Newcastle Benfield were playing a match against Bedlington Terriers in their third preseason game of the season.
The first shooting opportunity for either side came in the sixth minute when a long cross from the left wing found Paul Brayson who hit a well struck first time effort just clearing the Terriers cross bar.
Twelve minutes had elapsed when Benfield had a good chance to open the scoring, Peter Glen -Ravenhill played a lovely cross onto the head of Cyril Giraud but unfortunately, he headed over the bar when at least he should have hit the target. The match was starting to get a little scrappy with both sides being guilty of giving the ball away and this happened again in the thirty-ninth minute when sloppy play by Benfield allowed the Bedlington striker Westphal a great opportunity to get the opening goal when he went one on one with the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger with the home keeper coming out on top keeping the score at 0-0.
Chances again fell the way of the visitors when in the forty-second minute Chris Stephenson had a decent effort save by the Benfield keeper. Within another two minutes Bedlington should have scored again, a strong marauding run
by Beverley saw him play in Westphal, although his shot was on target and it brought a decent save out of the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger he should have scored, leaving the halftime score at 0-0.
The second half started similar to the first half with both teams huffing and puffing that was until the sixty-second minute when Newcastle Benfield opened the scoring and what a goal it was, Adam Campbell who come on for the second half gained the ball thirty yards out and advanced forward before unleashing a low drive from the edge of the Terriers penalty area which flew into the bottom corner of the net giving Hodgson no chance of saving making
the score 1-0 to Benfield.
After a goalless first half the home team were to get their second goal within five minutes of the first, Benfield won a corner out on the left which found the head of the club captain Mark Turnbull, his flicked-on header met at the near post found Benfield goal poacher Paul Brayson at the far post and he slotted the ball home from five yards making it 2-0.
Bedlington to their credit kept on trying and a strong effort on the Benfield goal which came in the seventieth minute almost saw them get an opening goal. Four minutes later in the seventy-fourth minute and the game was over for the visitors.
James Novak went on a run down the left before flashing in a hard driven pass to the near post finding the feet of Paul Brayson, who flicked the ball into the net making it 3--0 to the home team. The Terriers were starting to run out of steam a little and they could have gone four down in the eightieth minute had it not been for their keeper who a brilliant take from a cross by Dennis Knight at the near post.
Within two more minutes it could have been four a fine pass from Peter Glen Ravenhill again found Knight in possession and his well manufactured lob saw the ball clear the visitors cross bar by inches.
Time was closing in on the finish and with only five minutes left after a great run by Aiden Healy who saw his cross find Paul Brayson who hit a strong volley on target, with the Bedlington keeper Hodgson producing a great save which he managed to push onto the post and away to safety. Thus ended a good day for the Benfield players but credit must also be given to the young Bedlington Terriers team who battled hard and kept on trying right to the end of the game.
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 3-0 BEDLINGTON TERRIERS
Reporter: Allan Young