Benfield vs Ashington AFC: Match Report

Updated: Feb 28

26-February 2022



For the fourth time this season Ashington were the Lions opponents with it being 2-1 in victories at the moment to Newcastle Benfield so a tough close game was envisaged.

It was six minutes before anything to excite he home supporters occurred when a good team build up saw Brayson bring the Ashington keeper Adam McHugh into action making an easy save. A minute later and Benfield came close thru Cameron Gascoigne with his shot just clearing the Ashington bar.

It was the turn of the visitors in the fourteenth minute to show their attacking skills and a good team build up resulted in a corner to Ashington which was cleared to safety. Then it was seventeen minutes before the home team did anything to cause any concern to the ‘Colliers’ when a swift attack and build up from Benfield produced a fine save from Ashington keeper Adam McHugh tipping an effort from Benfield’s Aiden Haley out for a corner which came to nothing.

A minute later and it was Ashington’s turn to come close to open the scoring, from a corner the ball was headed clear from goal reaching Ben Sampson 25-yards out with his well struck shot just clearing the Benfield crossbar.

Another four minutes had passed when in the twenty-second minute the first goal came and it went the way of the visitors, the ball was played down the Ashington right wing with the cross-finding teammate Karl Ross who struck a strong 20-yard drive which took a slight deflection before flying into the net making the score 1-0 to Ashington.

It didn’t take long before the second goal of the game arrived and again it went to Ashington when a cross from Adam Johnson in the thirty-second minute found its way to the Benfield far post to unfortunately be put into his own net for goal number two by Benfield’s Ethan Renney.

Ashington were content to keep the score at two nil and easily saw out the remaining 13 minutes with Benfield not putting on any pressure leaving the halftime score 2-0.

The second half started the same as the first half had finished with Ashington looking the most likely to get another goal. They came close again within two minutes of the start of the second half when it took a fine save by Benfield’s Andrew Grainger to keep out a strong shot from Dean Briggs.

Ashington at this stage were bossing the game keeping control and possession of the ball. Benfield were not completely out of the action and it took a strong block by Ashington’s central defender Thomas Kalthoeber to deny Ryan McGorrigan from pulling a goal back.

Despite being denied a goal earlier by the Benfield keeper Ashington got a third goal in the fifty-sixth minute when a corner wasn’t cleared properly and in the goalmouth scramble Luke Salmon put the ball into the net to make the score 3-0 to Ashington.

Just past the hour mark and Ashington would have been four up had it not been for the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger making a good save from a shot from Jordan Summerly. Although he didn’t have much to do Ashington keeper Adam McHugh was alert and in the sixty-seventh minute and made a fine save to deny a well struck volley from Benfield substitute Archie Leonard.

Despite being three down to their credit the home team were not giving up and, in the seventy-fifth, minute a terrific thru ball from Connor Walker found team mate Archie Leonard who saw his effort cleared for a corner. The best opportunity for Benfield to get a goal back occurred in the seventy-ninth minute Ryan McGorrigan was put clear after a defensive mix up and instead of going direct towards the Ashington goal he tried to pass to Archie Leonard but he over hit the ball with it going straight to Ashington keeper Adam McHugh.

Time was running out for Benfield to get at least one goal back and their final attempt came in eighty-second minute when a quick pass by Joe Robson found McKenzie Sharpe who then found Abu Salim who crossed the ball to find team mate Aiden Haley who put it wide of the goal leaving the score at 3-0 which was the final score.

Man of the Match … Brad Varga.

Reporter:- Allan Young.

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