Match Preview

Hebburn Town Versus Heaton Stannington

Saturday 26th August Kick Off 3.00pm

The Stan, come to Hebburn in a most unusual position in the league, but it is still early days. They are lying in bottom position but have only played three games, with a 1-1 draw at Esh Winning a 2-2 draw away to Tow Law Town and a 2-0 defeat at Thornaby. They had the misfortune to have their game against Durham City at Willington’s ground cancelled because of a “waterlogged pitch in August”?

Heaton Stannington have also been involved, as one of only two teams from last season’s second division, in the FA Cup. A fine 1-0 victory away to Team Northumbria took them into the next round to face Consett, where they put up a good show but were beaten 4-0 last Saturday.

It was back to the back to the “bread and butter” of the league, on Tuesday night where surprisingly the Stan were beaten 2-0 at Thornaby. The reports suggest that after a sloppy first half they were 2-0 down at the interval and then missed many chances in the second period and paid the obvious penalty.

Through recent seasons our games could not be closer, and it was no different last season when Hebburn Town were narrow 1-0 winners in both the home and away fixtures. Today is expected to be a highly competitive affair and manager Scott Oliver will be keen to repeat last season’s successes.

After Wednesday evening’s 3-0 win at home to Esh Winning, Hebburn Town are lying in 4th position with eleven points; but as reflected in the League Table many teams are “bunched” at the top of the table.

Manager, Scott Oliver, has selection challenges for today’s game; Scott Wallace, Rhys Williams, Craig Malley, Kris Hughes Ian Bickerstaff, Channon North, and Glen Hargrave are all unavailable through a mixture of weddings, holidays and work commitments.

He comments that:

“The missing players leaves us very stretched for the game.

We hope to sign another player from the 1st division in time to play on Saturday which will help massively. We must not be fooled by Heaton Stannington’s slow start to the season; they are a very good side and will be desperate to beat us on Saturday.

Ewan Simpson and Ryan Bolam will come into the squad from the impressive reserve team and we may have to bring Jason Blackburn back from injury earlier than I would have liked.

The win over Esh Winning was a solid performance that was much needed after a couple of poor results. The squad will be tested on Saturday but in a couple of weeks I will have some tough decisions with selection when people return from holidays and others become available.”

On Bank Holiday Monday, Hebburn Town travel to Easington Colliery to face another side which has had a slightly “subdued” start to the season.

The Colliery side are lying in 12th position with seven points from their six matches, but as always we anticipate another competitive game, which kicks off at 1.00PM.


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