Billingham Town FC
Ryan Barrow (48)
(46) Ash Lavan
(71) Daniel Maddison
(89) Ash Lavan
Town are in second division cup action on Thursday night at Welfare Park. The winners of the tie will be at home to Jarrow in the last round of 16 to be played in November. If the tie is all square after ninety minutes, then penalty kicks will be taken to determine the outcome.
FOCUS ON EASINGTON:
The Collierymen were the early pacesetters in the league table but have slipped up of late since hammering Durham City 7-0. Surprising defeats to Billingham Synthonia and Washington were followed by a home draw to bottom club Brandon. Squad wise, joint managers Craig Hughes & Kevin Devine have brought in free agent Ian Bickerstaff after a successful campaign with Hebburn last season. Bickerstaff will be joined in central midfield with Ethan Wood who tends to be the link up player with strikers Liam Adamson and Jack Pounder. Out wide, Michael Cooke isn’t afraid to take on his marker and another winger, Connor Short signed recently from Bishop Auckland. Shaun O’Brien and Christopher Pearson are both strong, reliable central defenders. Two players have signed on from Sunderland RCA - vastly experienced goalkeeper Keith Finch and full-back Jak Ashton.
ONE TO WATCH: LIAM ADAMSON
Easington’s version of Craig Hutchinson. Works incredibly hard, drifting and roaming for the ball. Started the season with a prolific partnership with the powerhouse Jack Pounder but goals have dried up since the 1-1 draw at Tow Law. Both Adamson and Pounder have scored seven league goals this season.
Bedlington 3-1 Easington (M. Cooke)
Easington 1-1 Brandon (Vincent)
Easington 1-2 Washington (Middleton)
Tow Law 1-1 Easington (Pounder)
Billingham Synthonia 2-1 Easington (L. Cooke)
Easington 7-0 Durham (Pounder 5, L. Cooke, Adamson)
Easington 2-1 Jarrow (Pounder, Adamson)
Birtley 1-3 Easington (Wood, Cooke, Adamson)
Although the Ernest Armstrong Cup will be treated with the respect it deserves, Town have a potential tricky league fixture at Tow Law to prepare for. Town are down to the bare bones with a squad of 14 players due to unavailability, injuries and holidays. Elliott Beddow will join Reece Kenney on the sidelines with a broken ankle, an injury that was possibly picked up against Esh Winning. Dan Flounders is away while Matty Robinson faces a three match ban from Saturday. Mark Dixon trained on Tuesday night but may not be risked for this game. The good news though is that Ash Lavan has returned after a brief spell in division one with Guisborough Town. If the paperwork goes through in time, he could make his debut on Thursday night.
Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup First Round
Thursday 4 October, Welfare Park, Memorial Avenue, Easington Colliery, SR8 3PL, kick off 7:30pm, £5 Adults, £2 Concessions, U16s free
Wednesday 24th October
Durham Challenge Cup