Chester-le-Street Town Versus Hebburn Town
14TH October 2017 Kick Off 3.00PM
The Hornets, lying second top, made the short journey to Moor Park hoping to extend their 5 match unbeaten run against opponents who were relegated from the first division last season and who were lying second bottom with 11 points from 12 games.
However, although Hebburn Town created the better scoring opportunities throughout the game, they were never in full control and were punished for not making the most of these chances, particularly in the second half; the Cestrians never stopped running and battling and took their share of the points with the equaliser in the 88th minute, after putting the Hebburn defence under a spell of pressure with corners and set pieces.
Hebburn started well and Davy Coulson headed just over the top from a corner in the second minute. Full backs Craig Malley and Scott Wallace were both making good runs down the flanks and a Malley cross after ten minutes was met by Channon North and his header brought a good save from the Cestrians keeper to push the ball wide.
Minutes later, Wallace got to the bye-line and his great cross was met strongly by Gary Shaw, but his header planted into the ground and was tipped over the top by the keeper. Chester-le-Street responded with a spell of attacking and were close with a flurry of headers which cleared the bar. At this stage there was little to choose between the sides; Hebburn struggled to gain control on a bumpy pitch as Chester-le-Street applied some pressure with long balls.
After 23 minutes Channon North, rose too high and sent a header over the top from a Hughes corner and this was followed by Paul Chow finding the net, only to be judged marginally offside. After half an hour Dave Coulson was booked for a late tackle as Chester-le-Street came more into the game and when Craig Malley slipped, only a last ditch tackle by Steve Hubery prevented the Cestrians from taking the lead.
After 35 minutes a very good move between Kanda and Malley ended with Malley finding Paul Chow, whose effort from the edge of the box was saved by the keeper, who clutched the ball at the second attempt. As the half drew to a close, a tremendous block by Kanda, who had not imposed his usual control in midfield, stopped a goal; bound effort from the Cestrians.
All square at half time and probably a fair reflection on the first 45 minutes. Hebburn started the second period with an early opportunity to take the lead, when a cross from Jack Donaghy was missed by North and Gary Shaw following up struck his shot wide. Scott Wallace ran almost the length of the pitch but his shot was saved with an outstretched leg by the home keeper.
After seven minutes of the half, a Kris Hughes free kick from wide right was deflected on to the cross bar by a Chester-le-Street defender and scrambled clear and then minutes later Shaw looked certain to score but with only the keeper to beat he screwed his shot wide of the left hand post.
Hebburn looked as if they had put this behind them when a Hughes corner was met by Kanda, whose header was cleared by a Cestrians defender, but correctly adjudged by the linesman to have crossed the line to give the Hornets a 1-0 advantage after 58 minutes.
For the next ten minutes Hebburn were on top, but as long as the score remained the Cestrians were still in the game and a defensive mistake ended with the ball bouncing of the Hebburn cross bar and over the top.
In the 75th minute a tremendous drive from Kris Hughes brought out an equally fine save from the keeper, as flung himself to his left to tip the ball over the bar; in the final quarter Hebburn had a couple of half chances but the Cestrians were still battling hard and after a number of corners, long throws and set pieces drew level in the 88th minute. Hebburn struggled to clear the ball and after it ping-ponged around the six yard box Walker hammered a shot through the defence and past Hubery to level the scores.
A vital two points dropped as Hebburn would have moved to the top of the table if they had beaten Chester-le-Street.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5A. David Coulson||Yellow Card|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Goal|
|9. Paul John Chow|
|10. Channon North|
|11. Kristopher Hughes|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|14. Glen Hargrave||Sub12|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|45. Peter Jones||Sub6|
|50. Ross Toward|