Hebburn Town Versus Brandon United
Saturday 3rd February Kick Off 3.00PM
In another key game in their battle to keep in touch with the chase for promotion to Division One, the Hornets kicked off in front of 174 supporters, on a heavy pitch with rain still falling
Hebburn started well and Craig Malley brought the Brandon keeper into play with a strike from the edge of the box which Patton clutched to his chest. However after 15 minutes of mainly mid-field activity it was Brandon who almost took the lead, with an effort ruled out by a narrow off side decision; this raised the away team spirits and shortly after Steve Hubery was forced into making a fine full length save to prevent a goal.
The Hornets struck back immediately with a great forceful run to the bye line by Peter Jones. He cleverly smashed the ball across the six yard box and Thompson, the Brandon defender could do nothing as the ball cannoned off him into the roof of the net with the keeper helpless. One nil to Hebburn.
On the half hour mark, Dan Robinson, used his pace to go clear of his marker and only a great save by Patton, prevented the Hornets’ striker from doubling the lead. Two minutes later Robinson raced clear again, only to be thwarted by another excellent save as Patton pushed the ball wide of the goal. However, this time Robinson retrieved the ball on the bye line and his pin point cross was met by Craig Malley whose header struck the top of the net for Hebburn’s second goal.
There was little action before the interval, except when Steve Hubery had to race from his goal when under pressure from a loose back pass, to beat the Brandon attacker to the ball and clear his lines.
Two nil down at half time, but Brandon were still in the game. However, if Hebburn had capitalised on their goal scoring opportunities in the second half the final score could have been somewhat different. Brandon did force a couple of good saves from Steve Hubery, but Hebburn were on top for much of the half.
On the heavy surface Hebburn played some attractive football, with John Sherlock dominant in midfield and Wallace and Shaw combining well down the left flank. They created a number of chances, but the Brandon keeper was in fine form to restrict the score line to two.
Shaw was giving the Brandon defenders a hard time, and after 65 minutes left three of them in his wake and only a tremendous double save by Patton denied the Hornet’s wide man; in the 70th minute Dan Robinson, whose pace had troubled the Brandon defence all afternoon, made a strong run to the bye line to pull the ball back to Peter Jones who drove the ball goal wards from ten yards only for Patton to turn his effort over the top.
Half an hour into the second period. Sherlock curled an effort just wide of the upright from outside of the box; this was followed by a good bit of play with Callum Smith finding Shaw wide on the left and his cross was met by Robinson who guided the ball over the cross bar with his chest.
As the game drew to a close, there was still time for Shaw to hit the post from close range and for Chow, who had come on fro Robinson, to first head narrowly over the top and then to force another fine save out of Patton as he diverted the shot past the post.
A deserved and vital victory which leaves the Hornets unbeaten in 2018, with five wins and a draw. The clean sheet also means that they have conceded only 26 goals in 28 games-the best defensive record in the lead.
Next week Hebburn travel to Alnwick Town in another “vital” match.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally||Goal|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley||Yellow Card|
|45. Peter Jones|
|53. John Sherlock|
|54. Daniel Robinson|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Sub7|
|9. Paul John Chow||Sub54|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|18. Christopher Douglas||Sub17|
|44. Jonathen Robin Wightman|