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Newcastle Benfield vs Redcar Athletic



Newcastle Benfield 0-2 Redcar Athletic


Steelmen: Kevin Burgess (18’), Adam Boyes (90+2’)

Captain Kevin Burgess made the scoresheet once again, as Redcar Athletic surpassed 50 points with a slender win over Newcastle Benfield.

The central defender applied the simplest of finishes to see the Steelmen in ahead at the break, Adam Boyes on target in the dying embers to cap off a far from pretty three points.

Befit with a similar squad to that which lost to Birtley Town on Tuesday night, Carl Jarrett opted for just a pair of changes, restoring Adam Boyes and Brad Mills to the eleven.

A typical end-of-season contest, low intensity and a difficult playing surface made for poor viewing.

Anthony Bell was the first to get a shot away, cannoning over the bar from the safety of midfield, Aiden Haley soon mirroring the wayward effort at the opposite end of play.

Connor Walker tested Callum Roberts in the aftermath, his effort far from troubling for the shot-stopper.

Minutes after Joe Ferguson dragged wide, a deep cross from Jack Blackford found its way beyond Andrew Grainger and to the feet of Kevin Burgess, unmarked in the middle of the box.

One simple touch from the central defender later, and the Steelmen had control of the game.

Intricate play in the corner between Layton Watts and Jack Blackford was steered into the path of Brad Mills by the latter, his improvised back heel inches from sneaking in at the back post.

Jack Blackford let loose an effort of his own in an attempt to catch Grainger out, watched safely wide at the near post, Curtis Round met with a similar fate at the end of a dizzying run from deep.

A lapse in concentration offered Redcar a bizarre chance on the stroke of the half, Andrew Grainger handling a volleyed back pass, only for Adam Boyes to turn the resulting kick over the bar.

Curtis Round sought to make amends for his first half shortcomings as play resumed, denied at the final hurdle by a sliding Bradley Varga, Grainger on hand too to claim a later header.

Far from out of the picture, Newcastle Benfield stirred with just a narrow deficit to boot. Jay Errington lead the charge, slicing wide after a couple of stabs from the edge of the area.

The forward enjoyed plenty of space as the Steelmen ploughed forward, coming the closest to a response as Callum Roberts capitalised on a fortunate bobble to smother his run at goal.

Perhaps vying for the number nine shirt, Kevin Burgess again found himself at the centre of Redcar’s attacking success.

The captain popped up with an opportunistic strike, tipped away by the outstretched leg of shot-stopper Andrew Grainger.

The seconds fast ticking away, Layton Watts finally unlocked the defence with a splitting long ball, clipped beyond Grainger and into the back of the near by a composed Adam Boyes.

Attendance: 173

Line-Up: Roberts, Mills, Ferguson (Harrison 71’), Bell, Burgess, Guru, Watts, Liddle, Boyes, Round, Blackford (Hopson 84’)

Next Match: Boro Rangers (h) | Tuesday 23rd April 2024


20/04/20243:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


Sam Smith's Park, Benfield Road, NE6 4NU
Sam Smith's Park, (off Chesterwood), Benfield Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear. NE6 4NU, UK
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