Shildon AFC league title challenge takes a knock.

Shildon AFC league title challenge took a knock on Wednesday 11th February 2015 when they were beaten 2 – 0 at Newcastle Benfield.

With both teams playing open football there were chances at both ends with Shildon’s keeper Kyle Hayes making good saves from Michael Riley and Paul Brayson, with Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger stopping a Bobby Moore drive.

On 36 minutes Bobby Moore hit the bar from a corner before a soft penalty was awarded against Darren Richardson. Grayson’s penalty kick was brilliantly turned onto the post by Shildon keeper Kyle Hayes. A minute later however, he had no chance when captain Grayson was clean through and he lifted the ball over him for 1 – 0 to the home side.

Half Time:  Newcastle Benfield   1  Shildon AFC  0

Shildon were more effective in the 2nd half with Mark Hudson firing  just over the bar , and keeper making two good stops from Ben Wood.

Benfield were awarded a hotly disputed second penalty for a foul by Mark Hudson on 71 minutes, but this time Brayson managed to beat Hayes from the spot.

Both side continued to create chances but the score remained the same, with Benfield slightly edging the game on the night and deserved to win.

Final Score:   Newcastle Benfield  2  Shildon AFC  0

Subs:  Emms for Doninger 66,  Connor for Rae  77

Bookings:  (Y)  Wood 38, Hodgson 90.

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “In the first half I thought we were flat but we picked up in the second half and until the second penalty came along we looked like we could have scored and got something out of the game

Team

1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) Darren Richardson
4) Mark Hudson
5) Liam Atkin
6) Daniel Moore
7) Mark Doninger
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Michael Rae
10) Ben Wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith

Subs

12) Paul connor on for Rae
14) Lee Chapman
15) Jack Taylor
16) Chris Emms on for Doninger
17) Darren Craddock on for Atkin

Bookings

Wood
Hodgson

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