Match report West Auckland fc

Considering the way the weather had been, with very strong winds and heavy rain, the chances of this match taking please seemed remote at best. Despite this, the West Auckland volunteers did very well in getting the pitch, which looked magnificent, ready for tonight‘s match. Play was pretty even for the first seven minutes then Newcastle Benfield opened the scoring. Captain Mark Turnbull played a pass down the right wing into the path of Paul Brayson; he in turn laid it into the path of SCOTT McCARTHY who, after controlling the ball, took it round the West Auckland keeper David Knight and rolled it into an empty net, making it 1-0 to Benfield.

Little had been seen of West Auckland in an attacking sense with Andrew Grainger in the Benfield goal having little to do. He should however have been called into action in the 18th minute. West won a free kick 30yards from goal which was taken by ex Spennymoor winger Craig Ruddy; he floated the ball perfectly onto the head of Carl Jones who headed wide of the goal. Benfield were playing well with every player looking for the ball in attack and defending in packs not allowing the home team time to settle on the ball, this allowed Benfield to get possession and quickly turn defence into attack. It was from one of these situations that Dylan McEvoy set up goal scorer McCarthy, after controlling the ball he rolled the ball to his team mate, McCarthy advanced forward with a good shooting chance but he put his effort wide of the West goal.

Goalmouth action was at a premium from both sides, but it always looked as if any more goals were to come it would be a second for Newcastle Benfield rather than a first for West Auckland. It should have gone to the visitors and again it was Scott McCarthy in the 40th minute who should have got Benfield’s second goal, Paul Brayson played a pass into McCarthy giving him a free run in on goal, but his shot on goal was straight at the goal keeper allowing him to save the effort which, with the interval nearing left the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield at half time.

West Auckland manager Darren Williams must have had a strong talk to his players in the halftime interval as they nearly got the equalizing goal in the 1st minute of the second half. A strong run by West’s striker Adam Burnicle saw his fine effort just go over the Benfield cross bar. West were at times struggling to cope with the pace of Ryu Williamson and Moussa Bakthi; in the 48th minute that Williamson chased a through ball, flying past a defender but instead of shooting at goal he tried to pass it to a team mate who was worse position to shoot than him and the chance was lost.

In the nicest sense Williamson was proving to be a pest for the West Auckland defenders and he combined in the 50th minute with Paul Brayson to set up Josh Scott, who advanced forward to unleash a strong shot on target from 25 yards, which was well saved for a corner by West keeper David Knight. West Auckland in the 55th minute were victims of their own success, when they were given a free kick for offside ten yards outside their penalty area, taking it too quickly as Benfield’s Paul Brayson was lurking nearby. He dispossessed Thomas Marron before back heeling the ball into DYLAN McEVOY, who advanced 20 yards before  coolly rolling the ball past Knight in the West Auckland goal making it 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield. The score was a fair reflection of the game at this stage, but West Auckland brought on two substitutes Connor Gardiner and David Edwards which gave them a bit more pace which made their team a little more dangerous in possession. It didn’t result in any major requirements from the Benfield custodian Andrew Grainger who must have been getting cold with only the odd sporadic attack by the home team.

Paul Brayson who had been the major assistant for both of Benfield’s goal nearly got on the scoring sheet in the 59th minute when Ryu Williamson provided the ammunition but Knight was up to the task producing a good save for a corner which was cleared to safety. The 62nd minute brought the third and final goal of the game and it went the way of the visitors. Ryu Williamson not for the first time flew down the left wing, he then passed to Scott McCarthy, the Benfield striker passed the ball to Paul Brayson who turned  quickly in the penalty area to be tripped with referee Mr Urwin awarding a penalty. This was the second penalty that Benfield had been given in successive matches with Paul Brayson missing the last one with a horrendous skyer, the Benfield players and supporters were wondering who would take this one but no one was given a chance with PAUL BRAYSON smashing the ball high into the net giving David Knight no chance of saving making the score 3-0 to Newcastle Benfield which it was at full time.

This was an excellent all round performance by all the team with it being difficult to pick a man of the match award, as every player deserved an eight out of ten with the man of the match getting a nine. There will be differing opinions who should get this but for having two major assists in the first two goals and having the balls to take a penalty after his miss on Saturday, Paul Brayson gets the vote.

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Match report v West Auckland

Considering the way the weather had been, with very strong winds and heavy rain, the chances of this match taking please seemed remote at best. Despite this, the West Auckland volunteers did very well in getting the pitch, which looked magnificent, ready for tonight’s match. Play was pretty even for the first seven minutes then Newcastle Benfield opened the scoring. Captain Mark Turnbull played a pass down the right wing into the path of Paul Brayson; he in turn laid it into the path of SCOTT McCARTHY who, after controlling the ball, took it round the West Auckland keeper David Knight and rolled it into an empty net, making it 1-0 to Benfield.

