Billingham

Town

Craig Hutchinson (13)

Craig Hutchinson (15)

Craig Hutchinson (30)

Chris Dickinson (34)

Craig Hutchinson (72)

 

5-0

Brandon

United

 

Tom Orton .1

Michael Searby .2

David Rush .3

Luke Thompson .4

Ben Clarey .5

Ryan Burton .6

Niall Fingleton .7

(C) Kyle Wren .8

Reece Marshall .9

Daniel Quine .10

Anthony Phillipson .11

 

Dane Eltringham .12

Andrew Jones .14

Richard O'Brien .15

.16

.17

1. Tom Dawson

2. Lee Moore

3. Matthew Osmond

4. Jack Connor

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Daniel Rowbotham

7. Chris Dickinson

8. Jamie Davis

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Luke Hogan

11. Gary Redman

 

12. Matthew Crossen

14. Clayton McDonald

15. Elliott Beddow

16. Ashley Lavan

17. Connor dunlavey

Match Report

Fifth five nil win of the season; eighth time they have scored five or more; goal difference of plus forty two; top scorer on thirty eight! This season is all about the numbers and with eight clubs separated by only six points, Town's phenomenal figures could prove crucial come the end of April!! With several results going in Town's favour, notably Billingham Synthonia dropping further points in a 1-1 draw at Hebburn Town meant Billingham Town moved up to fourth in the table and leapfrogging Synners in the process. Where as Tuesday nights victory against Esh Winning was dour at best, Town won this game with the minimum of fuss. Brandon United have improved since Town steamrolled them 6.0 back in August and in skipper Kyle Wren they have a useful player who makes things tick in the middle. Brandon's crest includes a wild boar, known for terrifying the locals in medevil times but it's Billingham Town who have manifested into a footballing beast and are devouring teams at will. And in Craig Hutchinson, Town have a hungry striker who feeds on second division defences with little resistance. Teams do try to stop him, it's just they can't get close enough! If you watch Craig in isolation you will notice that the quiet, diminutive and modest striker is a nightmare for defenders. He drifts all over the place, left, right and not affraid to drop deep incase of a possible counter attack. His speed, work rate and positioning are second to none and the greatest improvement in his game has come via his head! Not the headed goals (although he has scored a load!), but the ability to see other players rather than holding onto the ball. He now has an opportunity to break a club scoring record which would be fitting as the club prepares to celebrate fifty years since it's formation in 1967.

 

Jack Connor and Jamie Davis were paired up in central midfield while Gary Redman played on the right wing for the first time this season. Matty Osmond filled in at left back for the injured Mark Dixon and Luke Hogan replaced Connor Dunlavey on the left wing. Mattie Crossen was rested so Danny Rowbotham switched from right back to centre half as Barry Oliver continues to rotate his squad.

 

Brandon started the game the brighter of the two sides and Thomas Dawson had to be alert to keep out an Anthony Phillipson snap shot on the edge of the box. The resulting corner was only half cleared to Kyle Wren but his strike lacked the power to trouble Dawson. Brandon's early attempts seemed to spur Town into action and the home side went ahead after twelve minutes. Redman played a superb crossfield pass to Hogan on the left and the speedy winger pulled the ball back for HUTCHINSON to tap in. Two minutes later, Town doubled their lead when Ben Clarey carelessly gave the ball away to HUTCHINSON who sauntered through the defence and calmly chipped the ball over Tom Orton in the Brandon goal. Brandon's best chances came from Wren; one effort went straight to Dawson and another shot drifted wide from twenty yards. Town extended their lead on twenty nine minutes via the penalty spot after Hutchinson had his feet taken away from him by Orton despite going away from goal. HUTCHINSON completed his hat-trick by striking his kick into the top corner. Outstanding one touch football contributed to a super team goal for Town's fourth. Davis, Connor, Osmond and Hogan all linked up to leave DICKINSON with a simple opportunity to side foot home.

 

HT Billingham Town 4 Brandon United 0

 

Billingham controlled the second half without getting out of second gear. Connor headed wide from a Dickinson free kick and Redman, who was enjoying his best game of the season so far struck the crossbar from twenty yards. On sixty eight minutes Osmand drilled wide from eighteen yards and four minutes later, Town finally got the fifth and final goal of the game. Redman evaded two defenders to set up HUTCHINSON with an unmarked header that gave Orton no chance of saving. There was still time for Dunlavey to miss an open goal, blazing over the crossbar and for Dickinson to drag his shot wide from inside the box. Overall a routine win and Craig Hutchinson's third successive home hat-trick in as many games.

 

FT Billingham Town 5 Brandon United 0

 

Graham Hutchinson

Press Officer