Billingham Social Club - Billingham Town FC
Celebrating 50 Years of Football
NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Town continued their unbeaten start in the league with a resilient performance in a game of few chances. On Saturday, Barry Oliver stated he would be happy winning games 1-0 and he got his wish tonight as Liam Travers notched his fourth goal in as many matches but Town had to work hard for their victory against a robust Bedlington side. There was some good news for Oliver before kick-off when striker Lee Scott's name didn't appear on the team sheet and whether that affected the home side's approach, they did appear to play with a degree of reservation. The Terriers defended deep and in numbers and were happy playing searching long balls but it was a tactic that was music to the ears of Kris Summers who has started his Town career in stupendous form. After an even first half, Billingham upped the gears in the second and Bedlington, sticking to their original game plan, had no answers when they needed to chase the game. Alex Leeds, who was selected in front of Mark Hodgson in goal, saw little or no action, protected by an obdurate back four. Once Town got their noses in front, the result was never in doubt. The opening twenty minutes lacked quality, not helped by numerous fouls and Chris Armstrong's forced substitution but the game did liven up moments later and it was Town who should have taken the lead. Connor Hood and Ashley Lavan worked the opening on the right hand side, leaving Liam Travers with a fairly simple opportunity to score but his weak finish gave Jak Wells the chance to recover his ground. That miss give the Terriers a brief resurgence and Ian Herron saw his header glance wide while Callum Hope couldn't get a full purchase on his shot after excellent work on the right by Sam Norris. At the other ended Connor Dunlavey flashed wide from all of twenty yards as the game petered out into a stalemate.
HT Bedlington Terriers 0 Billingham Town 0
Town had coped admirably with the physical nature of the first half but they wasted no time in asserting their authority on the game, playing at a high tempo and they took the lead on fifty five minutes. Dunlavey cut inside from the left, only to see his strike bounce off the far post but TRAVERS was on hand to head home the rebound from six yards. Billingham were now in full control, looking for a killer second goal; Clayton Macdonald's twenty five yard effort drifted away from goal and Dunlavey saw his low shot saved by Wells. With a quarter of an hour to go, Town continued to press without creating too many clear openings. Wells fumbled a rising shot from Hood and Travers 30 yard pile driver was only inches away from the top corner. Connor Andrews created the only real chance for Bedlington but Leeds wasn't unduly tested. With three minutes to go, Brandon Kirkbride raced away from his marker, only to see his strike fly over the crossbar.
FT Bedlington Terriers 0 Billingham Town 1