Match Preview

HebburnTown Versus Esh Winning

Wednesday 23rd August, 2017 Kick Off 7.45pm

 

As the matches come thick and fast, on Wednesday we face Esh Winning at the Sports Ground in our sixth fixture of the new season.

We are still in the first month of the new season and it is far too early to make any predictions based on the early results, but it is probably fair to say that the “Stags” have had a mixed start, as seen by the results listed below.

Darlington RA 3-2 away victory.

Blyth AFC 4-2 home defeat

Heaton Stannington 1-1 home draw

Northallerton Town 2-0 home defeat

Easington Colliery 6-2 away defeat.

Esh are lying in 18th position on 4 points.

 

Hebburn Town, too, have had mixed fortunes as shown:

 

Bedlington Terriers 2-0 home win

Thornaby 2-1 home win

Blyth AFC 1-1 home draw

Jarrow FC 1-0 away defeat

West Allotment Celtic 2-2 away draw.

The Hornets come into this match in 4th position on 8 points.

 

Last season’s games between the two sides were close and competitive with Esh ending a 10 game unbeaten run for the Hornets when they were 2-1 victors at Hebburn, with the spoils shared at 2-2 later in the season at West Terrace. Waterhouses.

Manager, Scott Oliver, will be eager to clinch all three points from tonight’s game to keep us in the top positions and also to regain some of the momentum lost in our last two way games where missed chances have cost us dearly.

Against Jarrow FC,Hebburn dominated the game for eighty plus minutes, scorning a number of chances, and were caught out by a “sucker punch” in the dying minutes to drop all three points, against our near neighbours.

Scott also felt that “Saturday’s game at Druids Park against West Allotment Celtic was another missed opportunity, especially as some great chances went begging in the first half; enough to win the game. We lost our way in the second half and were fortunate in the end to get a point. The AstroTurf at Druids Park brought its own challenges but we tired badly in the second half.

We desperately need a win this evening after two disappointing results.

Stuart Bramley comes in for the suspended Rhys Williams and Glen Hargrave returns to the squad. Kris Hughes is still absent on holiday. Jason Blackburn resumes full training following injury in the close season, but is not yet ready for the Esh Winning game.”

A word of thanks for our supporters. You have turned out “in force” (average 130+) for our first three home games and many of you travelled to Jarrow to swell the crowd to 240 for the local derby. Although the crowd at West Allotment (the ground is near Newcastle Airport) was only 50, we reckon that half of them had travelled from South Tyneside. Great to see and long may it continue.

 

 

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