Little had been seen of West Auckland in an attacking sense with Andrew Grainger in the Benfield goal having little to do. He should however have been called into action in the 18th minute. West won a free kick 30yards from goal which was taken by ex Spennymoor winger Craig Ruddy; he floated the ball perfectly onto the head of Carl Jones who headed wide of the goal. Benfield were playing well with every player looking for the ball in attack and defending in packs not allowing the home team time to settle on the ball, this allowed Benfield to get possession and quickly turn defence into attack. It was from one of these situations that Dylan McEvoy set up goal scorer McCarthy, after controlling the ball he rolled the ball to his team mate, McCarthy advanced forward with a good shooting chance but he put his effort wide of the West goal.

Goalmouth action was at a premium from both sides, but it always looked as if any more goals were to come it would be a second for Newcastle Benfield rather than a first for West Auckland. It should have gone to the visitors and again it was Scott McCarthy in the 40th minute who should have got Benfield’s second goal, Paul Brayson played a pass into McCarthy giving him a free run in on goal, but his shot on goal was straight at the goal keeper allowing him to save the effort which, with the interval nearing left the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield at half time.

West Auckland manager Darren Williams must have had a strong talk to his players in the halftime interval as they nearly got the equalizing goal in the 1st minute of the second half. A strong run by West’s striker Adam Burnicle saw his fine effort just go over the Benfield cross bar. West were at times struggling to cope with the pace of Ryu Williamson and Moussa Bakthi; in the 48th minute that Williamson chased a through ball, flying past a defender but instead of shooting at goal he tried to pass it to a team mate who was worse position to shoot than him and the chance was lost.

In the nicest sense Williamson was proving to be a pest for the West Auckland defenders and he combined in the 50th minute with Paul Brayson to set up Josh Scott, who advanced forward to unleash a strong shot on target from 25 yards, which was well saved for a corner by West keeper David Knight. West Auckland in the 55th minute were victims of their own success, when they were given a free kick for offside ten yards outside their penalty area, taking it too quickly as Benfield’s Paul Brayson was lurking nearby. He dispossessed Thomas Marron before back heeling the ball into DYLAN McEVOY, who advanced 20 yards before coolly rolling the ball past Knight in the West Auckland goal making it 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield. The score was a fair reflection of the game at this stage, but West Auckland brought on two substitutes Connor Gardiner and David Edwards which gave them a bit more pace which made their team a little more dangerous in possession. It didn’t result in any major requirements from the Benfield custodian Andrew Grainger who must have been getting cold with only the odd sporadic attack by the home team.

Paul Brayson who had been the major assistant for both of Benfield’s goal nearly got on the scoring sheet in the 59th minute when Ryu Williamson provided the ammunition but Knight was up to the task producing a good save for a corner which was cleared to safety. The 62nd minute brought the third and final goal of the game and it went the way of the visitors. Ryu Williamson not for the first time flew down the left wing, he then passed to Scott McCarthy, the Benfield striker passed the ball to Paul Brayson who turned quickly in the penalty area to be tripped with referee Mr Urwin awarding a penalty. This was the second penalty that Benfield had been given in successive matches with Paul Brayson missing the last one with a horrendous skyer, the Benfield players and supporters were wondering who would take this one but no one was given a chance with PAUL BRAYSON smashing the ball high into the net giving David Knight no chance of saving making the score 3-0 to Newcastle Benfield which it was at full time.

This was an excellent all round performance by all the team with it being difficult to pick a man of the match award, as every player deserved an eight out of ten with the man of the match getting a nine. There will be differing opinions who should get this but for having two major assists in the first two goals and having the balls to take a penalty after his miss on Saturday, Paul Brayson gets the vote.

Devlin signs from the Robins.

Newcastle Benfield have signed Jack Devlin from Northern League leaders North Shields.

@jacdev19 moves the short distance up the coast road from the Robins to the Lions.

A number of shields fans were gutted at the news but wished Jack well on his move.

Assistant manager Craig Heward was delighted with the deal and thanks North Shields FC for their co-operation in the transfer.

Match report v Chester le street

NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 3 CHESTER-LE STREET 1 (19/11/16)

Newly promoted, struggling Chester le Street were the visitors to Sam Smiths’ Park and found themselves under pressure in the first minute when a strong run down the flank by Josh Scott saw him produce a fine inviting cross to the far post but none of his team mates gambled on attacking the cross so a good opportunity was spurned. Six minutes had elapsed when it took a good block by Benfield’s Lewis Scorgie to prevent Michael Hepplewhite from opening the scoring from a well delivered free kick by Mark Pattinson.

It was all go in an attacking sense, mainly from the home team and Josh Scott almost got the first goal of the game when he made a dashing run from the halfway line outpacing two Chester defenders before being crowded out with ball going for a corner from which Tom McNamee headed just wide of the goal. Newcastle Benfield had a great chance to open the scoring in the 11th minute when referee Shane Sugden awarded the home team a penalty; it came after Scott McCarthy combined with Josh Scott, the ball was then passed to Paul Brayson who was fouled by Mark Pattison. Up stepped Paul Brayson who has a superb penalty scoring rate but to the despair of his team mates and supporters, hit the worst penalty ever seen at Sam Smith’s Park with the ball flying high over the goal and the net behind the goal. It came to rest somewhere close to Chillingham Road.

