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Workington
Newcastle Benfield
S Allison (4'), M Brown (10'), S Joel (49'), S Mossop (91'), R Evans (89' OG)
Full time
D Pearson (59', 93'), J Robson (63')
Tue 11 Sep 19:45 - The Emirates FA Cup 18-19 Attendance 372

Eight goal thriller at Borough Park

Reds and Benfield served up an eight goal cracker in this FA Cup First Round Qualifying replay ...

... but there were still a number of supporters accentuating the negatives when they trudged out of the ground.

Despite a first goal of the season from Scott Allison, excellent contributions from the trio of Max Brown, Lewis Tidy and Kieran Maguire (all playing their first match in the Cup at Borough Park), a handful of top-class saves from Aaran Taylor, some bright adventurous attacking football and a goal fit to grace the final at Wembley itself, you could have been forgiven for thinking that we had just been dumped out of the competition.

Yes, there are failings and we are far from the finish product but the team is evolving and there is a too much unwarranted criticism flying around at the moment.

We know there will be plenty of highs and lows in a season of rebuilding but let’s show some patience as the lads start to find their feet at this level.

Asked if he thought the game was a thriller, manager David Hewson responded, “For the neutral but probably not for either manager – that’s the FA Cup for you isn’t it, so up and down. I think first and foremost we have to be pleased that we are in the next round having obtained that all important victory tonight, however that came about.”

“A team of our experience and quality should be managing games a lot better in key areas but hats off to Benfield for giving it such a go,” he added.

We were only four minutes in when the goal rush started and although Allison maintained his good record in the competition by driving home the opener, the credit must go to Brown for his part in the build-up. He battled to regain possession and provided the perfect assist for Allison to drive past Matthew Bancroft.

The goalkeeper had little chance to keep out the first goal and was merely a spectator when beaten by Brown’s stunner six minutes later. A great first touch and swivel volley will, no doubt, be a Borough Park goal-of-season contender and a timely morale booster for the modest Brown.

It was then Benfield’s turn to display their attacking prowess but they couldn’t find a way past the outstanding Taylor.

First he stretched to catch Dennis Knight’s attempted lob then made a brilliant save to keep out a deflected free kick from the same player.

Dale Pearson was the next to be thwarted by Taylor and, like Knight earlier, couldn’t get the ball over the keeper’s outstretched finger tips when he got goal side of Reds’ rearguard.

Four minutes after the restart, Reds grabbed their third with an improvised cheeky back-heal from Sam Joel, a close range finish from a corner.

But instead of extinguishing the Benfield challenge, it re-ignited their enthusiasm. They deservedly reduced the arrears when Pearson finished in style after fifty eight minutes.

And they were back in contention on the hour mark when Joe Robson powered home a header via Pearson’s corner, with Reds’ poor marking a concern.

Had it not been for Taylor, the Northern League outfit might have levelled matters and, perhaps, gone in front. He made fine saves in quick succession to deny first the prolific Paul Brayson and Josh Scott.

Luck was against the Geordies in the eighty-eighth minute when, in attempting to clear Conor Tinnion’s teasing corner, defender Rhys Evans’ diving header flew into his own net. A similar incident at the other end resulted in Dan Wordsworth’s way-ward header going for a corner.

There was a special moment for Workington substitute, Sheldon Mossop, who grabbed his maiden Borough Park goal, and his first in the FA Cup, after eighty-nine minutes. Allison did ever so well to retain possession before rolling the ball into Mossop’s path and a crisp left foot strike managed to find a way past Bancroft and into the Derwent End net.

But Knight, an impressive performer over the two games, was credited with the visitors’ third goal, the eighth of what Hewson described as a ‘crazy game’.

His low shot went through a forest of legs and appeared to be swept into the net by Pearson.

Reds have never previously won by a 5-3 margin in nearly 300 FA Cup ties.

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Tidy, Mellen, Brown (Mossop, 87), Maguire (Dryden, 78), Allison, Joel (Hubbold, 65), Tinnion. Substitutes – Cowperthwaite, Miller, Harker, Casson (not used).

