NEW­CAS­TLE BEN­FIELD 2 1874 NORTH­WICH 0

Sunday Sun - - Non-league Football -

Ac­tion from New­cas­tle Ben­field v 1874 North­wich in the FA Vase side’s ob­vi­ous at­tack­ing threat was trou­bling the Cheshire out.

But both sides were be­ing let down by a lack of qual­ity when it came to pro­vid­ing a killer pass in the fi­nal third.

There was one more chance be­fore half-time, but 1874 mid­fielder Jack Ir­lam’s low drive was palmed around his far post by Ben­field keeper Grainger.

The half-time whis­tle brought an end to 45 min­utes of un­ful­filled prom­ise and ris­ing frus­tra­tions from play­ers on both sides.

The wind seemed to pick up dur­ing the half-time break and that forced both sides to keep the ball on the floor in the early stages of the sec­ond half.

Ben­field were the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries as they fi­nally opened the scor­ing 20 min­utes into the sec­ond half.

A neat move down the left led to James Martin swing­ing a cross in to­wards Brayson and the for­mer New­cas­tle United man some­how man­aged to arch his neck and power a header be­yond vis­i­tors’ keeper James Coates.

The lead was dou­bled min­utes later with a goal from McCarthy.

Ben­field won a cor­ner on the right and Dennis Knight’s vi­cious in­swing­ing caused all sorts of is­sues for the away de­fence.

The big­gest is­sue was that they had left McCarthy un­marked at the far post and the in-form for­ward made no mis­take by head­ing past Coates from in­side the six-yard box.

The vis­i­tors were rocked and strug­gled to find their way back into the game.

Their re­sponse was min­i­mal and only a blocked shot from sub­sti­tute Kazim Waite-Jack­son ever re­ally looked like threat­en­ing Ben­field’s twogoal ad­van­tage.

Ben­field were com­fort­able and saw out the game with min­i­mal fuss.

They de­served their win and although it was a long time com­ing, they can re­flect on a job well done.

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