Billingham

Town FC

Matthew Robinson (12)

 

Kris Summers (54)

1. Jack Patton

2. Brandon Kirkbride

3. Lee Moore

4. Joe Hillerby

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Kris Summers

7. Daniel Flounders

8. Jack Connor

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Jamie Davis

11. Matthew Robinson

 

12. Kyle Morris

14. Matthew Hughes

15. Luke Hogan

16. Arthur Connelly

17. Elliott Beddow

2-1

West Allotment

Celtic

 

(20) Michael Baxter

Finlay Hodgson .1

Michael Scott .2

Tony Lucas .3

Gilberto Chapim .4

(C) Jack errington .5

Michael Leech .6

Michael Baxter .7

Luke Parkinson .8

Matthew Hayton .9

Bruno Mendes-Correia .10

Regan Paterson .11

 

Rhys Groves .12

Nicky Whitelaw .14

Jason Bates .15

.16

Sean Korsbo .17

Match Preview

 

Matchday eight and Town welcome West Allotment Celtic to Bedford Terrace for what could be Billingham’s toughest test of the season so far. Northallerton were stubborn opposition in our last League game but West will go with a more attacking line up. The fixture has the potential to be a goal fest but Town go into the game unbeaten in fourteen matches including pre-season friendlies.

 

FOCUS ON CELTIC:

West have proven to be a surprise package of the new season, the highlight being a superb 3-0 defeat of North East Counties Premier side Yorkshire Amateur in the FA Vase. They followed that with a valiant effort at Bishop Auckland where the two blues required extra time to see off West. Their main strengths are in attack where between them, Michael Baxter and Matty Hayton have scored 14 goals. Recent signing Regan Patterson has also settled into the side after his move from Whitley Bay and midfielder Dean Walker is also another goal threat. Gilberto Chapim provides plenty of experience in midfield and at the back, Jack Errington is a former Burnley championship league title winner!

 

ONE TO WATCH: MICHAEL BAXTER

Celtic’s top scorer with nine goals to his name already. First season at the club after signing from Northern Alliance side Delaval FC where he scored over 50 goals for them in all competitions during their last campaign. Part of a three thronged attack alongside Matty Hayton and Regan Paterson.

 

RECENT RESULTS:

Bishop Auckland 3-1 West Allotment (Walker) FA Vase

West Allotment 0-2 Chester Le Street

Ryton 0-3 West Allotment (Baxter 2, Hayton)

West Allotment 3-0 Yorkshire Amateur (Baxter 2, Hayton) FA Vase

Northallerton 3-0 West Allotment

West Allotment 3-1 Washington (Baxter 2, Walker)

West Allotment 2-2 Esh Winning (Baxter 2, Hayton)

Bedlington 3-1 West Allotment (Hayton)

 

Last Season: Billingham Town 3-0 West Allotment Celtic

 

TALKING TOWN:

Although back from his holidays, Reece Kenney will be out of action for two weeks with an ankle injury. Elliott Beddow edges closer to a full return after being introduced late on against Birtley while Luke Hogan and Lee Moore will be added to the squad. Kyle Morris got off to a dream start last week with a debut goal but faces stiff competition for a place in midfield. Goalkeeper Oliver Simpson is away with family so Jack Patton will be handed a start. Attacking full-back Dom Joynes has decided to sign for Billingham Synthonia.

 

Match Report

 

Town’s long unbeaten run continues after a hard fought victory against an effervescent Celtic side. The Tynesider’s played some impressive football during the first half but once Town got to grips with their attacking system in the second period, there was only ever going to be one winner. Today’s victory was yet another indicator of Billingham Town’s resilience and tactical know how. This fixture had the potential to be a classic and although the game didn’t reach such lofty heights, Town made sure they did enough to get the points and put pressure on the sides above them in the table. This season, Town’s counter attacking style has produced week in week out but today the standout players were in central defence. Stephen Oakley and Kris Summers were superb, particularly Summers who took a gash to the head in the early exchanges - scored the winning goal and then put in a heroic last ditch tackle in injury time to deny West Allotment an equaliser. Such moments can define a season - another battle won - another crucial three points!

 

Barry Oliver & Paul Edwards made four changes to the line up that defeated Birtley in the Vase. Mark Dixon was out with an ankle injury which meant Lee Moore returned to the side as a left-back while Joe Hillerby and Jamie Davis were handed starts. Oliver Simpson was away so Jack Patton stood in for the ex Thornaby goalkeeper. Both sides had good opportunities in the opening ten minutes. Michael Baxter fired wide for the visitors and at the other end Dan Flounders rattled the crossbar from inside the box while Craig Hutchinson saw his follow up saved by seventeen year old Finlay Hodgson. Town took the lead on twelve minutes despite being down to ten men as Summers went off for a head wound. Hutchinson played a clever one-two with Flounders leaving the forward time and space on the right hand side to pick out Matty ROBINSON who tucked home from close range. Another flowing move between Davis, Flounders, Hutchinson and Jack Connor ended with Connor firing over from twenty yards. With Town on the front foot, West Allotment equalised on twenty one minutes with an exquisite finish from BAXTER. Matthew Hayton showed good strength to cut in from the right to find Baxter in a central position. The diminutive right winger switched the ball from his left foot to his right and stroked the ball into the bottom corner. The Town supporters took exception to Baxter’s goal celebration but it seemed harmless enough. Baxter, Hayton and Regan Patterson were causing problems with their quickness of thought and pace. Their best chance of taking the lead came via a long ball forward where Hayton won the aerial flick on but Patterson fired wide from a good position.

 

HT BILLINGHAM TOWN 1 WEST ALLOTMENT CELTIC 1

 

Baxter wasted no time in trying to influence the game further with an enticing cross that forced Oakley to clear over his own crossbar. Town are always dangerous at set pieces and they regained the lead six minutes into the second half. From a free-kick, Joe Hillerby flighted the ball to the back post where Oakley towered over his marker to head the ball across goal towards his defensive partner and SUMMERS headed home to score his second goal in successive games. Billingham were now dominating the midfield as chances in Towns third became non existent. Robinson fired over from twenty yards and Hutchinson was only inches away from getting on the end of Robinson’s left wing cross. With time running out, the visitors eventually pushed for a late equaliser. Patterson shot straight at Patton after good work from Baxter and in the dying seconds, Summers acrobatically denied Bruno Mendes Corriera with a timely challenge. Town held on for a viral win with a busy October on the horizon. Meanwhile, Oaks and Summers - continue to blossom in the Autumn sunshine!

 

FT BILLINGHAM TOWN 2 WEST ALLOTMENT CELTIC 1

 

 

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