Newcastle Benfield Bancroft, Evans, Martin, Slaughter, Turnbull, Grieve, Orrell (Brayson, 68), Robson (Heaney, 82), Knight, Hailes (Scott, 51), Pearson. Substitutes – Laidler, Armstrong (not used).

Referee Chris Porter, Preston

Attendance 372

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

4:00
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington
10:00
Goal Max Brown scores for Workington
49:00
Goal Samuel Joel scores for Workington
59:00
Goal Dale Pearson scores for Newcastle Benfield
63:00
Goal Joe Robson scores for Newcastle Benfield
89:00
Own Goal Rhys Evans scores an own goal
90:00 +1:00
Goal Sheldon Mossop scores for Workington
90:00 +3:00
Goal Dale Pearson scores for Newcastle Benfield

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Goal 5 - 3
Dale Pearson scores for Newcastle Benfield
90:00 +3:00 Assist
Dennis Knight makes an assist for Newcastle Benfield
90:00 +1:00 Assist
Scott Allison makes an assist for Workington
90:00 +1:00 Goal 5 - 2
Sheldon Mossop scores for Workington
89:00 Own Goal 4 - 2
Rhys Evans scores an own goal
87:00 Sub Off
Max Brown is substituted off for Workington
87:00 Sub On
Sheldon Mossop is substituted on for Workington
80:00 Sub On
Nathan Dryden is substituted on for Workington
80:00 Sub Off
Kieran Maguire is substituted off for Workington
70:00 Sub Off
Jake Orrell is substituted off for Newcastle Benfield
70:00 Sub On
Paul Branson is substituted on for Newcastle Benfield
67:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
67:00 Sub On
Brad Hubbold is substituted on for Workington
65:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Mellen is yellow carded for Workington
63:00 Assist
Dale Pearson makes an assist for Newcastle Benfield
63:00 Goal 3 - 2
Joe Robson scores for Newcastle Benfield
59:00 Goal 3 - 1
Dale Pearson scores for Newcastle Benfield
52:00 Sub On
Josh Scott is substituted on for Newcastle Benfield
52:00 Sub Off
Joe Hailes is substituted off for Newcastle Benfield
49:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
49:00 Goal 3 - 0
Samuel Joel scores for Workington
End of period 1
10:00 Assist
Kieran Maguire makes an assist for Workington
10:00 Goal 2 - 0
Max Brown scores for Workington
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Scott Allison scores for Workington
4:00 Assist
Max Brown makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Newcastle Benfield
  • 0
  • Scott Allison Goal 4:00'
  • Max Brown Assist 4:00'
  • Max Brown Goal 10:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Assist 10:00'
  • Samuel Joel Goal 49:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 49:00'
  • Joe Hailes Sub Off 52:00'
  • Josh Scott Sub On 52:00'
  • Dale Pearson Goal 59:00'
  • Joe Robson Goal 63:00'
  • Dale Pearson Assist 63:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 67:00'
  • Brad Hubbold Sub On 67:00'
  • Paul Branson Sub On 70:00'
  • Jake Orrell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub Off 80:00'
  • Nathan Dryden Sub On 80:00'
  • Max Brown Sub Off 87:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Sub On 87:00'
  • Rhys Evans Own Goal 89:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Scott Allison Assist 90:00 +1:00'
  • Dennis Knight Assist 90:00 +3:00'
  • Dale Pearson Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Workington
Newcastle Benfield
  • 1. Matthew Bancroft
  • 2. Rhys Evans
  • 3. James Martin
  • 4. Richard Slaughter
  • 5. Mark Turnbull
  • 6. Matthew Grieve
  • 7. Jake Orrell
  • 8. Joe Robson
  • 9. Dennis Knight
  • 10. Joe Hailes
  • 11. Dale Pearson
  • 12. Josh Scott
  • 13. Cameron Armstrong
  • 14. Paul Branson
  • 15. Jordan Laidler
  • 16. McKenzie Heaney

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