PONTELAND UNITED 7
LINDISFARNE CP 2
A fine sunny day on Friday helped dry the saturated ground to give this fixture a chance and with players treading down divots before the kick off the pitch was playable.
With McDermott injured there was an opportunity for new signing from Red House Farm Alex Benjamin to bring goals to the team which despite dominating games recently hadn’t converted their chances.
United got off to a flying start on 8 minutes when Benjamin broke down the right wing and crossed into the path of Chris Douglas who headed inside the far post.
Two minutes later the pair combined again when Douglas sent Benjamin powering down the right towards goal and the experienced marksman outpaced the full back and saw his deft chip over the keeper hit the bar and away to safety. Pont were playing some good football on a bobbly surface and threatened every time they went forward.
It was no surprise when on 20 minutes Pont doubled their lead. Zac Bewley played a ball down the left for Cook who drove forward before cutting inside and firing from 22 yards which the keeper could only help palm into the top corner.
Bewley then hit the post himself from 22 yards but on 25 minutes United scored their third. McIvor delivered a free kick onto the head of Spencer who headed it across the goal for Benjamin to fire into the roof of the net for a debut goal from close range.
Five minutes later Benjamin was denied by the woodwork again when he headed Douglas’ neat cross onto the bar with the keeper beaten.
Ten minutes before half time Bewley got himself on the score sheet showing his flair on the ball before chipping into the top corner inside the far post.
The team had played perhaps just the same as in the first half last week but the difference was they finished their chances and had a four goal margin compared to just one. With Douglas and Bewley suffering with illness it gave McIvor the opportunity to change the team earlier than normal.
Early in the second half Havelock-Brown played a neat one two with Cook and was through on goal but just couldn’t quite finish. In fairness to Custom Planet despite the score line they never dropped their heads but with Pont’s defence commanding they didn’t threaten Bowey-Tyler who was having another quiet afternoon in United’s goal.
With 30 minutes remaining McIvor made changes bringing on Bainbridge for Cook and Ethan Bewley for his brother.
With 20 minutes to go Ethan Bewley delivered an excellent cross for Benjamin to head home his second.
Davidson came on for Douglas and was quickly involved slipping the ball through to Bainbridge who twisted and turned in the penalty area before being brought down. Benjamin stepped up to fire the spot kick into the bottom corner for a well deserved hat trick with 15 minutes still remaining.
Five minutes later he bagged his fourth anticipating the bounce and heading the ball over the keeper to cap a terrific debut.
Goals were coming at five minute intervals but the next two surprisingly came from the visitors. Havelock-Brown for once got caught in possession and Ben Miley decided to try his luck from distance and saw his shot fly into the net past a surprised Bowey-Tyler.
At the death substitute Stephen Thompson followed Miley’s example when he produced a similar effort with the same result.
Once again United had provided an entertaining display for the spectators and the addition of Benjamin could make a difference to this team with his all round centre forward play..