No pot of gold at end of Ben­field’s rain­bow

Sunday Sun - - Football - BY MARK CARRUTHERS

New­cas­tle Ben­field vs Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers FA cup game A RAIN­BOW pro­vided a colour­ful back­drop to New­cas­tle Ben­field’s FA Cup Third Qual­i­fy­ing Round tie against Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers.

But any dreams of se­cur­ing the pot of gold that is a First Round place were ended as the Na­tional League North side came away from Sam Smith’s Park with a nar­row vic­tory.

Ben­field were busy, they were brave and bold, but ul­ti­mately they were beaten by one real mo­ment of qual­ity.

There were 68 min­utes on the clock when Har­ri­ers sub­sti­tute An­dre Wright danced past three Ben­field de­fend­ers.

The winger com­posed him­self be­fore pro­vid­ing an inch-per­fect cross for Eng­land ‘C’ striker Joe Iron­side to tap into the net from closerange.

That was enough to see off the North­ern League side, who had more than matched their il­lus­tri­ous op­po­nents for large parts of the game.

The vis­i­tors dom­i­nated the early stages and should have taken the lead within three min­utes but cap­tain Ryan Croas­dale could only flick a cross wide of An­drew Grainger’s far post.

Ben­field took their time to get go­ing, show­ing their op­po­nents too much re­spect in the first quar­ter of an hour.

But some dogged tack­ling from Joe Hailes seemed to shake the hosts into life.

The winger com­bined with Steve Bowey to cre­ate a chance for Paul Brayson that was blocked by two Har­ri­ers de­fend­ers.

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