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Match Report | Newcastle Benfield (A)

Aiden Haley (Newcastle Benfield) and Alfie Conway (Northallerton Town) battle for the ball
Photo: Kevin Killing

Town made their second consecutive trip up the A19 to Newcastle in the Northern League following dual postponements to the North Riding Cup tie against Whitby and a home league game against Seaham in the last week.

First Half

Town made a bright start to proceedings and looked to pick up where they left off with their battling second-half performance against Whitley Bay.

Barely 4 minutes had been played before Town had a penalty shout turned down as Mason Hardy was blatantly pulled down inside the box but the referee was unmoved. However, Town would go ahead from the subsequent corner.

The initial delivery was dealt with by the hosts and they cleared their lines as far as youngster Ali Banks, who played the ball back to Dale Hopson who took aim from the angle and put the ball into the top corner over the host's goalkeeper.

Town were buoyed by the early goal and would look to grab another and would have a few half chances to do so. Ali Banks and Mason Hardy had the pick of the bunch but were unable to find the killer touch.

After the first 20 minutes or so the hosts started to get a foothold back in the game and would find the equaliser roughly halfway through the first period.

A scramble in the Town penalty area saw the ball fall kindly to Noah Millington who fired home for his debut goal for Benfield.

Unfortunately, the equaliser seemed to be a catalyst for the hosts and they would go on to dominate proceedings from here on out.

Aiden Haley grabbed a second as he fired home from the edge of the area after a half-cleared cross before Jay Errington and Alfie Hyde would both grab goals before the break, capitalising on poor defensive errors.

HT - Newcastle Benfield 4 - 1 Northallerton

Second Half

Any hopes of a fight-back were put to bed within the opening 5 minutes of the second half as Jay Errington grabbed his second of the game.

Andre Bennett, son of former Sunderland man Gary Bennett would then grab a 6th goal for the hosts before the hour mark, as he had far too much time to take aim.

Just after the hour mark Jay Errington grabbed his hat-trick following a mazy run through the defence.

The game died off as a contest long before the 7th goal but with a raft of changes any tempo left in the game had duly died down.

Benfield had been beaten 8-0 in their last game but looked poles apart from a side who had just seen a heavy defeat - Town did try and get another goal back as the game went on with sub, Connor Dunlavey going closest 5 minutes from time.

However, the performance was below par on the whole and Town headed home with a heavy defeat.

FT - Newcastle Benfield 7 - 1 Northallerton

Newcastle Benfield

Grainger, Smith, Gaffney (Cunningham 68'), Fowler (Dawson 67'), Scorgie, McClafferty, Bennett (Russell 68'), Hyde (Brugge 68'), Errington, Haley. Millington

Subs not used: Bryson

Goals: Millington (26'), Haley (28'), Errington (31', 49' 62'), Hyde (38'), Bennett (56')

Northallerton Town

Kelly, McGuckin, Cocks, Hopson (Scott 57'), Luck, Graham, Banks (Drummond 39'), Conway (Chidanyika 45'), Dicicco, Hardy (Dunlavey 63'), Jackson (Spenceley 57')

Goals: Hopson (5')

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