Newcastle Benfield v Newton Aycliffe
Ebac Northern League Division One
Sam Smith’s Park
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Newcastle Benfield wrap up another Ebac Northern League first division season on Wednesday evening as Newton Aycliffe make the journey up to Tyneside (19.30 kick off).
Col Stromsoy’s side suffered a 2-1 reverse at West Allotment Celtic on Good Friday, although those present will most remember the fine leveller scored by the Lions Dennis Knight.
Benfield are 5 unbeaten in all competitions at Sam Smith’s Park and will be looking to finish the league campaign in a positive manner in front of their own supporters.
Aycliffe meanwhile played out a goalless draw with Whickham on Good Friday which was their second successive clean sheet, having beaten champions North Shields 2-0 last week. Our visitors were last on the road back on the 9th April when they drew 1-1 at West Allotment Celtic.
Neither side have any suspensions to consider.
For Benfield, Col and his management team may freshen up the starting eleven following our game at West Allotment last week, however, ahead of Saturday, it is likely no risks will be taken with regards to any niggles. Joe Robson and Lewis Scorgie remain sidelined.
Newton Aycliffe made a double change at half time in their last game with Jack Clarkson and Brennan Fitzpatrick not returning for the second half, although time will tell whether these were injury forced or tactical changes.
Wednesday 6th April 2022
Sam Smith’s Park - attendance 118
Northern League Cup Quarter Final
Newcastle Benfield 2 Newton Aycliffe 2 (3-1 Benfield on penalties)
A dramatic night where the Lions secured a place in the First Division Cup semi final after their late late show against Col’s former club. Although Benfield took the lead through Ryan McGorrigan, Newton Aycliffe took full control and were moments away from a 2-1 victory before Lewis Leech rescued the lads with a last gasp leveller. Benfield then kept their nerve in the penalty shootout and with superb goalkeeping from Andrew Grainger thrown into the mix, the Lions came out on top on a wet night in NE6.
After Wednesday we are next in action on Saturday afternoon (23rd April) as we make the trip to Sunderland Ryhope CW for our big First Division Cup semi final against the men from SR2.
It would be good to see as many supporters as possible making the short trip through the Tyne Tunnel to back the lads at the weekend, as we look to make this feel like a home game. The team always appreciate the backing they receive and this will be as important as ever on Saturday as they try to secure a place in the final. For the winners, Ashington await, after they disposed of out of sorts Consett in their own semi final.