It was a day to remember at Sam Smith’s Park on Saturday, as they ran out 6-0 winners against Guisborough Town.
Guisborough Town have always been tough customers at Newcastle Benfield, and the early exchanges of the match suggested that it could be another hard game for the Lions.
The first five minutes were very difficult for Benfield, as they had to consistently defend a number of huge Guisborough chances, that the visitors would later regret for not taking.
The first big Benfield chance came in the 12th minute, through Abu Salim. A huge chance from 10 yards out was narrowly missed by the forward, after being chased down by Guisborough defender Rowbotham.
It was 20 minutes in before Benfield started to look seriously dangerous again in the 18 yard box. Paul Brayson and Aiden Haley linked up in the visitors’ area, but the crucial pass of the effort was cut out by the Guisborough defender.
Brassey didn’t have to wait long however before the ball found the net. On the stroke of 26 minutes, a simply sublime ball from Abu Salim found Brassey on the left hand side of the 18 yard box, and as he cut inside and got the shot away, a cruel deflection sent the ball tumbling into the back of the Guisborough net.
Brassey was back again just 3 minutes later, this time tapping the ball in from close range. It was an early score line that seemed cruel on the visitors, considering their consistent aggression for the first 20 minutes of the game, however Brayson and Benfield were not done yet.
Guisborough looked to get back on terms in the few minutes that followed, with Dylan McEvoy striking an effort that was deflected high and wide. Just moments later, Garbutt had a similar effort that came to the same conclusion.
On the 38th minute, Benfield nearly made it three, with Brassey looking to get his first half hattrick, but the connection meant the ball trickled wide of the post.
Brassey responded to missing the shot immediately, this time with a goal that he was never missing. A great ball from Richie Slaughter found Brayson at the back post, who slotted home from close range. Benfield were now in full control.
The final event of the first half saw Joe Robson go into the book on a yellow card, following a rash tackle on a Guisborough attacker. However, as the half time whistle blew, Benfield were in full control.
As expected, the start of the second half saw Guisborough mounting pressure, looking like they were going to score. Solid defending and some jaw-dropping saves from Alfie Gordon helped to keep the clean sheet.
On 60 minutes, Aiden Haley made way for Cyril Giraud, and just a few minutes later, Peter Glen-Ravenhill was supplied a fantastic through ball by Giraud who delivered an even more fantastic cross into the middle to Richie Slaughter, allowing him to find the near post for 4-0.
The remainder of the second half was an exchange of end-to-end play, with both teams creating chances, but having their efforts cut out by good defending and goalkeeping. During this time Benfield used their remaining two substitutions, bringing off Reece Noble and Abu Salim, and replacing them with Lewis Scorgie and Matty Parker.
Many fans were expecting the final ten minutes to be without much action in terms of goals, however this was not the case. Paul Brayson found the ball in the 18 yard box, finishing the chance clinically from a really awkward angle. Any slight hope that Guisborough Town may have had of recovering a point from this game had been lost.
But Benfield still weren’t done. Brayson finished five of the best, slotting the ball past the keeper from a similar angle to his previous goal. It finished a fantastic match for Benfield, continuing a great run of form for the Lions in the league.
Benfield will take on league leaders Hebburn Town on Saturday at 3pm, in what promises to be a fantastic 1st v 2nd clash away from home. Make sure you come and get behind the Lions on Saturday!