Billingham

Town FC

 

Craig Hutchinson (70)

1. Ollie Simpson

2. Lee Moore

3. Mark Dixon

4. Matthew Hughes

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Kris Summers

7. Daniel Flounders

8. Jack Connor

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Jamie Davis

11. Dom Joynes

 

12. Daniel Maddison

14. Brandon Kirkbride

15. Joe Hillerby

16. Arthur Connelly

17. Matthew Robinson

1-1

Northallerton

Town

(34) Richie Walker

(c) Tom Dawson .1

Richard Walker .2

Karl Hewitt .3

James Wilson .4

Neil Pattison .5

Dale Elgie .6

Stephen Cheeseman .7

Chris Emms .8

Nicky Martin .9

Elliot Mcglade.10

Stephen Jackson .11

Chris dickinson .12

Josh keogh .14

Daniel jones .15

Jack proctor .16

Bradley moncur .17

Match Report

 

Billingham came close to losing their unbeaten tag to their old foe but remain undefeated seven games into the season. However the main talking points revolve around the controversial refereeing decisions where Billingham were denied two straightforward looking penalties. The first appeal for handball was turned down even though the defender had two arms raised to his chest and the second for a sliding challenge on Dan Flounders inside the box. Despite decisions going against them, Billingham still managed to find a way back into the game with a Craig Hutchinson header. A defeat would have been incredibly harsh but on reflection, a point was a fair result. A superb crowd of 287 witnessed a tactical battle in which Northallerton edged the first half but the second was played mostly inside Northallertons own half. With The hosts missing Luke Hogan, Elliott Beddow, Reece Kenney and Matty Robinson on the bench, Dan Flounders & Dom Joynes were asked to play in attacking positions while Matty Hughes made his home debut after starting against Washington. Lee Moore returned to the starting eleven as did Mark Dixon and Jamie Davis.

 

The opening twenty five minutes was a classic case of two sides showing each other plenty of respect but the turning point came on the half hour mark. Hutchinson created space for himself outside the box and his goal-bound effort struck Dean Elgie on his hands as the the defender raised his arms towards his rib cage. Elgie was inside the box but incredibly, Michael Andrews indicated that the centre half was protecting his chest! Four minutes later and Northallerton broke the deadlock with a fine move through the middle. Elliott McGlade, who was a real handful in the first half found Chris Emms and the ex Town & Synner released Richie WALKER who beat the onrushing Oliver Simpson. Billingham reacted straightaway with Davis firing over inside the box after Kris Summers shot was blocked and before half time, Dom Joynes saw his strike deflected wide for a corner.

 

HT BILLINGHAM TOWN 0 NORTHALLERTON TOWN 1

 

Undoubtedly, Billingham had played nowhere nearly to their potential in the first half but they raised their game for the majority of the second period. The home supporters must of thought it wasn’t going to be their night when Andrews waved away another penalty appeal on fifty minutes. Davis had powered his way into the box and found Flounders lurking on the right hand side. As Flounders tried to cut inside, the makeshift winger got taken out by Karl Hewitt with an uncontrolled challenge. Undeterred, Hutchinson later struck the outside of the post with a free kick from twenty five yards while Dixon followed that by finding the goal stanchion from the same distance. Stephen Oakley had a free header saved by Tom Dawson but the equaliser finally came with twenty minutes left on the clock. Brandon Kirkbride was introduced to the fray as a right back, allowing Moore the opportunity to push forward and it was his perseverance and precise cross that allowed HUTCHINSON to head home at the back post. For the first time in the game, Northallerton looked rattled as Billingham searched for a winner. Moore headed over from Flounders cross but as time ebbed away, Northallerton should have scored in added on time. Chris Dickinson won the aerial flick on allowing Steve Cheeseman the chance to volley home but the midfielder somehow fired wide. It was a lucky escape but the way the game unfolded, it was a stroke of luck the hosts deserved.

 

FT BILLINGHAM TOWN 1 NORTHALLERTON TOWN 1

 

 

 

Next Game

 

Friday 16th November

HOME

Vs

Redcar Athletic

KO. 7.30pm

Ebac Northern League