Billingham Town FC


Town FC

Craig Hutchinson (25)

Craig Hutchinson (47)

Craig Hutchsinson (63)

Matthew Hughes (85)


Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

(33) Scott Jasper

1. Sam Naylor

2. Kris Summers

3. Brandon Kirkbride

4. Reece Kenney

5. Stephen Oakley

6. Jack Connor

7. Lee Moore

8. Jamie Davis

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Elliott Beddow

11. Dom Joynes

12. Mark Dixon

14. Daniel Flounders

15. Luke Hogan

16. Joe Hillerby

17. Matthew Hughes

Stefan Holden .1

Martin O'Dowd .2

Mason Stephenson .3 Ryan Potts.4

© Ben Miley.5

Jack Moody .6

David Luke .7

Andrew Collin .8

Scott Jasper .9

Tyler Davis .10

Jamie Dunn .11


Callum Turnbull .12

Neil Turner .14

Adam Drummond .15

Lewis Gardner .16

Match Preview

As pre-seasons go, it’s fair to say Billingham’s couldn’t have gone any more smoothly than it has done and the positive vibes coming from within the camp, suggests they intend to carry their good form into the new campaign. On paper, Town’s fixture against Ryton & Crawcrook appears to be a ‘shoe in’ and an opportunity to indicate to the rest of the league their serious intentions. However, Ryton do have history against Town for upsetting the ‘apple cart’ so those painful reminders alone, should remove any ideas of complacency.


In recent seasons, Ryton have endured several heavy defeats against Town but that doesn’t always tell the full story. Despite a 0-8 home drubbing, this time last year and a 4-0 loss in the reverse fixture, they did knock Town out of the EA Memorial Cup and also pulled off a shock 1-0 win here back in March 2017. Results haven’t gone their way during pre-season though and the performance at re-formed Horden was best described as ‘woeful’ by Ryton’s Press. Subsequently, they did fare better against Northern Alliance opposition before rounding things off with a home defeat to Whitley Bay. Manager, Tony Fawcett has used his local knowledge of the Northern Alliance Leagues and built a squad that consists, mainly of youth but he will have been delighted to have retained the services of veteran striker Martyn Hepple who recently turned down a move to Heaton Stannington while stalwart midfielder David Hodges begins his sixth year at the club. Defender, Jamie Dunn has had a productive pre-season, scoring four goals in as many games and Dominic McMahon is another key player, the goalkeeper a former Selby Town man.


The central defender has been one of Ryton’s most experienced players in recent seasons and they will need to call on his strengths if they are to keep Town quiet on the day. Had a spell with West Allotment Celtic in between but returned to Ryton last season.


Ryton 4-1 Whitley Bay ‘A’

Ryton 0-5 Newcastle Benfield

Horden CW 4-2 Ryton

Forest Hall 2-1 Ryton

Cullercoats 0-2 Ryton

Ryton 2-5 Whitley Bay


Potentially, Paul Edwards & Barry Oliver could be handing out five club debuts and three more for returning heroes (Lee Moore, Jamie Davis & Craig Hutchinson). Goalkeeper Samuel Naylor will join Dan Flounders, Dom Joynes, Matthew Hughes, and Joe Hillerby to the squad subject to availability due to holidays. Mark Dixon has also signed on for another season, a late addition to the registrations but his tenacious qualities are well known amongst supporters. Former Marske defender Ryan Grier featured against York City on Tuesday night and we will monitor that situation in the coming days. The only absentee will be Matthew Robinson who is on holiday.


Northern League Division 2

Saturday 4th August, Bedford Terrace, kick off 3.00pm.

£5 Adults, £3 Concessions, Under 16’s free.

Photos Courtesy of Jim Chapman. Full album:

Match Report

With new signings and players returning to the squad Town entertained Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, with the home side being unbeaten in their pre season .

The game started slowly for the home side with Ryton taking the game to their hosts. Reece Kenney had a shot wide after 4 minutes but Ryton had a lot of possession without troubling debutant keeper Sam Naylor. After 18 mins a far post header by Lee Moore was easily saved by Stefan Holden for the visitors, this was followed by another long range effort from Kenney that went wide. On 25 mins a cross from the right by Moore came to Craig Hutchinson whose first shot was saved by Holden but the rebound was forced home 1-0 .

On 31 mins an high ball into the Town box saw keeper  Sam Naylor come to the edge of the area and collide with an Ryton attacker, referee Burt pointed to the spot, before giving a yellow card to Naylor much to the displeasure of the home side.

Naylor did well to save the pentalty but the rebound was followed up by Scott Jasper to make it 1-1. Both sides were struggling to get worthwhile efforts on goal .


The second half exploded into action on 47 mins when Craig Hutchinson turned in the area and calmly knocked the ball into the net off the near post with Holden stranded .

Ryton were tiring but David Luke had a dangerous shot just wide after 57 mins, and Elliott Beddow came close with a good shot. On 63 mins a cross from the dangerous Lee Moore saw Hutchinson on hand to force the ball into the net for his hat trick on return to the club .This signalled the first sub with Luke Hogan on for Joynes on the left . After 70 mins Hutchinson almost got his fourth when another cross bounced on the line with Holden beaten but somehow was forced away by an defender for a corner.

Joe Hillerby came on for the hard working Elliott Beddow after 73 min , and defender Brandon Kirkbride found himself free in the area and struck a shot at the keeper . On 80 mins Hutchinson got through against an ever more pedestrian  defence and brought a save out of Holden . Matthew Hughes came on for Lee Moore and straight  away he got free in midfield  and hit a superb 25 yds shot past Stefan Holden 4-1 .

A comprehensive win after taking time to wear down Ryton  and Crawcrook Albion, a team effort and move on to another tough away game at Jarrow on Wednesday .




Next Game

Saturday 20th April



Heaton Stannington

KO. 3.00pm

Ebac Northern League