Match Preview

Hebburn Town Versus Willington AFC

Friday 6th October 2017 Kick Off 7.45 PM



Willington AFC have a tremendous history in the Northern League; they joined originally in 1911/1912 and have played almost 2800 games in the league and were also winners of the Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1950, in front of a crowd of 88,000. Not many clubs can claim to have had managers like the legendary Malcolm Allison and Alan Durban.

Willington come to Hebburn  lying in 12TH place in the league, with 15 points from 12 games and have recovered from a poor start which saw only one win in their first seven games; since then they have beaten Thornaby, Bedlington and Jarrow, and in their last game gained a credible draw at home to Northallerton Town. They were also narrowly beaten, 1-0, by Harrogate Town in the FA Vase.

The Hornets come in to the fixture on the back of a good run which has taken them up to second place in the league, with 27 points from 17 games; they have won their last four league games scoring 12 and conceding 3 and will be looking to extend this winning sequence to maintain momentum and hold their place at the top of a highly competitive league.

Top goal scorer Paul Chow has been in great form with seven from his last two games, with a four goal haul against promotion hopefuls Billingham Town last Saturday.

In the middle of their winning run in the league, Hebburn can count themselves unlucky to go out of the FA vase, in a 3-1 defeat against Newcastle Benfield, which the Hornets dominated for long periods.

However, in the word s of team manage, Scott Oliver (who at one stage in his playing career had a spell at Willington:


” We must guard against complacency; Willington are showing much more ambition as a club this season with the signing of top strikers Connor Winter and Mattie Moffatt and they are a dangerous team who drew with 3rd place Northallerton Town last Saturday.

We are doing well at the moment with 7 wins in our last 8 games; there is a long way to go but the principle aim of everyone at the club is promotion to the first division.

We have added several players, with significant first division experience to our squad and the latest results reflect the signings.

Recent signing, central defender Dave Coulson has a wealth of experience at Gateshead, Spennymoor, Whitley Bay and Blyth Spartans, North Shields and Dunston. He captained the Bay to one of their FA Vase Final victories at Wembley.

I hope to see another good crowd at our game; our crowds have been great this season and the players enjoy playing at home.

Peter Jones returns after suspension and Rhys Williams is available again after missing last Saturdays game; Jason Blackburn trained on Wednesday night and will be in the squad. Craig Malley is our one doubt due to illness and a rib problem.

We are scoring goals in games and everyone is on a high at the moment but we must remain focused and not take winning for granted.”

The situation at the top of the second division table with a quarter of the season completed is extremely tight with only two points separating the top three teams, and with teams below having games in hand. We are in the promotion spots and must fight for every point to make sure we stay there.

Come along to Hebburn Sports Ground and get behind the lads; tell your mates to join you.

Also make sure you enjoy a pint or two in our excellent Club House and partake in refreshments from the “Hungry Hornet”, adjoining the Club House

We enjoy some respite from the league campaign with our next fixture on Wednesday coming when we face Alnwick Town in the League Cup and we have an another exciting cup game away to Hartlepool FC, at the Victoria Ground in the Durham Challenge Cup, on the 25th October.

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