Billingham

Town FC

Craig Hutchinson (51)

Jamie Davis (62)

2-0

Campion

AFC

 

1. Ollie Simpson

2. Lee Moore

3. Mark Dixon

4. Jack Connor

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Brandon Kirkbride

7. Arthur Connelly

8. Reece Kenney

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Jamie Davis

11. Matthew Robinson

 

12. Joe Hillerby

14. Kris Summers

15. Daniel Flounders

16. Daniel Maddison

17. Dom Joynes

Declan Lambton .1

Scott Eastwood .2

Talent Ndlovu .3

Aiden Day .4

© Graham Hall .5

Benjamin Kendall .6

Leon Hurles-Brook .7

Chris Ovington .8

Ben Bodle .9

Omar Habeeb .10

Alex cussack .11

Jahro Parchment .12

Tariq Hassan .14

Lee Bradshaw .15

Laurence Sorhaindo .16

Jason Davis .17

Match Preview

 

Billingham Town welcome North East Counties Division One side AFC Campion from Bradford for what should be an entertaining cup encounter. Both clubs have began their respective league campaigns in impressive fashion but as we all know, League form and new opposition makes that fact inconsequential. The winners of the tie will then host Birtley Town in two weeks time whom received a first qualifying round bye. Campion come into the game after a two week break having not played since their defeat to Selby Town.

 

FOCUS ON AFC CAMPION:

The North Bradford based club have been a member of the North East Counties League for three seasons having gained promotion in 2015. Now a step 6 club, the same as Town, Campion finished 8th and 9th in their first two season but even at this early stage, they appear to be promotion hopefuls. We know Campion like to play attacking football at every opportunity which should complement Town’s style of play whether its dominating possession or playing on the counter attack. Names to look out for are the wonderfully named Omar Habeeb Torres, who began pre season in superb scoring form (scored a hat-trick against Knaresbrough but the match was abandoned!). Others to have gotten on the score sheet include defender Benjamin Kendall, midfielders Lee Bradshaw, Alex Cusack and Jay Davis.

 

ONE TO WATCH: TALENT NDLOVU

Quite a story to this ‘talented’ Zimbabwe born midfielder. Emigrated with his family and settled in Barnsley where the club spotted his abilities when he was only a 12 year old. The club must have had high hopes for him because they released a media article to the local newspaper where they were hoping for him to breakthrough into the first team. Alas, he moved on and played for Guiseley, Silsden and Thackley amongst other clubs. The creative spark when Campion are in possession.

 

RECENT RESULTS: (All North East Counties League)

Selby Town 2-0 Campion

Emley 2-3 Campion (Cusack, Hurles-Brook, Britton)

Campion 2-0 Emley (Davis 2)

Worsborough Bridge 3-2 Campion (Cusack, Torres)

Dronfield Town 0-2 Campion (Kendall, Bradshaw)

 

SELECTED PRE-SEASON RESULTS:

Silsden 1-2 Campion (Ndlovu, Brown)

Thackley 0-5 Campion (Ndlovu 2, Cusack, Torres, Ovington)

 

TALKING TOWN:

Barry Oliver & Paul Edwards will decide whether to hand Ollie Simpson a start in goal after signing from Thornaby or to keep Jack Patton in the sticks. Luke Hogan is on holiday and will also miss the Washington game but Lee Moore, Kris Summers and Dan Maddison should all return. Reece Kenney and Arthur Connelly will both be looking to start after scoring goals last week. Unfortunately, Elliott Beddow will be out for a minimum of two weeks with an ankle injury he sustained during the second half at Esh Winning last week. Even at this stage, If Town were to win the tie then he will be rated doubtful for the second qualifying round in two weeks time.

 

OTHER INFO:

If the game is all square after ninety minutes and after extra time, then the tie will go straight to penalties. If Town were to win the tie, then the top of the table league clash against Chester Le Street Town on the 15th September will be postponed.

 

Match Report

 

Billingham Town will face Birtley Town in an all Northern League Division Two tie in the next round, having defeated a dogged Campion side. Despite a strong and vociferous home support, the Town faithful had to be patient but once the first goal went in, and then the second, it was a case of cruise control. Campion came with a game plan to nullify Towns attacking style and although it worked to a point in the first half, they lacked the gears and the know how in finding a tangible response when going behind. In fact, apart from substitute Jay Davis strike which cannoned off the crossbar seventy nine minutes into the game, they couldn’t muster a shot on target. A perfect response from Town’s back four who worked vigorously in midweek to alleviate last week’s defensive flaws. In summary, a workmanlike performance with elements of confidence based football in the second half, and in essence, that’s all that was required. Town will now host Birtley in two weeks time for a place in the first round.

 

The Town management handed debuts to recent signings Oliver Simpson in goal and Arthur Connelly in place of the injured Elliott Beddow. Campion looked sharp in the opening ten minutes, playing some neat possession based football but all the same, reluctant to attack in numbers. Town could have taken the lead after just three minutes but Jamie Davis couldn’t guide his header past Declan Lambton, having got on the end of Craig Hutchinson’s precise cross. Billingham gradually found their feet - coming to terms with Campions defensive approach. Jack Connor dragged his effort wide from twenty yards and then Lambton performed heroics to keep out Reece Kenney with a brave block inside the box. And the best chance of the half came on thirty six minutes when Hutchinson escaped the back line but again, Lambton came out on top with a fine save to keep the Bradford based club on level terms.

 

HT Billingham Town 0 AFC Campion 0

 

The second half performance was more in keeping with the style of football supporters have become accustomed too. Town made the breakthrough on fifty one minutes to settle the nerves when Matthew Robinson slid the ball perfectly for HUTCHINSON and this time the prodigal son delivered with a nonchalant finish. Cue the pandemonium in the stands, drums, and the odd football chant!! Robinson was then unlucky to see his shot rebound off Lambton and then off his near post but the second goal was coming. This time Hutchinson supplied DAVIS and ‘grandad’ made no mistake, rolling the ball past Lambton and into the net. Hutchinson could have added a third when clean through on goal but Lambton managed to palm the ball behind for a corner. Campion had to come out of their comfort zone and made three attacking substitutions in an attempt to find a way back into the tie. They did conjure a five man move in the final third, the result being a twenty yard strike from Davis that rattled the crossbar. That’s the closest Campion came to threatening Towns goal and then Billingham’s game management kicked in to see out time for a comfortable victory. The Wembley dream is off and running!!

 

FT Billingham Town 2 AFC Campion 0

 

 

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Saturday 29th September

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Durham City

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