Hebburn Town Versus Darlington RA
Saturday 2nd September 2017 Kick Off 3.00pm
Chances Scorned Fifth placed Hebburn Town faced second bottom Darlington RA in a match, the Hornets were expected to win and maintain their place amongst the leading teams at the top of the table. Unfortunately, their aspirations were dashed by a determined and resolute Darlington, who took the lead after 35 minutes and held on to this to claim all three points, and climb out of the bottom three.
As we entered the second month of the new season, Hebburn can look back at the results to-date and wonder-if only!!!! Â Following this game Hebburn remain in 5th place with 15 points, 6 points behind leaders Tow Law Town. With 8 games played the Hornets have conceded only 7 goals, the best defensive record so far in the league; yet they have scored only 12 goals in those 8 games. Compare this with the teams in first and second position; Tow Law have conceded 13, but have scored 26 whilst second place Northallerton have conceded 11 but scored 22.
In games against Jarrow (1-0 defeat) Missed chances must have reached double figures; similarly last week away to Easington (1-0 win), the Hornets should have scored at least 5 or 6. In other games they have dominated but in fact the highest victory was a rather flattering 3-0 at home to Esh Winning.
Goals win games!!!!
Back to yesterday’s game. On an afternoon and on a pitch ideally suited to good football. Hebburn marched out on to the pitch accompanied by 15 mascots from the Juniors Under 7 teams, in front of a crowd of 270. A tremendous atmosphere around the ground. Yet after a bright start by Hebburn the game went into a 15 minute phase in which the bulk of the action was in midfield, without either keeper being troubled. After 25 minutes Hebburn should have taken the lead a pin-point cross by Chris Feasey, found Gary Shaw who headed inches wide with the keeper well beaten.
On the half hour Hebburn’s luck deserted them once more when from a corner centre back Rhys Williams planted a strong header against the cross bar from 10 yards. Channon North, then headed the rebound over the cross bar to miss a great chance to put the Hornets ahead.
They would pay the price when 5 minutes later Hebburn fell behind. From a corner, Dave Michell had his first effort blocked but smashed the rebound past Steve Hubery, in what was effectively RA’s first shot at goal.
Hebburn responded with efforts from Peter Jones who headed wide from a Gary Shaw cross, and the Shaw himself when he attempted to lob the keeper from inside the box, but the very tall keeper touched is shot over the top. Just before half time Shaw had another shot saved by Griffith in the away goal. On the stroke of half time Hubery was called into action for only the second time in the game but the Darlington RA side were well organised and had chased and tackled all afternoon.
In the second half the Hebburn players appeared to be very flat, and although they had much of the possession in midfield for the first twenty minutes of the half, they rarely troubled Griffith in the RA goal. When the big keeper was called upon he handled shots from Shaw and Blackburn very comfortably and RA started to gain confidence and believe that they could hold on to all three points,
In fact after half an hour Steve Hubery had twice to make good saves in the space of a couple of minutes to prevent RA adding to their score. Hebburn won several corners and free kicks around the RA eighteen yard box but none resulted in any threat and RA keeper Griffith was comfortable with anything that got through to him. A good shot from Kris Hughes was well saved by Griffith as the game came to an unexpected conclusion and the Hornets, left the pitch totally deflated-but RA had worked their socks off all afternoon.
Next game is away to Northallerton Town on Tuesday night, a game Hebburn must win to keep in touch with the top five teams. On Saturday we are away to Wearside League side Stokesley in the first round of the FA Vase.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda|
|10. Channon North|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|45. Peter Jones|
|4. Iain Bickerstaff|
|11. Kristopher Hughes||Sub17|
|16. Jason Blackburn||Yellow CardSub7|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|18. Christopher Douglas||Sub2|