Bay gain revenge for FA Cup exit

Whitley Bay FC.
Whitley Bay FC.

Whitley turned on the style to record an emphatic 4-1 victory at Newcastle Benfield and in doing so gained immediate revenge for the FA Cup defeat against the same opponents at Hillheads just seven days earlier.

The opening stages of the game gave little indication of what was to come, with Benfield looking lively and enjoying more of the possession.

Whitley’s pressure paid off in the 28th minute when Tom Potter crossed from the right and Kempster beat the despairing dive of Nimmins with a first time shot from 15 yards.

On 41 minutes Whitley went two ahead. The architect of the second goal was Peter Glen-Ravenhill who raced away down the left wing and played a great ball into the Benfield box. It eluded Scott Jasper but fell perfectly for Tom Potter who slotted it home from six yards to give Whitley the cushion of a two goal half time lead.

Early in the second half Whitley hit the bar, and they went 3-0 ahead in the 65th minute after another attempt struck the bar, this time a header from Jasper, but the rebound was forced into the net by Kempster, bravely attacking the ball in the six yard box.

Now three goals ahead, the game seemed won but the action continued thick and fast, with Flynn making another fine save before Liam Brooks came off the bench for the final quarter of the game.

The young striker was immediately in the action playing the ball to Glen-Ravenhill with the shot then rebounding from the keeper into the path of Thibault Charmey who slotted home from ten yards.

It was virtually one way traffic at this stage and the Benfield defence which was so strong a week earlier looked all at sea.

A fifth goal looked on the cards but then out of nothing Benfield pulled one back and perhaps inevitably it was veteran striker Paul Brayson who showed his class advancing from midfield before unleashing a tremendous 25 yard shot that flew past Flynn into the corner of the net.

Briefly Whitley seemed to lose their concentration, perhaps thinking the game was won and it was thanks to Tom Flynn that Benfield did not further reduce the arrears, theb keeper making fine saves to deny Campbell and substitute Hailes.