EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION 1
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD v REDCAR ATHLETIC
Redcar Athletic were the visitors to Sam Smith’s Park on a cold and blustery day and it was the visitors who came close to opening the scoring in the fifth minute of the game. A long thru ball found Redcar’s Isaac Walton running in on goal and only a brilliant block by Jake Thompson denied the Redcar player from opening the scoring.
Eight minutes had passed when Benfield put a good move together, starting with a cross field pass from Cameron Gascoigne which found Paul Brayson who saw his pass just evade Connor Walker. Redcar had an opportunity in the eleventh minute when they were awarded a free kick just outside the Benfield penalty area but a poor effort saw the ball go wide from a good position.
Benfield almost got the opening goal in the thirteenth minute when a poor clearance from the Redcar goal keeper Matthew Bateman found Ryan McGorrigan, despite hitting a well struck shot the Redcar keeper made amends for his mistake bringing off a fine save from the Benfield striker.
The quality of the play at this stage was poor from both teams but in the fourteenth minute a 30 yard free kick taken by Cameron Gascoigne almost opened the scoring with keeper Matthew Bateman being alert to the situation making another good save.
It was next the turn of the visitors in the fifteenth minute to advance forward with a fine strong run by McKenzie Dicicco but good defending saw his effort blocked off.
Newcastle Benfield thought they had opened the scoring in the twentieth minute when a long thru pass found Ryan McGorrigan whom advanced forward to confidently dispatch the ball past the Redcar keeper Matthew Bateman but to his dismay the linesman had his flag up for offside and the goal was disallowed.
The twenty-fourth minute saw both sides have a strike on goal firstly Paul Brayson hit an effort on target which was well saved and from the counter attack Redcar’s Isaac Walker saw Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger bring off a brilliant save to deny him the opening goal. The remaining twenty minutes or so just played themselves out with no real efforts on goal to report and thankfully half time arrived.
It only took three minutes of the second half before the opening goal came and it went the way of the visitors, a long thru ball from Stephen Jackson which looked like a bread and butter take for Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger saw him misjudge the bounce of the ball allowing Redcar’s Issac Walker the opportunity to shoot into an empty net making it 1-0 to Redcar Athletic.
Not to be too downhearted Benfield then came close on two occasions involving Paul Brayson, the first came in the fifty-third minute with a good move down the right when Ritchie Slaughter found Paul Brayson who shot just past the Redcar goal and it was Brayson again in the fifty-sixth minute shooting just over the Redcar cross bar after a quick Benfield break down the right wing.
The fifty-ninth minute should have been when Redcar could have increased their lead after loose play by Benfield allowed Nicholas Martin to gain control of the ball, but a poor effort on goal was easily saved by the Benfield keeper.
The Benfield keeper was in action again in the seventy-second minute when he saved well from a strong effort on goal by Jordan Rivis. This proved to be a vital save as within five minutes Benfield were level, a thru ball by Benfield’s man of the match Ritchie Slaughter found Paul Brayson who saw his well struck shot saved by Redcar’s keeper Matthew Bateman. Fortunately for Benfield although it was a fine save, he could only parry the ball and it found its way to Benfield player Connor Walker who shot home from six yards levelling the score up at 1-1.
Eighty-three minutes had elapsed when Benfield were indebted to their keeper Andrew Grainger again, a poor ball out to Jake Thompson by Grainger put him under immediate pressure from the Redcar forwards with them being denied by three brilliant saves with the fourth Redcar effort being cleared off the line by Kane Evans.
Redcar were not finished yet and in the eighty-sixth minute McKenzie Dicicco had a good shooting opportunity but after cutting in he fluffed his lines by hitting a weak effort at the Benfield goal making it an easy save for the keeper Andrew Grainger. This left the score at 1-1 which was also the final score.
Man of the Match … Ritchie Slaughter.
Reporter:- Allan Young.