Hebburn Town travel to Carlisle on Saturday looking to maintain their unbeaten league away record against Celtic Nation in a battle of two of last season’s promoted sides.
Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Billingham Synthonia was the first time that the Hornets have dropped points on the road in the league this season while Nation have won two and lost one of their homes games so far.
With Nation sitting sixth bottom in the Ebac Northern League Division 1 and Hebburn in mid-table but only one point away from fifth placed Synners, on paper it the match looks different to the reality with the home side having player fewer games this season, with only seven matches gone.
The Hornets travel to Cumbria with Jeff Forsyth serving a one game suspension while Tony Stephenson is out of the country and Scott Robson is working.
Paul Wardle, Martin Hunter and David Borley all return to the squad while Liam McBryde completed his first 90 minutes on Wednesday night since returning from injury with the Hebburn Hitman looking to continue his spectacular scoring record having notched 47 goals in his 47 Hebburn appearances to date.
Manager Paul Bennett looked ahead to the clash by saying: “we haven’t played well in our last two games but we have churned out two points from them, which in the long run may prove to be invaluable.
“We travel to Carlisle with an unbeaten away record and our challenge is to return to winning ways and playing well again.”
The hosts are expected to be missing star goalkeeper Dan Lowson for a number of weeks as he recovers from knee surgery. There’s also a new name in the home dugout after Nation appointed Tony Lee as joint manager.
In this fixture last season, in the thick of the promotion run-in, Hebburn emerged victorious from a great game of football that finished 1-2.