Billingham Town FC
Wayne Gredziak (46)
Harry Spend (50)
Morghan Claydon (55)
Jamie Haydon (67)
(11) Craig Hutchinson
(13) Craig Hutchinson
(15) Craig Hutchinson
(28) Craig Hutchinson
(29) Jamie Davis
(37) Jamie Davis
(43) Craig Huchinson
(78) Joe Hillerby
Matchday nine is the first of six away games coming up at the end of September and throughout October. Town also travel to Tow Law Town and Crook Town in the league and cup competitions are to be played at Easington Colliery, Gateshead and Guisborough Town respectively. Sandwiched in between is an FA Vase home tie against division one highflier’s Dunston UTS and a top of the table derby against Thornaby. It should prove to be an exciting month for supporters.
FOCUS ON DURHAM:
Former manager Oliver Hotchkiss performed miracles in recent seasons but decided to try his luck at Washington and took the majority of Durham’s squad with him. Subsequently, Mikey Weston took over the reigns but after a disastrous start, Weston parted ways with the club. Despite an excellent opening day season win against Willington, Durham have failed to pick up any points since then and no Durham City player has scored since Wayne Gredziaks strike was enough to see off Willington in a 1-0 victory. As a result, the squad is difficult to assess in any great detail. In their recent 7-0 defeat to Easington, Durham should have scored a couple of goals and one player did catch the eye. Winger Logan Powell caused the full back plenty of problems and could be a potential dangerman on the day.
ONE TO WATCH: GLEN DONALDSON
Probably the smallest player in the Northern League but the diminutive midfielder is talented and tidy on the ball. Played for Billingham Synthonia in division one and has since moved on to the now defunct Norton & Stockton Ancients and Darlington Railway Athletic before joining the Citizens during the summer.
Jarrow 3-0 Durham
Durham 0-2 Northallerton
Birtley 2-1 Durham (og)
Durham 0-1 Esh Winning
Durham 0-5 Seaham Red Star (FA Vase)
Durham 0-3 Chester Le Street
Easington 7-0 Durham
Redcar 4-0 Durham
Last season: Durham City 1-1 Billingham Town
Reece Kenney is expected to be out until Christmas with a broken ankle which was sustained during the FA Vase win against AFC Campion. Mark Dixon may not have dislocated his shoulder and could be back in action within ten days. Oliver Simpson returns to the squad after missing the West Allotment Celtic victory but Lee Moore is away on holiday. Not including own goals, Town have had sixteen different goal scorers this season. Craig Hutchinson leads the way with eight goals followed by Jamie Davis on four. On the eve of the West Allotment game, Dominic Joynes signed for Billingham Synthonia.
OTHER NEWS/ADDED FIXTURE DATES:
Tuesday 16 October H Thornaby (NL Division 2)
Tuesday 23 October A Gateshead (Durham Challenge Cup)
Wednesday 31 October A Guisborough Town (League Cup)
Northern League Division Two
Saturday 29 September, Hall Lane, Willington, DL15 0QG, kick off 3:00pm.
£5 Adults, £3 Concessions, Kids free with a paying adult.
It would be easier to decrypt Sanskrit scrolls than to make sense of this game! One of the standout comments on Towns rolling twitter feed stated ‘it was an insane game of football’. Couldn’t put it better myself! Seven nil up at half time you could forgive the players for thinking the game was over. When Joe Hillerby scored the eighth and final goal there was a sense of relief as the Citizens had somehow reduced the deficit to three. No Durham player had scored since the opening day win against Willington and yet they showed sheer determination in the second half to give Town supporters a fright. There was a danger the team performance could have gone from sizzling to fizzling but credit also has to go to Billingham who finished the final fifteen minutes with the same attitude they showed in the first half. In the past, joint manager Barry Oliver had used the terminology ‘lesson learned’ and the squad will no doubt feel that philosophy would also apply after this game. For the neutral, this game had everything. Twelve goals, two penalties, two red cards, and ultimately two teams giving it their all. Grass roots football providing entertainment and adrenaline by the bucket load. The win means that Town are only two points behind Chester Le Street Town and Thornaby in the league table with games in hand on both clubs.
With fixtures coming thick and fast, Oliver and Paul Edwards made further changes to the line up. Stephen Oakley and Jack Connor were both rested but Elliott Beddow returned after a spell on the sidelines. Astonishingly, Town were three goals to the good by the quarter hour mark - all coming from Craig HUTCHINSON in a four minute blitz. The first - rifled home from inside the box, the second a close range finish after a long punt forward and the third from the move of the match. Oliver Simpson released Matty Robinson on the left and the stand in full back ran unopposed before making a perfect slide rule pass for Hutchinson to complete his hat-trick. Pulsating stuff! Hutchinson added a forth from the penalty spot after Harry Spence handled Jamie Davis goal-bound effort. Davis soon got on the scoresheet although Joe Wilson got a and to the midfielders strike and Davis doubled his tally with an exquisite finish into the bottom corner. Just before half time Hutchinson scored his fifth and Towns seventh via unselfish play from Elliott Beddow. And they were just the goals never mind the missed opportunities!
HT DURHAM CITY 0 BILLINGHAM TOWN 7
Unsurprisingly, Durham manager Wayne Gredziak introduced himself from the bench and although he’s getting on in years, the talent is still there! The former Shildon striker pulled one back with a curling free kick, giving Simpson no chance of keeping it out. Spence then redeemed himself with a headed goal from Glen Donaldson’s corner and Morghan Claydon added a third from the spot after Brandon Kirkbride had bundled over the new signing from Crook Town. All of a sudden Town were in disarray and Jamie Hayman added a fourth with an angled finish. Spence then ended an eventful afternoon with a red card along with Robinson for an altercation. On came Luke Hogan and Kyle Morris and the substitutions gave the side a much needed revival. Morris had a shot blocked and the ball fell invitingly for Joe HILLERBY to half volley into the back of the net. Normal service was resumed as Town piled forward. Wilson superbly denied Kirkbride and Hillerby dragged wide before the final whistle went! Another win, another three points, another entertaining day! Ok maybe Sanskrit would be harder to cipher but life is never dull being a Billingham Town fan and reporter!
FT DURHAM CITY 4 BILLINGHAM TOWN 8
Saturday 23rd February
Tow Law Town
Ebac Northern League