Billingham

Town

Craig Hutchinson (4)

 

Luke Hogan (69)

2-3

Northallerton

Town

 

(29) Daniel Jones

 

(77) Jack Proctor

(80) David Onions

1. Paul Watson

2. Gary Redman

3. Mark Dixon

4. Jack Connor

5. Stephen Oakley (C)

6. Daniel Rowbotham

7. Daniel Lambert

8. Jamie Davis

9. Craig Hutchinson

10. Elliott Beddow

11. Luke Hogan

 

12. Harry Taylor

14. Lewis Green

15. Ashley Lavan

16. Chris Dickinson

17. Clayton McDonald

James Briggs .1

James Muir .2

Karl Hewitt .3

Jack Proctor .4

Daniel Jines .5

Joshua Knox .6

Stephen Jackson .7

(C) Stuart Owen .8

David Onions .9

Mark Sims.10

Daniel Ballantyne .11

 

Damon Reaks .12

Thomas Atkinson .14

Stephen Cheeseman .15

Daniel McLachlan .16

Andrew Shepherd .17

Match Report

 

Every club has a bogey team; unfortunately for Town, they have met two of theirs in a matter of days of each other. After a deserved defeat to Norton on Tuesday night, Town put in a better display against the Yorkshire men but they pressed the self destruct button despite taking a 2.1 lead with a quarter of an hour to go. Missed chances in the first half, combined with lax defending in the second period contributed to Towns downfall in a game they shouldn't have lost. Winless in three home games, Tuesday nights fixture against a struggling Crook side is another pressure situation. Before the current campaign started, I felt our season would be defined by our home form as our results on the road tend to look after themselves. There appears to be an element of anxiety when we play at home and not the same freedom of expression and a tendency to play too many long balls. Northallerton will have gone home, just like Tow Law did and wondered how they took points off us......but Bogey teams do that..... thankfully we don't have any more of them in the coming weeks!!!

 

Paul Watson replaced Robbie Stockburn in goal and Gary Redman came in for the injured Lee Moore. Elliott Beddow made his first start of the season on the right wing which meant Danny Lambert joined Craig Hutchinson upfront. Chris Dickinson and Ashley Lavan were joined on the bench with new signing Lewis Green.

 

Billingham dominated the opening exchanges with several clear cut opportunities. Hutchinson played in Jamie Davis and he just had James Briggs to beat in goal but he took the ball away from the target despite rounding the keeper. Town took a deserved lead on four minutes. Jack Proctor took far too long on the ball and HUTCHINSON dispossessed the centre half, ran for goal and chipped over Briggs to score. Hutchinson was at it again moments later, robbing Daniel Jones of the ball and after some good link up play with Lambert, Hutchinson was denied a second goal with Briggs making a vital save. Town were rampant; Luke Hogan, Hutchinson and Lambert caused consternation in the box and Proctor was lucky not to score an own goal while trying to cut out Hutchinson's square pass. On twelve minutes, Hogan drove wide from twenty five yards after a corner was only half cleared. Mark Dixon lofted the ball over the centre half's and Davis did well to chest it down and get the shot away but his effort deflected wide. Lambert's resulting corner found Davis unmarked but his header went wide.

 

On twenty nine minutes, against the run of play, Northallerton equalised. Jones, back to goal, twenty five yards out turned and caught Watson off his line with an exquisite shot. The goal had completely changed the game; David Onions used his body strength to engineer an opening but dragged his shot wide of Watson's right hand post. Undaunted, Onions tried again in a similar position but this time he shot high and wide. On thirty seven minutes, Stephen Oakley headed wide from Lambert's corner and that proved to be the last chance of note before half time.

 

HT Billingham Town 1 Northallerton Town 1

 

The first half mirrored the opening forty five minutes against Tow Law on the opening day of the season. Town would need to regain the initiative because you sensed Northallerton would improve on an average first half performance. And Town were first to strike on goal in a cagey opening fifteen minutes. Lambert struck a powerful free kick from all of twenty five yards that went straight for Briggs throat! At the other end James Muir tested Watson via Mark Sims lay off but Town were showing signs of creativity again in midfield. Lambert had a penalty appeal turned down, one of five shouts during the day for a spot kick, three for handball and two for falls and referee, Paul Burt got each decision correct. On sixty nine minutes, Town regained the lead from a superb move that started in the centre circle. Beddow released Hutchinson on the left side and he layed the ball across for the onrushing HOGAN at the far post to side foot home.

 

Northallerton didn't waste any time to react. Muir struck the outside of the post from a curling free kick and equalised for the second time via another free kick. Muir's poor ball into the box was equally poorly defended and Proctor reacted first to fire home. The visitors then took the lead for the first time in the game with ten minutes to go. Jones crossed from the left and Onions guided the ball home at the second attempt leaving Watson on the floor after slipping on the wet surface.

 

As a last resort, Oakley pushed forward with the aim of winning the airiel balls but he actually caused more problems for the Northallerton back line with his runs towards goal! With time running out, Hutchinson's corner was only half cleared to Beddow on the edge of the box but the teenager lacked composure and shot high and wide.

 

A hugely disappointing ending to the game with Northallerton going home with the three points that were handed on a plate. Next up is that Crook game!! Town need to win hook or by crook....... Again!!!!

 

FT Billingham Town 2 Northallerton Town 3

 

Graham Hutchinson

Press Officer