Ebac NORTHERN LEAGUE 15 April 2022
WEST ALLOTMENT CELTIC v NEWCASTLE BENFIELD
It was derby day on Good Friday morning when Newcastle Benfield met their closest rivals in the shape of West Allotment Celtic. Allotment goalkeeper Finlay Hodgson was soon in action making a save in the first minute from a Benfield freekick taken by Dennis Knight.
The second minute brought two successive corners to Allotment well cleared to safety. The opening goal came as early as the fifth minute, a corner appeared to strike the Benfield crossbar with the ball falling at the feet of Jake Forster who hit the ball into the net for the opening goal making the score 1-0 to West Allotment.
It was then the turn of Benfield to get two successive corners, a good move involving Cameron Gascoigne gained Benfield their first corner which was cleared for a second which was headed out to Ritchie Slaughter who found team mate Dennis Knight with his strong effort going inches wide of the post.
Play then levelled out with Benfield getting a free kick in the eighteenth minute on the edge of the Allotment penalty area taken by Benfield striker Paul Brayson, to his dismay he miskicked his effort making it an easy save for West Allotment goalkeeper Finlay Hodgson.
A further ten minutes passed by without any previous problems for either goalkeeper but West Allotment in the twenty-eighth minute came close when a long ball up the middle-found Ex Benfield player Scott McCarthy but his effort cleared the Benfield woodwork.
Benfield didn’t look like scoring but a good three man move involving Brayson, Knight and Renney but the Allotment goalkeeper Finlay Hodgson was again up to the task making another good save.
The thirty-sixth minute brought a brilliant goal and it went to the visitors Newcastle Benfield, Dennis Knight gained possession of the ball just inside the Allotment half he then went on an amazing run dribbling the ball past five West Allotment defenders before advancing past the goalkeeper Finlay Hodgson to slot the ball into an empty net making the scores level at 1-1.
The equalising goal seemed to inspire the visitors and after a good break it took a save by goalkeeper Hodgson to deny Cameron Gascoigne. Halftime was approaching and in the forty-first minute Gazza saw a freekick which was on target saved for a corner.
It was the same person who took the next dead ball which saw Ritchie Slaughter have his volley blocked for another corner to the visitors. Newcastle Benfield should have added two goals to their tally in the forty-fourth and Forty-seventh minutes, firstly a terrific long cross from Dennis Knight to the far post found Paul Brayson who should have score but his effort went wide of the West Allotment post. His next effort also went wide of the goal when a strong cross from Ethan Renney found him in a goalscoring position but his effort just evaded the far post leaving the score at 1-1 which was the halftime score.
As in the first half the first minute of the half also nearly provided another goal, another ex-Benfield player Jack Errington played a strong pass to Scott McCarthy but his effort cleared the Benfield cross bar. West Allotment had a great opportunity to get a second goal in the fifty-fifth when a pass into the Benfield penalty area by saw defender Brad Varga bring down Matty Hayton with the referee Connor Scott pointing straight to the penalty spot.
Up stepped Hayton who was the player who was fouled to drive the ball to the Benfield goalkeepers left with Finley Hodgson bringing off a brilliant save to leave the score at 1-1.
Not much unlike in the first half was coming from Benfield in an attacking sense and West Allotment were starting to boss the game and got a second goal in the seventieth minute, it looked as if Matt Hayton was well offside but no flag went up and he confidently advanced to slot the ball past Benfield’s Andrew Grainger making the 2-1.
The home team came close to getting a third goal when Callum Larmouth took the ball into the Benfield penalty area to release a drive going inches wide of the Benfield goal. Then the eighty-third minute saw Newcastle Benfield almost get an equaliser when good defending in their penalty area saw a counter attack by Benfield with Paul Brayson striking the ball against the West Allotment post and flying away to safety.
With five minutes of normal time left West Allotment should have sealed their victory even further, from a free kick taken by Callum Larmouth the ball was half cleared away again arriving at the feet of Larmouth but despite dribbling past a Benfield defender his shot on goal was of poor quality going wide of the Benfield goal.
The first minute of added on time saw Benfield nearly get an equalising goal, a quality cross from Ritchie Slaughter found the head of Ryan McGorrigan who saw the West Allotment goalkeeper Finley Hodgson up to the task making a fine save leaving the score at 2-1 to West Allotment Celtic which was the fulltime score.
Man of the Match … Cameron Gascoigne
Reporter:- Allan Young.