Updated: Aug 27
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION 1
THORNABY FC v NEWCASTLE BENFIELD
Newcastle Benfield made the trip down to Teeside to play Thornaby, the most in form team in the league, currently unbeaten having scored twenty-three goals and only conceded eight. It just showed how good they were in scoring goals when they took the lead in the first minute, a swift attack down the Benfield left wing saw Luke Hogan put in a dangerous low cross to the near post to find the advancing Elliott Beddow who flicked the ball past the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger into the far corner of the net, making the score 1-0 to Thornaby.
With ten minutes gone and dominating the game, Thornaby came close to getting a second goal with defender Anthony Callaghan bringing the best out of Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger. The home team didn’t have to wait long for their second goal as a minute later after a poor throw from the Benfield goalkeeper put Peter Glen-Ravenhill under enormous pressure from goal scorer Elliott Beddow who disposed him and confidently put the ball past the Benfield keeper, making the score 2-0 to Thornaby.
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get worse for Benfield, it could and it did in the eighteenth minute when Benfield went down to 10 men after Abu Salim was red carded when he slid in late and fouled Luke Hogan.
Not to be deterred, Benfield did come back and in the twenty-second minute came close to getting a goal when a cross from Peter Glen-Ravenhill found the head of Cyril Giraud, who brought a good save from Thornaby keeper Joshua Mazfari.
The game was all but over in the twenty-fifth minute when Thornaby got a third goal, a mistake by the Benfield keeper who tried to control a back pass saw him disposed by Craig Hutchinson who gleefully rolled the ball into an empty net from the edge of the Benfield penalty area making the score 3-0 to Thornaby.
To their credit Benfield kept on trying to come forward and after a good run down the right wing by Sam Walton, who saw his cross into the near post find the head of Benfield striker Paul Brayson, his effort went just clear of the Thornaby crossbar. With halftime approaching, Benfield were awarded a free kick and came close again to scoring when Cyril Giraud hit a low drive at the near post bringing a save from Mazfari leaving the score 3-0 to Thornaby at the halftime whistle.
Thornaby did have an early opportunity, being awarded a free kick, after a foul by Benfield’s Glen-Ravenhill saw Joe Pickett put it over the Benfield crossbar, it was Ravenhill who was in the thick of the action again when his cross into the near post found the head of substitute Archie Leonard, who put his effort just wide.
The game was becoming more even, although Thornaby were looking comfortable on the ball without causing any major problems to the Benfield defence and looked happy with their three goals.
Sixty-seven minutes had passed by when Benfield were awarded a free kick which was taken by Ritchie Slaughter, with his shot clearing the top of the Thornaby crossbar. Benfield did come close in the eighty-fourth minute when a through ball by Ritchie Slaughter into Archie Leonard created a good chance, but the home keeper Joshua Mazfari was up to the task saving well from the Benfield effort.
It wasn’t just Benfield who were attacking and it took a brilliant save by Benfield’s Andrew Grainger to deny Anthony Callaghan from getting a fourth goal in the eighty-sixth minute.
To their credit, despite being three goals down at halftime Benfield kept on trying, going forward and gave as good as they got in the second half without causing any real danger to Thornaby, who ran out comfortable winners 3-0.
Man of the Match … Aiden Haley
Reporter: Allan Young.