Ebac Northern League Division 1
Newcastle Benfield 2-2 Hebburn Town
Knight 56 Orrell 78 Sullivan 31 pen, 90
It was honours even at Sam Smith’s Park as Newcastle Benfield and Hebburn shared the points in the Northern League Division 1 on Saturday.
Luke Sullivan put the Hornets in front from the spot in the first half before being pegged back by second half goals from Dennis Knight and Jake Orrell for the hosts.
Sullivan was on hand again to grab the equaliser at the death.
Hebburn made a good start to the game and they thought they were in front just eight minutes in when Sullivan buried the ball past the keeper following a great ball by Ben Dibb-Fuller, but it was ruled offside.
Chances were few and far between after that until the visitors got a penalty in the 31st minute as Dan Groves was brought down in the box. Sullivan stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom-right corner beating the keeper.
Newcastle Benfield piled on the pressure after that and came close five minutes later when Orrell’s long range effort went just wide.
Benfield came close again in the 39th minute when Scott McCarthy headed just over from a corner.
On the brink of half time, Reece Noble and James Novak had shots blocked for the hosts.
Their pressure continued in the second half, and Benfield grabbed an equaliser in the 56th minute when Knight blasted a shot on the edge of the box with some help from Hebburn keeper Andrew Jennison on the way in.
Three minutes later, Graeme Armstrong headed just over on the end of Lewis Suddick’s cross for the visitors.
Benfield came close again in the 62nd minute when Paul Brayson’s free kick looped just over the bar.
Six minutes later, Brayson had a shot that went just wide after a great ball in from Orrell.
In the 78th minute, the hosts took the lead when Knight’s long range effort was parried by Jennison and Orrell put away the rebound.
12 minutes later, Hebburn equalised when Scott Wallace headed forward and Michael Richardson then played through Sullivan who beat his man and buried the ball past the keeper in the bottom-left corner.
Up next for the Hornets is West Auckland at home in the FA Vase 5th round.
Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Evans, Nisbet (Thompson 45), Novak, Martin, Noble, McCarthy, Pearson, Knight (Holmes 81), Orrell, Brayson.
Subs not used: Shepherd, Turnbull, Slaughter.
Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw, Suddick (Kerr 67), Richardson, Stephenson (Wallace 71), Dibb-Fuller (Chow 79), Sullivan, Armstrong.
Booked: Groves, Richardson, Kerr, Dibb-Fuller.
Subs not used: Malley and Blackburn.