Updated: Apr 11
Ebac Northern League Division One
Ryhope Recreation Ground
Saturday 9th April 2022 - 15.00
After their dramatic penalty shootout victory on Wednesday evening, Newcastle Benfield return to league action on Saturday as they head to Wearside in their penultimate away league fixture of the season.
Having looked like exiting the First Division Cup on Wednesday, a dramatic late leveller from Lewis Leech, near perfect penalties from the lads and an Andrew Grainger masterclass in penalty saving, means that Col and the lads now head into this contest in good spirits.
Ryhope come into the contest on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to rapidly improving Penrith in midweek, however, this was a minor blip when you see their position in the first division table (4th) and when you consider the team have a Durham Challenge Cup final to look forward to in a couple of weeks.
The return fixture at Sam Smith’s Park was a game that Lions supporters will not want to be reminded of after our visitors won at a canter in a 5-0 reverse, thanks largely to a James Ellis hat trick. A lot has changed since that defeat and it is hoped a much closer contest is in the offing this weekend.
Wednesday evenings exertions will have left Col and his team pondering changes but with one or two injuries and Dennis Knight serving the final game of his suspension, options could remain limited in certain areas. Having said that, the adrenaline from midweek will leave all of the lads chomping at the bit to play again.
After disposing of Newton Aycliffe, Benfield will now also face Ryhope in the First Division Cup semi final and therefore both management teams will be looking to find any areas where they can potentially exploit ahead of that upcoming contest. Further details will follow regarding the semi final, however, this will take place at Ryhope on Saturday 23rd April.
It is a free midweek next week but the looming Easter Bank Holiday weekend means our next game and final away league fixture is at West Allotment Celtic on Good Friday (12-00 noon).
For those travelling on Saturday to Ryhope, postcode is SR2 0AB. We look forward to seeing you there!