Billingham

Town

Daniel Lambert (33)

OG (41)

 

Craig Hutchinson (62)

 

 

1. Thomas Dawson

2. Gary Redman

3. Mark Dixon (C)

4. Daniel Rowbotham

5. Clayton McDonald

6. Ashley Lavin

7. Lee Jones

8 Lewis Green

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Daniel Lambert

11. Luke Hogan

 

12. Chris Dickinson

14. Jamie Davis

15. Elliot Beddow

16. Matthew Hawkins

17. Paul Watson

3-2

Boldon

CA

Alan Greenan .1

Benjamin Cooper .2

Daniel Evans .3

Jonathan Gage (C) .4

Aron Burn .5

Tom West .6

James Pickering .7

Shaun Carroll .8

Brodie Simpson .9

Daniel Nolan.10

Frankie Hucks.11

 

Daniel Symington .12

David Conroy .13

Shaun Graham .14

Domanic Mossa .15

Cameron Foster .16

 

 

(45) Daniel Nolan

 

(54) Daniel Nolan

 

 

Match Report

 

If Saturdays FA Vase tie entertained the supporters then tonight's Durham Challenge Cup game was one of endurance. Town will go through to the first round but they certainly made it hard work for themselves along the way. Cruising at 2.0, Town somehow contrived to make a comfortable situation into an uncomfortable one. Boldon caused sporadic problems but ultimately, it was Town who created their own with some haphazard defending. In Town's defence, they were missing both Barry Oliver and Graham Popple on the sidelines along with players Jack Connor and the suspended Stephen Oakley. Throw in Dan Rowbotham who was carrying a back injury and wholesale changes then it was difficult for the blues to build any rhythm in the game. Boldon were effective in their approach, defending in numbers and looking to catch Town on the counter attack. Overall, Coach Richie Dacombe will be happy with the result and avoiding a penalty shootout lottery.

 

As expected, Gary Redman started at right back and left back, Mark Dixon was given the skippers armband. Lewis Green made his second Town debut in midfield and Matty Hawkins came on in the second half to make his belated debut after joining the club in July.

 

Town dominated in terms of possession but Boldon were organised and had a game plan to break out on the counter attack. The giant Cameron Brodie was pivotal in three such moves. He struck the goal stantion from twenty five yards and then tried his luck from even further, shooting wide but the third opportunity should have seen Boldon take the lead. Brodie played in James Pickering free on goal but decided to take the shot early and curled the ball over the crossbar.

 

Ironically it was Town who took the lead on the counter attack. Luke Hogan released Daniel LAMBERT and the striker finished with aplomb, finding the top corner. On forty one minutes Town went further ahead. Lambert's square ball into the six yard box was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Aaron Burn. A minute later Craig Hutchinson got his first sight on goal but his shot deflected into the side netting.

 

And right on half time Boldon were back in the tie. Pickering evaded the offside trap and he layed the ball across for Daniel Nolan to score.

 

HT Billingham Town 2 Boldon CA 1

 

The second half was a scrappy, disjointed affair not helped by numerous substitutions by both sides and neither side were able to gain any rhythm in their play.

 

Dixon who 99% of the time is somebody who you can rely on played an out of character weak back pass to Dawson and Dolan did well to read the situation to equalise. Further erratic defending followed and Town were lucky to see Pickering hook his shot wide.

 

Billingham regained the lead on sixty two minutes. Jamie Davis who had only been on the pitch for two minutes released Hutchinson on goal but as the forward was about to get the shot away, he had his legs taken from under him by Daniel Symington. HUTCHINSON who has yet to miss from the spot, struck it down the middle.

 

Davis and Hutchinson are the nearest thing to sporting telepathy. Davis rounded Alan Greenan, the Boldon goalkeeper but his run had taken him away from goal. Davis picked out Hutchinson in the middle but somehow lost his footing and blazed wide.

 

With the game petering out and Town seemingly into the first round, Boldon should of equalised to take the game into penalties. Dominic Mossa, who had surprisingly started the game on the bench shrugged off Dan Rowbotham after Shaun Carroll's hopeful long ball but he lofted his shot wide of goal and Town were relieved to see the full time whistle.

 

FT Billingham Town 3 Boldon CA 2