Hebburn Town Versus Ryton and Crawcrook Albion
Saturday 21st October 2017 Kick Off 3.00PM
Hebburn Town, lying in third place in the league, knew that unless they were defeated they would be top of the table at teatime. Their opponents from up the Tyne Valley, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion came into the game in 16th position, but had put up a good show when going down 3-2 to the Hornets last month in a Durham Challenge Cup Tie.
Hebburn Town will not come any closer to defeat than in this game; the Referee blew for full-time as soon as the game restarted after Jason Blackburn’s equaliser in the 95th minute. Ryton had resolutely defended their one goal lead scored by Harbottle in the 61st minute with the away side’s only shot of the game-and what a goal!! From fully thirty yards he smashed a swerving shot off the angle of crossbar and post into the top left hand corner to leave Steve Hubery helpless in the Hebburn goal.
Hebburn had dominated the game from the off but had not capitalised on their considerable possession and had missed a number of chances to win the game. A vital two points dropped to add to points dropped in earlier fixtures against teams in the lower reaches of the league which could have seen the Hornets well clear at the top of the division.
Hebburn started the game facing a strong wind and immediately put the Albion under pressure with good chances in the opening ten minutes; long throws from Glen Hargrave would be a feature of the first half and one almost ended in an own goal after quarter of an hour but the ball was scrambled clear off the line. For the first half hour the Hornets were camped in the opponents half and, although playing some good football in wintery conditions, failed to put the Ryton keeper under any real pressure; many of the long throws, and set pieces were handled well by a combination of Ryton defenders and their goal keeper, although the keeper was beaten by a Paul Chow header which struck the crossbar and rebounded over the top.
Ryton played some neat football in midfield, defended in numbers, and rarely got into the Hebburn box but Hebburn were unable to turn their pressure into clear chances as the teams left the field at half time all square at 0-0.
The second half started in identical fashion and with the wind at their backs Hebburn continued to dominate the game. There were a number of attempts on goal from the Hornets, but in general they were from the edge of the box and easily collected by the Albion keeper, who had looked solid all afternoon.
After 20 minutes of the half Kris Hughes cleverly “pinched” the ball off a defender on the bye line and stormed into the box but his final shot was well wide of the mark. The atmosphere of frustration was evident all over the ground with the feeling that although the Hornets were well on top, at 0-0 their opponents could still create an upset. Sure enough! On the hour Ryton took the lead with a “worldy” from Rhys Harbottle who scored with a tremendous swerving short from 30 yards to give Ryton the advantage and significantly raise the feeling of frustration amongst the Hebburn Town contingent.
After a Jack Donaghy effort from outside the box which cleared the bar Davy Coulson should have levelled the scores when Kris Hughes pulled the ball back to him from the bye line but from 10 yards his shot went over the top.
As Hebburn continued to press Stuart Bramley sustained what appeared to be a bad injury when he clashed with the Ryton keeper in a mid-air challenge from a corner; he was treated for a while, and then left the field with a rib injury to be replaced by Rhys Williams; he later went to hospital but is home now, somewhat “battered and bruised” but happily no breaks or other damage.
With time running out Hebburn’s hopes were raised when a good run by Scott Wallace ended with a cross to the far post where Paul Chow hammered the ball home, but as they turned to celebrate the linesman raised his flag for a marginal off side decision. Peter Jones, who had replaced Donaghy, then smashed a volley from ten yards which looked destined for the goal until Keeper Dominic McMahon flung himself to his right to turn the effort around the post.
With the crown leaving and the referee checking his watch, Peter Jones made one final run to the bye line and his pinpoint cross across the six yard box evaded the keeper to be scrambled home by Jason Blackburn; who had come on earlier to replace Glen Hargrave.
A 1-1 draw with the point gained taking the Hornets to the top of the table.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5A. David Coulson|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda|
|9. Paul John Chow|
|11. Kristopher Hughes|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|14. Glen Hargrave||Yellow Card|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|5. Rhys John David Williams||Sub17|
|16. Jason Blackburn||GoalSub14|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|45. Peter Jones||Sub6|
|50. Ross Toward|