Benfield Fly Flag for Northumberland in FA Vase
Just one Northumberland club prevailed in the FA Vase with two teams exiting at the second round stage of the competition.
That winning team was Newcastle Benfield, managed by Tom Wade, who is now five unbeaten since his re-appointment as the Lions triumphed with a 2-0 win over 1874 Northwich this afternoon.
Second half goals from the prolific Paul Brayson and Scott McCarthy were enough to dispatch of their North West Counties opponents at Sam Smiths Park.
The Lions will pocket £900 in FA prize money for their efforts, alongside the other five Northern League clubs left in the competition.
Elsewhere, Bedlington Terriers had a dream start in West Yorkshire against Silsden, scoring in just the 2nd minute through Ronnie Jones, which gave them the advantage at half time.
However, the Cobbydalers asserted their dominance after the break with Joe Gaughan scoring two quickfire goals early on.
Aidan Kirby added a third minutes later for the home side, followed by a Terriers’ red card for Dylan Williamson, which more or less confirmed their exit from the Vase.
Ashington were the third Northumberland club left in the competition and arguably had the toughest tie out of the bunch - being drawn against divisional rivals, Stockton Town.
And last year’s Vase finalists started how they intended to finish with Fred Woodhouse opening the scoring before Mikey Roberts netted a brace before half time.
With an uphill task in the final 45 minutes, Ashington grabbed one back through a Glenn Caygill header but Nathan Mulligan hit back and secured a 4-1 win for his side in County Durham.
After today’s fixtures, Benfield go into the third round draw as the only remaining Northumberland side and will play in the next round of the FA Vase on the weekend of Saturday 1 December 2018.
For full fixtures and results please visit the FA’s website.