Chances seemed to be coming every two minutes. In the13th minute Chester’s keeper was called into action; a move down the left found Moussa Bakhti with the ball and his fine cross found Josh Scott who saw his well struck effort well saved by Jack Wilson the Chester custodian. It was the turn of the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to show off his attributes in the 15th minutes when he produced a brilliant save to deny Andrew Grant- Soulsby’s strong effort getting on the end of a corner from Pattison. Another excellent save from Chester keeper Jack Wilson came in the16th minute. Tom McNamee controlled the ball, he then proceeded on a strong run forward and despite being under pressure all the way from Soulsby managed to hit a strong left foot shot brilliantly pushed away to safety.

It was all Benfield at this stage in an attacking sense but they had not yet scored despite their dominance mainly due to keeper Jack Wilson. Twenty minutes had gone by when a brilliant cross from the right wing from Paul Brayson was only inches too high for the advancing Josh Scott but that chance was put to bed a minute later. Paul Brayson was set up and from only six yards he hit the post with the ball rebounding to Scott McCarthy who saw his shot saved by Wilson but the ball fell to JOSH SCOTT six yards out and he hit the ball in to the net making it 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

Around the half hour mark Benfield centre back Lewis Scorgie should have done better when he completely missed a driven corner from Scott. Although they were coming back into the game in a possession sense Chester Le Street never really looked like scoring or even giving Andrew Grainger in the Benfield goal any cause for concern.

Scott Mcarthy had a great chance to double the Benfield tally in the 33rd minute, after a mistake by the Chester captain Andrew Grant-Soulsby who miscontrolled the ball allowing McCarthy a free run in on goal. Despite being under no pressure the Benfield striker hit the post when it was easier to score.

A second goal was on the cards for the home team and it came in the 37th minute, a pass from the halfway line was played up to Paul Brayson who then laid it into the path of DYLAN McEVOY, after controlling the ball he hit a low left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net past Jack Wilson making the score 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

Two minutes later in the thirty ninth the visitors stunned the home team by getting a goal back. It came when a long ball out of defence was flicked on by Michael Hepplewhite with his header finding DOMINIC LAWS who hit a strong volley past the despairing dive of Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to make the score 2-1 to Newcastle Benfield which it was at halftime.

Only five minutes of the second half had gone when Chester keeper Jack Wilson came again to the rescue of his team; a throw in from Turnbull found Brayson whose cute back heal found McCarthy. He immediately hit a first time shot which was again kept out by the keeper. Wilson didn’t have any chance in the 52nd minute when Benfield got the elusive third goal. Scott McCarthy collected the ball out on the left wing, showing a clean pair of heels to Chris Stephenson. Advancing to the goal line, he picked out team mate Tom McNamee, who then squared the ball to Paul Brayson to tap in from six yards, making it 3-1.

Benfield were starting to run rampant and on 54 minutes goal scorer Josh Scott should have done better when a through pass from Ryu Williamson gave him a free run in on goal leaving him 1on1 with the keeper but he hit his effort wide of the goal. The home team spurned another chance to score in the 56th minute a brilliant run down the left wing by top player Moussa Bakhti saw Josh Scott control the ball before he produced a superb cross into the path of Paul Brayson but to his dismay he put the ball wide from six yards.

Little had been seen from Chester- Le-Street forwards in the half as their defence had been trying to cope with the pace of the home team and had no chance of supporting their strikers leaving them isolated as they were being pushed further and further back by Benfield. It was the Jack Wilson show again in the 63rd minute when the keeper made a great save once again after a brilliant 40 yard pass from Dylan McEvoy found Ryu Williamson who saw his effort saved for a corner.

Benfield were in complete control of the game and should have been out of sight in the goal scoring stakes but they only had a two goal lead despite many chances and another came their way in the 70th minute, when Brayson held the ball up before passing to McEvoy who crossed the ball to the far post just evading the diving Josh Scott. With only ten minutes to go Benfield had another attempt on goal after a McEvoy cross found Scorgie but another decent save from Wilson quelled the danger.

In an isolated incident Chester-Le-St had an attack in the 85th minute; good play from goal scorer Dominic Laws saw him cut in from the left to hit a shot just over the bar. Time was running out for Chester but they should have gone another goal down in the last minute of the game, McCarthy and Williamson combined leaving the latter a free run in on goal but instead of shooting he tried to pass back to McCarthy when he had a free shot from which he should have scored. This left the final score 3-1 to Newcastle Benfield

NEWCASTLE BENFIELD: GRAINGER, TURNBULL, BAKHTI, McNAMEE, SCORGIE, DUMMETT, WILLIAMSON, McEVOY (KANDA), BRAYSON, McCARTHY, SCOTT (BERHAN)

SUBSTITUTES: BRAMLEY, TOBIN, CONVERY

MAN OF THE MATCH: DUMMETT