Seaham Red Star 0-4 Newcastle Benfield
J Scott 21
Seaham Red Star suffered a 4-0 defeat last night at home to Newcastle Benfield in the Northern League Division 1, in what was a flattering scoreline to the visitors.
Goals from Joshua Scott, Lewis Scorgie, Jack Devlin and Paul Brayson secured the win for Mark Convery’s side to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.
It was the first time both teams had been in action in 17 days, thanks to postponements. Seaham manager Craig Lynch was looking for his second win as manager following a 2-0 win at Whitley Bay while the visitors were looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2018.
Benfield came out the blocks quite well and came close early on when Jordan Harkess’ attempted clearance bounced off Brayson and went just wide eight minutes in.
Moments later, the visitors had a proper chance when Jake Orrell’s effort was well blocked by Luke Gilhespy.
Convery’s side unsurprisingly took the lead in the 21st minute when J Scott was on the receiving end of a good ball on the left and he buried it in the bottom corner after being in plenty of space.
Seaham’s best chances of the half came just before the interval when Carl Lawson forced a good save to the right from Andrew Grainger and Callum Munro headed just over from close range shortly after.
However, Benfield started the second half well too and doubled their lead four minutes in when Scorgie scored a rebound from close range following an excellent save from Harkess to deny Eliott Forbes.
Thomas Scott came on as a sub for the Star and looked lively when he came on – his 69th minute lob over the keeper from long range went just wide.
Benfield scored their third of the evening when Joe Hailes made a good run on the left and his shot hit Devlin on the way in to beat Harkess to his bottom right.
The winning goal came 13 minutes later when substitutes Devlin and Scott McCarthy linked up well together before veteran forward Brayson but the ball in the back of the net from close range after a pinpoint cross from the left.
T Scott came close again in the 90th minute when Liam McBryde laid the ball off to him and he fired just wide from close range.
The result means Benfield move up to 11th in the Northern League Division 1 table while the Star remain in 14th place.
Following the match, Seaham manager Craig Lynch said: “People will look at that result and think Seaham have just been battered at home but if you were with the game you’ll see that was a different story to be honest.
“They’ve had five shots, one of them was a rebound and they scored four shots while we’ve created 20 good chances.
“We made it easy for them to score four goals and get a four-nil win but I cannot fault us, I thought our team shape was really good, we made it hard for them when we got the ball.
“We’ve maybe been a bit slow first 30 minutes but after that we’ve created numerous chances so it’s a bit of a funny one getting beat four nil, I’ve got mixed feelings.”
The full interview can be found here.
Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Gilhespy, Scorer, Galbraith (T Scott 64), Croft, Johnston, Hetherington, Bird (c) (Hodgson 40), Lawson, McBryde.
Subs not used: Wilkinson and Ramshaw
Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Evans, Scorgie (Pollock 79), Turnbull (c), Hailes, Slaughter, Forbes, Orrell, McEvoy (Devlin 57), J Scott (McCarthy 57), Brayson.
Subs not used: Convery and Nimmins