Hebburn Town Versus Esh Winning

Ernest Armstrong Cup 2nd Round

Wednesday 6th December, 2017

Kick Off 7.30 PM

 On Wednesday the 6th December we welcome our opponents from Esh Winning, for the second round of the Ernest Armstrong Cup; the tie was originally scheduled for November 22ND, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Hebburn.

We have beaten Esh Winning earlier in the season, when two goals by Paul Chow and one from Craig Malley gave the Hornets a 3-0 victory; however, the win was not as clear cut as the score suggests and another competitive game is anticipated.

I think that everyone associated with Esh Winning might agree that the “Stags” have had a somewhat roller coaster of a season. Coming into tonight’s game, Esh lie in 10th place in the league on 30 points; their 22 league games to date have produced nine wins, ten losses and three draws, with a goals tally of 40 for, and 52 against.

The Hornets, themselves, have seen an extreme dip in form recently, which has resulted in the side only collecting three points from their last six league games and knocked out of the Durham Challenge Cup and the League cup.

However, on a more positive note. Hebburn Town are still in contact with the promotion places and currently lie in 5th place on 33 points; the Hornets also have the best defensive record in the second division with a very impressive 18 goals conceded in twenty league games. However, goals have been hard to come by and we must start to convert our many chances into goals.

From manager Scott Oliver:

“Steve Hubery , Glen Hargrave , and  Kris Hughes miss the game through work commitments and Scott Wallace , Dave Coulson , and Callum Smith are all out injured. New signing Dan Robinson, just signed from Heaton Stannington is cup-tied.

We may have lads missing but we still have a strong squad available for a game we are all desperate to win to get our season going again. We have used the time without a game to train well and regroup and look forward.

We have had a few discussions as a group and individually and we are all looking forward to the game. Like all games in this league Esh will offer a stern challenge and will be a tough team to beat.

We are due a home win and it would be nice to see a few more smiles around at the full time whistle.”


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