BILLINGHAM TOWN SQUAD: B.YOUNG, L. MOORE, M.DIXON, D.FLOUNDERS, J.FRAZER, K.SUMMERS, E.BEDDOW, D.HILLERBY, C.HUTCHINSON, A.LAVAN, K.HOWES, D.LOFTS, J.POOLE, L.MCPHILIPS, M.ROBINSON, L.HOGAN, S.ROSS, L.MCDONALD
GOALS: JOE FRAZER [15'], CRAIG HUTCHINSON [24', 54']
CAMPION SQUAD: TBA
MATCH REPORT: Town continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable win against potential FA Vase opponents Campion AFC from Bradford. On Thursday night, the fixture was in doubt from Campions end due to crippling injuries and unavailability but the North East Counties Division One side managed to conjure up a squad of thirteen players.
Nevertheless, it was a good workout for Town who pretty much dominated throughout. A squad of nineteen players were used, several of which have yet to be registered or were on trial. Two of the four recent signings figured here: Jamie Poole and Shaun Ross were introduced during the second half but Jack Connor had to sit this one out due to injury and Jordan Patterson was unavailable. Kallum Hannah, Stephen Oakley, Jamie Davis and Connor Smith were also absent although there was a welcome return for Luke Hogan from injury.
Where is was difficult to assess the performance against Hartlepool United, there were plenty of positives to take from this game. James Frazer, who scored the opening goal with a back post header from Mark Dixon’s in swinging corner bonded well with Kris Summers and Kurtis Howes & Elliott Beddow caused havoc on the wings - linking up superbly with Craig Hutchinson.
The second goal began on the the left when Howes low cross fell to Beddow, who duly dinked the ball back into the middle for Hutchinson to head home. The third involved Howes again, but this time the new signing from Thornaby cut inside from the right and found Hutchinson lurking in the middle who finished with a precise finish into the bottom corner.
Campions Keeper was much the busier and thanks to him, the score-line remained respectable as he kept out Beddow and Hutchinson with several outstanding saves.
The second half had an experimental feel to it and as a result, the intensity wasn’t quite the same as witnessed in the first half but clearly, lots to take from the game. Next up on Wednesday night will be village neighbours Wolviston who had an excellent campaign in the Wearside League last season.