A Neutral View of the Northallerton Town Versus Hebburn Town
This report was copied from the “Northern League – A Life of Pie Blog”
Many thanks for this impartial but very accurate view of the game.
Northallerton Town 1 Hebburn Town 3 – Ebac Northern League Division Two
It’s a bit of a hike for the blog down to Northallerton, but this game was well worth the journey “ four goals, two red cards and plenty of gutsy football.”
Hebburn started the better and seemed to have more confidence in their football in the opening 10 minutes, while Northallerton were chasing the game and struggling with crosses and corners knocked into the box. Tom Dawson in the home goal was the busier of the two, especially dealing with two Sam Bramley headers.
At the other end Bramley managed to tackle Northallerton striker Nicky Martin just as he was about to shoot. Bramley had a more significant contribution later.
Then just before the half hour Northallerton defender Sam Grainger changed the whole complexion of the game. Kris Hughes produced one of the passes of the season so far, slotting it perfectly through the defence for Jason Blackburn to run on to into the Northallerton box. In desperation Grainger caught him from behind to concede a nailed-on penalty and was duly booked for his efforts Hughes stepped up to make it 0-1.
Minutes later a rush of blood by Grainger cost his team dearly. A lunging tackle could easily have been a straight red. Instead the referee showed him his second yellow and he was off.
A man down, it was a damage limitation exercise for the home team who, at the most, committed two or three players to attacks but they were up against six to eight defenders. Martin had one chance in the 30th minute but he took four touches instead of pulling the trigger at the first opportunity and the chance was gone.
For their part, Hebburn were quick and direct when they attacked and they doubled their lead just before the break when Peter Jones picked his spot with an accurate finish.
It was well into the second half before Northallerton fully recovered, and that was mainly thanks to another poor tackle. this time by Bramley who was shown a straight red in the 56th minute.
The sending off gave Northallerton something they looked as though they’d been lacking since going down to 10 men “ a belief they could get something out of the game.”
The red card was the green light for them to press and press. They created enough chances to salvage of point and they’ll be kicking themselves at some of the opportunities they squandered. Aaron Ramsbottom gave them a lifeline in the 67th minute. He found himself six yards out with a clear chance on goal. He couldn’t miss and didn’t.
But as they pressed forward for the equaliser, they were always susceptible to the counter attack and so it proved. With six minutes to go Channon North, on as a substitute, sealed the game with a goal to make it 3-1, after an excellent run and pin-point cross from Scott Wallace.
This game continued the theme of most division two games attended so far this season: commitment and hard running, good football and very good entertainment.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith|
|12. Gary Shaw||Goal|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda|
|11. Kristopher Hughes||Yellow Card|
|16. Jason Blackburn|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley||Red Card|
|18. Christopher Douglas|
|45. Peter Jones||Goal|
|1. Andy Mallinson|
|4. Iain Bickerstaff||Sub7|
|10. Channon North||GoalSub12|
|40. Kendjo Zadjo|
|47. Riccardo Tanoh||Yellow CardSub16|