Newcastle Benfield 6-0 Guisborough Town

Newcastle Benfield 6-0 Guisborough Town



Date Time Competition Season Attendance
17/10/2020 15:00 Northern League Division 1 2020/21 132

Guisborough Town F.C. Logo KO 45 65 70 87 FT


It was definitely an afternoon to forget as Newcastle Benfield beat Guisborough Town 6-0 at Sam Smith’s Park.

Ironically enough, Guisborough started better, and the first chance of the game fell to Nathan Guru, whose header went just wide of the Benfield goal. And just two minutes later, Dylan McAvoy’s cross was well held by the Benfield goalkeeper.

On the 13th minute – and it was certainly the unlucky number for Benfield – midfielder Ritchie Slaughter was shown a yellow card and sent to the sin bin for his protestations.

Once again, full-back Dylan McAvoy was at the heart of the action for Guisborough, and his left-footed rocket of a shot from 20 yards fizzed over the Benfield bar.

Eventually, against the run of play, Benfield got their chance, and it was ex-Newcastle United forward and Ebac Northern League Division One top-scorer Paul Brayson who put Benfield ahead in the 26th minute, albeit via a deflection from Guisborough skipper Josh Rowbotham.

Just three minutes later, Aaron Steavens did well to parry a Benfield header, but once again, Paul Brayson was there to tap in the rebound, and send Benfield 2-0 up.

37 minutes into the game and there were strong penalty shouts from the Guisborough players and bench as Sonni Coleman went down in the Benfield box, but the referee waved play on. Matthew Garbutt’s well-struck outside-of-the-boot shot went narrowly over the Benfield bar a minute later.

On the 40th minute, Brayson was rewarded with his hattrick, which was once again against the run of play, but it was enough to send the Lions into the break with a three-goal advantage.

In the second half, Guisborough were a different team, and not for all the right reasons. A half-time substitution saw JJ Bartliff come on for Fred Woodhouse, and 5 minutes into the second half a clever ball from Bartliff released Coleman in front of goal, but the Benfield keeper was equal to his effort.

Shortly after the hour mark, and Benfield found space in the Guisborough box, and Ritchie Slaughter was rewarded with a goal, sending the Lions 4-0 up.

Guisborough introduced Harry Thompson from the bench in place of Matthew Garbutt, and three minutes later, Thompson’s effort from outside the box flew over the Benfield goal. Two minutes later, Jimmy Ward came on for Charlie Marshall, as Guisborough opted for some more options further up the pitch.

Substitute Matthew Parker was arguably lucky to stay on the pitch for Benfield as he wiped out Dylan McAvoy on the half-way line, but was only shown a yellow card.

Paul Brayson’s fourth goal was another clinical finish and sent Benfield 5-0 up. Five minutes later and Brayson once again found the net from an awkward angle and sealed the deal for the hosts at 6-0.

The Lions could have made it seven, but for a Josh Rowbotham goal-line clearance a minute into added time. The referee blew for full time two minutes later, and ended a miserable afternoon on Tyneside for Guisborough, extending their run of games without a win in the league to five.

Manager’s Thoughts

Guisborough manager Gary Forster was unsurprisingly frustrated with his team’s performance: “On the ball we were outstanding in the first half, and it felt strange going into the break 3-0 down. I’d like to say we went gung-ho in the second half, but we didn’t do nearly enough: not enough shots, crosses or chances, and we didn’t play with any purpose attacking-wise.

The positives – if you can find them – were that in the first half we were superb on the ball. I thought Andrew Wilson was excellent, and there were actually some very good individual performaces even though we got beaten 6-0. What is frustrating, though, is that we got done on the counter a few times. Over the last three years, it’s something we’ve worked on a lot, so to get undone like that in the manner we did today was embarrassing to be honest.”

What’s next?

Guisborough are back in league action where we face Whitley Bay at the KGV on Saturday 24th October, with kick off at 3:00pm

Author: Chester Ollivier


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