Benfield v Ashington FA Vase 11-Sept-2021
This was the second time this season that the two teams have met, with Newcastle Benfield having won the first encounter in the F.A. Cup.
Ashington started off the brighter of the two sides and came close as early as the second minute to opening the scoring, when Ben Harmison saw his header from a corner just clear the Benfield crossbar.
More good play by Ashington earned them a corner in the sixth minute after cross-cum-shot by Ryan McGorrigan caused concern in the Benfield goalmouth.
A quarter of an hour had passed by with no goals scored but Benfield should have opened the scoring, a long cross field pass by Benfield’s Lewis Scorgie came after he pounced on a poor pass from Ashington defender Jordon Summerly. The ball came into the possession of the striker Paul Brayson who advanced in on goal but his weak left foot shot was easily saved by Ashington keeper Karl Dryden.
Although no goals had been scored Ashington were looking the livelier of the two sides and more likely to get the first goal. It almost came in the twenty-eighth minute after a dazzling run from full back Ben Sampson, after he played a one two before advancing forward to shoot and see his effort well saved by the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger.
Although no goals had been scored, it was still Ashington who looked favourites to open the scoring and they came close on the half hour mark after a well worked corner gave central defender Tom Bramley a free header, but his effort cleared the Benfield cross bar when he should have at least hit the target.
Newcastle Benfield then had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the thirty-first minute when referee Ryan Kendal awarded the home team a penalty for a handball. Up stepped Paul Brayson to take the spot kick but unfortunately for the home team supporters his effort went yards over the Ashington crossbar. This rejuvenated the Ashington team and they made the home team pay as in the thirty-seventh minute, a mistake by Ritchie Slaughter was pounced on by Paul Robinson who drove the ball past a diving Andrew Grainger making the score 1-0 to Ashington.
With halftime approaching, Newcastle Benfield came close to getting an equalising goal that they didn’t deserve, when after a corner the ball was only half cleared out of the Ashington penalty area to Aiden Haley, who saw his effort crash off the crossbar and away to safety. Ashington then saw out the remaining few minutes and went into the dressing room at halftime leading 1-0.
Only seven minutes had gone by in the second half when Benfield were reduced to ten men after the new rule allowed the referee to send a player to the dugout for ten minutes for dissent. This player was Ritchie Slaughter who complained in the fifty-second minute after Ashington were awarded a penalty, Up stepped Ryan McGorrigan to send Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger the wrong way, making the score 2-0 to Ashington. Six minutes later and Ashington could have put the game out the sight for Benfield, when a fine cross from Paul Robinson was met by goal scorer McGorrigan, who saw Grainger make a save leaving the score at 2-0 to Ashington.
The visitors were made to rue their miss as within two minutes Benfield got a goal back, it came after the ball was bouncing about in the penalty area to roll to the feet of Paul Brayson who saw his effort with the outside of his foot go into the bottom corner of the net, making the score 2-1.
With the home team scoring it seemed to knock some of the stuffing out of the visitors, and the home team were starting to get on top, encouraged by the goa. In the sixty-eighth minute a cross from Jake Turnbull was just too high for Sam Walton. A further two minutes had advanced on when a long pass from Ashington’s Ben Harmison found Paul Robinson, who saw his near post cross defended for a corner which came to nothing.
Although behind Benfield were starting to look more dangerous in their effort to get an equaliser, and it did indeed eventually come in the seventieth minute, although it was a scrappy goal after a scramble in the Ashington penalty area, but they all count with Sam Walton getting it across the line making it 2-2.
Only six more minutes had gone by when the next goal of the game arrived and it went to Newcastle Benfield, a long range effort from Ritchie Slaughter saw Ashington keeper Karl Dryden save the ball for a corner. The kick taken found the head of Benfield central defender Lewis Scorgie, with his bullet header flying into the net making the score 3-2 to Newcastle Benfield.
Although having given away a two goal lead Ashington kept on coming forward and after a fine attacking move down their right wing they saw Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger pull off a good diving save to deny David Luke from equalising.
Time was running out for the colliers but they were nearly gifted an equaliser in the eighty-ninth minute after Ritchie Slaughter and Lewis Scorgie got in a tangle but fortunately nothing came of it, and the final whistle soon went with Newcastle Benfield winning 3-2.
Man of the Match … Lewis Scorgie.
Reporter: Allan Young