Durham City Versus Hebburn Town
25th November 2017
Kick Off 3.00PM
On the coldest Saturday of the season so far Hebburn Town travelled to Willington (Durham City are “ground-sharing” at Willington) hoping to end a slump in form which has seen the Hornets draw three and lose two of their last five league games and exit from both the Durham Challenge and League Cup competitions; they have not managed to score in their last four games. Durham City, on the other hand, had won five of their last six games.
The game kicked off in bright sunshine on a pitch, although hard in the goalmouths, was perfectly playable and the Hornets could not have made a better start. In the first couple of minutes Craig Malley twice got to the by-line to put in good crosses and from the second of these Peter Jones fired narrowly wide from 15 yards. Johnny Whiteman was then close with a good drive from 20 yards, but Hebburn were not be denied for much longer; a great move involving some slick passing between Toward, Whiteman and Jones ended with Shaw driving past the keeper from 8 yards to open the scoring, after four minutes of play, for Hebburn. An excellent start which hopefully the Hornets could build on.
Whiteman was creating problems with his long throw-ins, and was also combining well with Paul Chow and from one flick on by Whiteman, Chow fired just over the bar from the edge of the box, in the 20th minute. Shortly after Whiteman was involved in a good move with Peter Jones and forced the keeper into making a fine save with his effort from the 20 yards.
Although there was little goal mouth action for the next 15 minutes Hebburn were enjoying much of the play and Durham rarely got into their opponents’ eighteen yard box. After Hebburn almost doubled their score when Chow forced the home keeper into making a good save and following up Shaw was just wide of the upright.
At 1-0 going into the second period, the concern around the Hebburn supporters was that the Hornets should have made more of their goal scoring opportunities. This concern was to become a reality within two minutes of the restart Durham drew level when a mistake by Ross Toward set up Steele who lashed an unstoppable left foot drive into the top corner. This was Durham’s first shot on target in the game.
Although Shaw was unlucky in the 52nd minute when he latched on to a mistake by the home keeper to see his shot cleared of the line by a Durham defender, the goal by Durham completely changed the game. From that point on the young Durham side totally dominated play as the Hornets capitulated.
In the 55th minute Durham were awarded a penalty, which the Hebburn contingent thought was very harsh; however, Harris stepped up and calmly sent Hubery the wrong way to give Durham the lead. Durham played a fine passing game for the remainder of the half, with Hebburn continually on the back foot. Chow was becoming more and more isolated up front and Hebburn were rarely seen as an attacking force, Kanda and North were brought on as substitutes after 25 minutes of the half but this had little impact on the dominance by Durham.
In the 75th minute Durham increased their lead, with the Hebburn defence all at sea, when Allen had a couple of attempts before slamming the ball wide of Hubery; 3-1 and no chance of Hebburn recovering and with 8 minutes remaining Hubery pulled off a tremendous save to stop the Durham side extending their lead.
Unfortunately, in the final stages, Ross Toward suffered an injury to his face, when accidently kicked going for a header; he had to leave the field to be replaced by Stuart Bramley.
A game of two halves most certainly, with Hebburn not capitalising on their dominance in the first period and Durham putting the Hornets to the sword in the second as Hebburn’s confidence drained away and they lost their way and structure.
The Hornets must re-group before their next game at home to Tow Law next Saturday. They are losing touch with the promotion places and although they remain in 5th place clubs around Hebburn have games in hand. A good result against Tow Law is vital.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally|
|4. Iain Bickerstaff|
|5A. David Coulson|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|9. Paul John Chow|
|12. Gary Shaw||Goal|
|39. Anthony Myers|
|44. Jonathen Robin Wightman|
|45. Peter Jones|
|50. Ross Toward|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Sub4|
|10. Channon North||Sub12|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley||Sub50|
|18. Christopher Douglas|