Newcastle Benfield vs Whickham: Match Report



Whickham were the visitors to Sam Smith’s Park with ex Benfield icon Steve [BOWSER] Bowey in charge of the opposition. The first fifteen minutes passed without any major concern to either team but it was the visitors who brought a save out of the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger. It came when Whickham got a free kick on the edge of the Benfield penalty area, up stepped Kyle Downey to hit a left foot effort that was easily saved by the Benfield keeper.

The first goal of the game arrived in the eighteenth minute going to the home team, Paul Brayson gained possession of the ball out on the right wing before crossing to find Sam Walton who laid the ball off into the path of Connor Walker who had the simplest of chances to side foot the ball in to the net, making the score 1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

Five minutes later and the Benfield goal scorer Connor Walker was given a stern lecture by the referee Martin Conroy with the Benfield captain Mark Turnbull having to be brought in to listen to what the referee had told his team mate, who had committed three quick fouls.

Despite being a goal down Whickham were still moving the ball forward and in the thirty-third minute it took a well-timed tackle by Jake Turnbull to block an effort from Kyle Downey with the ball going for a Whickham corner which on this occasion came to nothing.

Thirty-four minutes of the match had passed when Benfield can count themselves unfortunate not to get a second goal after a brilliant cross from Paul Brayson was met by Ritchie Slaughter who hit his volley onto the Whickham cross bar with the ball rebounding to Connor Walker who saw his well hit shot brilliantly saved by the Whickham goalkeeper James Anderson.

Benfield at this stage were starting to take control of the game possession wise without causing any real concern or looking like scoring and the halftime whistle came with Benfield leading 1-0.

The second half started and for the first five minutes it was Whickham who were dominating possession without any real threat on the Benfield goal. They looked as if they had gone two goals down in the fifth minute of the second half when Paul Brayson drove the ball home only to be ruled offside, with a debatable flag going up after the ball went into the net.

As in the first half it was Whickham who had most of the possession in the early stages and this caused Benfield to bring on substitute Brad Varga to try and get some stability in the defence.

The game was into sixty-third minute when the second goal of the game arrived and it was a second for the home team, a cross from Ritchie Slaughter found the head of Mark Turnbull who headed the ball across goal to find ace predator Paul Brayson who slotted the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box making the score 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

This was Newcastle Benfield’s second goal and they almost got a third when a terrific three man move involving Connor Walker, he went on a driving run before passing the ball to Aiden Haley, who then moved the ball onto Sam Walton, with his shot being brilliantly being blocked by Whickham’s Thomas Howard.

Within another minute a brilliant a 50yard throw out by Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger found Paul Brayson who drove forward towards goal and should have put the game out of reach of the visitors but after checking twice as if to shoot on goal he eventually chipped the ball over the Whickham crossbar.

Seventy-six minutes had passed when Whickham pulled a goal back, a terrific cross by Tomas Howard was strongly headed home by Zak Atkinson making the score 2-1 to Benfield.

Despite being a goal behind and with time running out, Whickham kept coming forward and in the ninetieth minute it took brilliant blocks by Newcastle Benfield’s Kane Evans from two Whickham shots with the second going for a corner.

A minute of added on time came and Andrew Grainger was called into action again saving from Zak Atkinson, therefore leaving the score at 2-1 which was the final score.

Man of the Match … Jake Thompson.

Reporter: Allan Young.

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