Crook

Town

 

 

David Vincent (37)

 

 

1-6

Billingham

Town

(15) Craig Hutchinson

(22) Craig Hutchinson

 

(49) Chris Dickinson

(63) Elliott Beddow

(75) Craig Hutchinson

(81) Connor Dunlavey

Tom Dawson .1

Lee Moore .2

Matthew Osmond .3

Jack Connor .4

(C) Stephen Oakley .5

Matthew Crossen .6

Chris Dickinson .7

Clayton McDonald .8

Craig Hutchinson .9

.Gary Redman10

Luke Hogan.11

 

Connor Dunlavey.12

Ashley Lavan.14

Jamie Davis.15

Elliott Beddow.16

John Oliver.17

1. Niall Harrison

2. Decklin Moss

3. Jamie Tunstall

4. Ian Maddison

5. Kieran Megran (C)

6. Dion Raitt

7. Ryan Cummings

8. David Vincent

9. William Preston

10. Damon Reaks

11. Daniel Mann

 

12. Nathan Plews

14. Connor Hughes

15. Thomas Iley

16. Daniel Smith

17. James Warnett

Match Report

For the first time this season, Town jumped into a promotion position, just in time for the festive season! The Scrooge's from Synthonia could still be the party pooper's though with a visit to Crook on Wednesday night. On this evidence, as hard working as Crook were in this game, I can't see the Synners dropping points even on a long, heavy and sodden pitch as this one. So, in all likelihood, unless mother nature intervenes, Synthonia will be ahead on Christmas Day but by 1.00pm on Boxing Day, the natural order could be restored!! The somewhat silly question I presented in Friday's preview was whether Craig Hutchinson could reach the forty goal target by Christmas. Another hat-trick, his fourth in a row and forty first of the season contributed to a heavily one sided victory up in the Durham hills. Chris Dickinson continues to supply the ammunition, Hutchinson continues to hit the target and the team continues to plough the opposition. Yesterday's pitch, at best, could only be described as agricultural but at this time of year it has to be expected. The ball bobbled profusely but once Town got to grips with the conditions, the result was never in doubt. Considering Christmas is only a week away and the preparation that goes into the festival season, the Town support were vocal and in numbers with an element of FA Vaseism to the atmosphere. If the Town support reaches anything near the decibels heard today then that elongated roof at Central Avenue will need to be firmly bolted down for Boxing Day!

 

Team wise, Mattie Crossen returned to the side, replacing the absent Danny Rowbotham. Clayton MacDonald loves these types of fixtures and he came into the side for Jamie Davis. Gary Redman retained the right wing berth and Barry Oliver gave himself the number seventeen shirt!!

 

Crook set their stall out right from the start with several crunching challenges. Kieran Megran was rather fortunate not to receive an early yellow card for a foul on Luke Hogan and shortly after, Jack Connor got taken out. Town were trying to come to terms with the heavy pitch but they soon found their stride after quarter of an hour. Hutchinson headed over from a Dickinson free kick and moments later he pounced on a weak back pass, rounded Niall Harrison which left HUTCHINSON the chance to stroke the ball into the net. Town doubled their lead on twenty four minutes and it came via the famous double act. Dickinson nonchalantly released HUTCHINSON and the bang in form striker sauntered past Decklin Moss and drilled home with his left foot. Town took the foot off the pedal and were duly punished on thirty eight minutes. Daniel Mann's corner was only half cleared to David Vincent who then found the top corner of the net from ten yards.

 

HT Crook Town 1 Billingham Town 2

 

The second half was Town Total Football! A four man move ended with DICKINSON scoring a cracker from twenty yards. Dickinson also had a close range effort blocked by Harrison's legs and Hogan followed up but the linesman on the far side deemed the winger to be in an offside position. On sixty three minutes, Town grabbed a fourth goal and once again it was Dickinson the Wizard. A sublime crossfield ball dropped perfectly for BEDDOW who had only been on the pitch for sixty seconds. The winger nudged the ball past Harrison and rolled the ball into an empty net. Both Dickinson and Hutchinson had further chances but Harrison was doing his best in keeping the score respectable. HUTCHINSON did manage to get another hat-trick though, side footing home Dickinson's low cross and there was still time for Connor DUNLAVEY to score with a simple tap in. A convincing 6.1.....could have been 12.1 but all in all, a perfect team performance.

 

FT Crook Town 1 Billingham Town 6

 

Graham Hutchinson

Press Officer

 

P.S MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL TOWN SUPPORTERS!!