2-0

Hebburn

Town

Billingham

Town

 

 

Stephen Oakley (54)

Craig Hutchinson (97)

1. Thomas Dawson

2. Lee Moore

3. Mark Dixon

4. Jack Connor

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Daniel Rowbotham

7. Jamie Davis

8. Chris Dickinson

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Lee Jones

11. Luke Hogan

 

12. Elliott Beddow

14. Clayton McDonald

15. Gary Redman

16. Lewis Green

17. Matthew Hawkins

Steven Hubery .1

Ross Toward .2

Scott Wallace .3

Alan Perram .4

(C) Christopher Smith .5

Kristopher Summers .6

Craig Malley .7

Iain Bickerstaff .8

Jason Blackburn .9

Michael Watson .10

Christopher Feasey .11

 

Christopher Thompson .12

Daniel Chambers .13

Glen Hargrave .14

James Davidson .15

Lee Burrell .16

Match Report

 

If Friday night was about, fame, glamour and romance, then tonight could have been percieved as insignificant, drab or understated. In truth, this was a performance that told us more about this squad than the jubilant victory at Bishop Auckland. Hyperbole?? I don't think so!! Town were full of resolve, patience and a steeliness that wasn't there against Norton and Northallerton. Rewind to a couple of weeks ago against Crook..... Tough, scrappy and determined affair but Town couldn't grind out the win. Tonight had similar characteristics but at no stage did I feel we were in any danger of dropping points against an underated Hebburn side. The back four were immense, particularly in the second half. Pardon the pun but skipper Stephen Oakley was head and shoulders above the rest, winning the aerial battle and some last ditch interceptions. Lee Moore at right back, composed, articulate and easy on the eye. Mark 'psycho' Dixon on the end of some robust challenges....usually it's the other way round and Dan Rowbotham enjoying a good run of form. Last but not least, Thomas Dawson the goalkeeper. He didn't have too much to do tonight but clearly the lads infront of him have complete confidence and trust in his capabilities. The bad news is, other clubs are showing an interest and Dawson is all set for a weeks trial with Barnsley... To put that into context, Barnsley are eight divisions higher than Billingham Town!!! We wish him well but the selfish part of me would love to see him back in time for the Thornaby game a week on Friday night! In essence, this was a disciplined team effort; gone are the early days of gung ho attacking football. Style over substance. Maybe substance leads to style. Either way, we are seeing a mature Town who knows when to play entertaining football and when to dig in, hold your ground and battle to the final whistle. Bishop Auckland game had style and substance..... Hebburn was substance and then some... The win now sees Town on an unbeaten six game run and that record will be severely tested on Saturday when Micky Dunwell's Stockton Town vist Bedford Terrace. Dunwell attended tonight's game and looked pensive, sitting in the stand. Although it's and extremely tough fixture for Town, Dunwell will know that his squad face a foe to be reckoned with.

 

The first half was a tactical affair with Hebburn determined to get numbers behind the ball and using Jason Blackburn as the outlet. The striker was often left isolated but he did have one golden opportunity but hooked his shot wide. Town eventually attacked in force as half time approached. Unluckily, Craig Hutchinson strike was chalked off for offside and Chris Dickinson struck the top of the crossbar from a dipping free kick.

 

HT Billingham Town 0 Hebburn Town 0

 

Town's free flowing football was in evidence on fifty four minutes. A fine move involving Jack Connor, Luke Hogan and Dickinson ended with a superb point blank save by Steve Hubery to deny our joint top marksman. The reprieve was only temporary when Town took the lead from the resulting corner. Dickinson's floated ball to the back post fell invitingly for OAKLEY to head home with a bouncing effort that caught the defender on the line by surprise.

 

Hebburn frustrated Town with two clearances off the line in as many minutes and Hutchinson was again denied by the linesman after a quickly taken free kick from Dickinson. Hutchinson tried his luck on the edge of the box but was just off target but his luck was in, deep into added injury time when his heels were clipped inside the box for a clear penalty. Up stepped HUTCHINSON to make the points safe with a much deserved goal for his efforts throughout the whole ninety minutes.

 

Roll on Saturday for the biggest league game of the season so far!! I have a feeling there will be plenty of style and substance on show but who from? Maybe we will learn even more about Billingham Town by 5.00pm!!

 

FT Billingham Town 2 Hebburn Town 0

 

Graham Hutchinson

Press Officer