MATCH REPORT: Colliers get their own back at Benfield

Northern Football Alliance round-up.
Northern Football Alliance round-up.

Newcastle Benfield Reserves 1 Shilbottle CW 4

Northern Football Alliance, Bay Plastics Division Two

Shilbottle avenged their sole league defeat to date with this comfortable victory at the Benfield Sports Ground on Saturday.

With Benfield making many team changes since the initial meeting, the Colliers proved much too strong, particularly in the second half.

Shilbottle were first to press and Liam Brooks had a good effort tipped around the post before putting a header over the bar.

The Colliers eventually took the lead after 35 minutes when good work by Brooks set up Josh Hay for a simple tap-in (0-1).

Brooks then hit the post with a fine header just before the interval as the Colliers led by the only goal at the break.

The visitors increased their advantage after 65 minutes when Brooks headed home at the back post following a good cross from Hay (0-2).

Shilbottle were then in control as the Benfield keeper made a fine save from Kevin Elliott before Hay headed a good chance over the bar.

A third goal followed on 80 minutes when a neat one-two between Hay and Brad McClelland saw Hay shoot home for his second (0-3) and he completed his hat-trick on 85 minutes when he headed home a cross from Matty Graham (0-4).

Benfield gained some consolation in the last minute with what appeared to be a sympathy vote from the referee, who allowed Phil Watson to run through on goal despite looking well offside to deny the Shilbottle defence a clean sheet (1-4).

Shilbottle: A Patterson, J Giles, C Graham, B Balmbra, R Stewart, R Young, K Elliott, R Gair, M Graham, J Hay, L Brooks, B McClelland, R Douglas, L Hume. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Josh Hay.

Shilbottle reduced the gap at the top of the table to four points with three games in hand.

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