EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION 1
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD v GUISBOROUGH TOWN
Guisborough Town were the visitors to Sam Smith’s Park after a trip up the long and winding A1 road.
The visitors started brightly and you could see their intentions as in the first minute they had two quick attacks on the Benfield goal.
They had another attack in the third minute when a cross from Keelan Wright-Simpson found teammate Louis Johnson who tested the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger, but the keeper made a good save. Guisborough came piling forward and got a corner after a break by Steven Roberts, and from the corner they were unfortunate not to take the lead when a header from Nicholas Hood crashed against the Benfield crossbar.
Twelve minutes had passed by when the visitors had another scoring opportunity, with a ball directed into the Benfield near post to find the head of Louis Johnson who headed the ball wide, missing a good scoring opportunity.
It was all Guisborough at this stage with the visitors in complete control but they had still not scored a goal and in fact in the fifteenth minute against the run of play it was Benfield who nearly got the opening goal with a cross from Sam Walton creating a half chance for Paul Brayson who saw his effort just clear the Guisborough bar.
Play then settled down a little with both teams getting into decent scoring chances but ending by giving the ball away.
The visitors were still looking like the first team to score and it took a good save by the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to deny Louis Johnson after he received a ball down the line before he cut in to shoot with the Benfield shot stopper, saving for a corner.
From the corner it should have been the opening goal to Guisborough but James Rowe who had a free run headed the ball over the bar.
Half time was approaching and it was Roberts again who had a goal scoring chance for Guisborough, after receiving the ball out on the right wing he cut in to blast his shot high over the Benfield goal leaving the score 0-0 at halftime.
Guisborough came flying out the traps in the second half and within a minute a corner was not cleared properly allowing Keelan Wright-Simpson a half chance at the near post, but the Benfield keeper again produced a fine save.
Guisborough were not to be denied however and opened the scoring in the forty-eighth minute, a ball down the line found Benjamin Jackson who cut in, unable to believe that no one had come into challenge him, so he advanced to hit a shot into the top corner of the Benfield net making it 1-0 to Guisborough Town.
It took eighteen minutes of the second half before Benfield had an attack of any note, when Jake Thompson saw his effort comfortably saved by goalkeeper Robert Dean.
Sam Walton should have done better in the seventieth minute when a cross from Paul Brayson to the far post saw a weak header easily saved by Robert Dean.
Guisborough were now dominating the game in the sense of possession with no real shots at goal but in the seventy-seventh minute that changed when a long pass found Joe Bartlett bringing a good save from Grainger for a corner and he produced an even better save with the ball bouncing about from a James Rowe shot.
Eighty minutes on the clock when another chance arrived for the visitors, fine footwork from James Risbrough saw him play in Nicholas Hood in on goal but his effort went high over the bar.
The time was running out for Benfield but they came close to getting an equaliser after a quick throw in found substitute Reece Noble who hit his shot inches over the cross bar.
It was in the eighty-sixth minute that Guisborough got a well-deserved second goal, a long clearance found Steven Roberts, who cut in and from a tight angle hit a cross shot into the top corner of the goal making the score 2-0 to Guisborough.
With two minutes to go, the home team almost clawed a goal back when Benfield substitute Abu Salim was put through, but he delayed shooting at goal, then eventually he saw his shot well saved by Robert Dean.
This was the final attack of the match, with Guisborough Town deserved winners 2-0.
Man of the Match … Andrew Grainger.
Reporter: Allan Young.