Hebburn Town Versus Jarrow FC
Hebburn Sports Club
Saturday 4th November, 2017 Kick Off 3.00PM
On Saturday afternoon we extend a warm welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of our nearest rivals from “down the river”, at Jarrow FC, for what we believe to be the first competitive league game between the two clubs at Hebburn for over 100 years.
Jarrow joined the Northern League, following promotion from the Wearside League, at the beginning of the current campaign and have made a steady start in their first venture at this level.
In the corresponding away game at Perth Green at the beginning of the season, the Jarrow side claimed all three points with a solitary goal in the dying minutes of the match. Perhaps even the most partisan supporters of Jarrow might agree that Hebburn Town had dominated the game-but scorned many chances, and scoring goals is what wins matches
Jarrow come into this very local derby, lying in 10th position in the league with 24 points from 16 games, and have gained maximum points and clean sheets from their last two games against Crook Town, and a particularly impressive 1-0 victory at high-flying Whickham.
On the other hand the Hornets are now unbeaten in their last seven league games, although they have dropped points in the last two games with 1-1 draws away to Chester-le-Street, and at home to Ryton and Crawcrook.
After 16 games the Hornets are very much in the promotion frame and lie in second position with 32 points behind Heaton Stannington. However, the situation at the top could not be tighter, with Heaton Stannington in pole position with 33 points, and Hebburn, Tow Law and Northallerton all on 32, separated only by goal difference.
Manager Scott Oliver will be looking for more goals from his forwards and a continuance of the best defensive record in the two divisions of the Northern League-12 goals conceded in 16 games. He has one or two doubts with striker Channon North and defender Stuart Bramley, but otherwise should have a full squad available for selection.
Every game is crucial and we anticipate a tough, competitive game against our neighbours. At the away game at Perth Green, 240 spectators turned up to cheer on the two teams. It would be brilliant for local football if we could better this, so please come along to Hebburn Sports Club, and tell all your mates to join you on Saturday afternoon.