It’s an obvious statement that goals win games and so it proved once again in Newcastle Benfield’s trip down to Yorkshire to play Bridlington Town. Although three goals were conceded it could have been a different match if Benfield had taken their chances. As early as the first minute Benfield had a goal scoring chance, a long pass from Connor Walker found Ryan McGorrigan who saw his well struck effort well save by the Bridlington keeper Adrian Janvoc.
It was Benfield again who should have opened the scoring in the sixth minute, when a through ball put Leighton Watts clear on a one on one with the Bridlington keeper Rasmos Kriisa but he then produced a weak poor effort allowing the keeper an easy chance to save.
Play had moved on to the twenty-first minute, when Benfield again missed a goal scoring chance after a swift move down the Bridlington right by Aiden Haley saw him play the ball to Leighton Watts who shot wide of the goal missing another good scoring chance.
If any side were to score, it looked odds on that it would be Benfield and they again came close in the twenty-fifth minute, a long ball out of defence saw the ball brilliantly controlled by Ryan McGorrigan, who saw his well struck shot just clear the Bridlington crossbar by inches. Nothing much had been seen in an attacking sense from the home team but in the fortieth minute striker Andy Norfolk did well to control a difficult pass before producing a fine cross which just evaded team mate Will Taylor despite a desperate lunge at the ball the ball going for a goal kick.
Despite having most of the goal scoring efforts it was still 0-0 with halftime approaching and again another chance went by for the visitors. Connor Walker in the forty-first minute created another scoring chance when his pass found Ryan McGorrigan who again fluffed his lines with a weak effort easily saved by the Bridlington goalkeeper when he should have scored, leaving the halftime score at 0-0.
Something must have been said in the Bridlington dressing room as they created more in the first minute of the second half than they did in the whole of the first half. It came from Andy Norfolk with a well struck effort towards the near post well save by the Benfield keeper Adrian Janvoc.
It was then turn of the Bridlington keeper to show his quality when a great switch of play found Aiden Haley who had his shot saved by Rasmus Kriisa. A minute later and Connor Walker hit a good low drive, but to his despair although he beat the goalkeeper the ball hit the side netting.
Another chance went by for Benfield in the sixty-first when a long thru ball from Connor Walker found Ryan McGorrigan, who is usually deadly in front of goal but his weak effort was saved by the Bridlington keeper.
This was just the opportunity that Bridlington had hoped for as in the sixty-third minute they showed Benfield how to score a goal, a long cross field ball found substitute Matt Broadley who hit a strong right foot shot past the Benfield keeper making the score 1-0 to Bridlington.
The home supporters didn’t have to wait to long for a second goal which came in the seventy-third minute when a freekick twenty yards out was driven past Benfield keeper Adrian Janvoc by Jack Griffin making the score 2-0 to Brid. It should have been three in the eightieth minute when a great run by Joe Spencer saw his cross find the head of substitute Jack Yates who headed wide from a free header.
Bridlington were not to be outdone by not scoring another goal and it came with five minutes of the game remaining,
A corner out on the right was met but the head of central defender Matty Plummer who saw his effort fly into the Benfield goal to make the score 3-0 to Bridlington, which was the final score.