, Bishops were content to allow Benfield possession and try to this the Lions on the break. This they did with uncompromising ruthlessness, when the previously anonymous Andy Johnson turned in the box and fired past Grainger for 3-0. The game was up, despite Brayson’s glorious volley on 71 minutes that gave Benfield hope. However, when Liversedge denied Dale Pearson with the save of the game and Nisbet’s header from the corner was knocked off the line, the sense that it won’t be your day becomes all too pervasive. So it proved, as Bishops saw the game out to win 3-1.

 

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Newcastle Benfield v Guisborough Town Match Report

Newcastle Benfield extended their unbeaten run to 14 games with a hard working but thoroughly merited away win on a glorious Winter afternoon in North Yorkshire. Guisborough Town’s scenic and well-appointed King George V ground used to be a venue of endless misery for The Lions, but with the monkey off our back in a scintillating 4-0 last year, the belief that oozes through the squad was in evidence again as we shrugged off the disappointment of still being a goal down on the hour, to turn things around and win with something to spare. 

With Joe Robson ruled out for the rest of the season, Richard Pell came in for his debut and the imposing stopper acquitted himself well. New signing Joe Shepherd, who has arrived from Blyth Spartans, took his place on the bench in a squad depleted by Festive commitments elsewhere. Benfield started the game strongly, with James Martin’s swinging cross causing pandemonium in the home defence after 3 minutes. Guisborough’s captain was their keeper Jordan Nixon and he was by a distance their best player. He first distinguished himself brilliantly tipping over a deft Brayson chip on 12 minutes. Less than 2 minutes later, Nixon went full length to touch Dale Pearson’s low effort round the post. The value of those superb saves was underlined on 20 minutes when, somewhat against the run of play, Mason McNeill lashed a loose ball into the roof of the net to put the home side ahead. Benfield sought to respond immediately, and Paul Brayson was denied by a brilliant saving tackle by the impressive Anthony Snook. Dale Pearson flashed a shot inches wide, before Nixon’s third important save denied Alex Nisbet, who powered in a diving header, meaning the Priorymen went in to the break with a single goal lead. 

Half time

One factor that has distinguished Benfield’s play since Tom Wade’s return to the hot seat, has been a refusal to lie down. Hence it was no surprise that the second half resembled a siege on the Guisborough goal. The brave home side kept The Lions out until just before the hour when Dean Holmes stooped to head home Jake Orrell’s peach of a cross, for his first goal in Benfield colours. Soon after Paul Brayson appeared to be cleaned out in the area, though nothing was given. However, the veteran marksman had the last laugh, collecting an Andy Grainger goal kick and steering it effortlessly past the stranded Nixon. It was goal made beautiful by its simplicity. Moments later, Brayson elected to shoot when Pearson was unmarked to his left and the chance was gone. Finally, Nixon kept his best until last, acrobatically flying to his right and palming Orrell’s piledriver over the bar. Nixon went up in a late sortie, but there was to be no fairy-tale ending as Benfield comfortably kept Guisborough at bay for a well-deserved 3 points.

Man of the Match: 

Dean Holmes

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