Alnwick Town Versus Hebburn Town
Saturday February 10th Kick Off 3.00PM
Hebburn Town travelled to the most northerly club in the league Alnwick Town for another critical game in their push for one of the promotion spots. Although Alnwick were lying in bottom position, they were very unlucky to not take all three points in their last game at league leaders Northallerton Town in a remarkable 6-6 draw; Alnwick were actually 6-4 up in the final minutes of the game.
Many games were postponed in the two divisions of the league, and so a great deal of credit must go to the volunteers at Alnwick for the game going ahead, albeit in heavy conditions.
Hebburn Town were certainly the better side in the first 15 minutes, and although there were not any direct threats on the Alnwick goal, Chris Douglas and Craig Malley were creating problems for the Alnwick defenders down the right flank. However, in Alnwick’s first attack the Hornets fell behind when a defensive mistake left keeper Stephen Hubery stranded off his line and the lob from Baker from the edge of the box found the net to give the home team an early advantage.
Hebburn kept up the pressure and Dan Robinson almost levelled the scores in the 18th minute when his speed took him clear of the home defence but a fine save from Hodgson thwarted the Hornets’ striker. As Hebburn continued to press the Alnwick keeper was having a good game, and in particular handling crosses and corners very well.
He could do nothing however, when a moment of sheer class from Dan Robinson led to Hebburn’s equaliser; Dan took control of the ball inside the box and beat several defenders to chip the ball past the keeper to the far post where Peter Jones was on hand to head the ball home. A great and well deserved goal just at the right time with the first half drawing to a close. Hebburn had bossed the half and should have been well ahead, with Alnwick having only two attacks of merit.
Hebburn started the second half, kicking up the pronounced slope at St James Park, and Alnwick started well, with a great last ditch tackle by Callum Smith blocking a goal bound effort after 51 minutes. Following this Hebburn again assumed control, playing some good football and an effort from Malley was tipped over the bar, the start of serious pressure on the Alnwick goal.
A corner on the hour caused great confusion in the home goal mouth and Alnwick were fortunate not to go behind as they scrambled the ball clear, and again when a Paul Chow flick on was met by Rhys Williams but his shot bounced back off the post to be cleared. Rhys Williams then saw his header from a free kick cleared off the line after 65 minutes.
Hebburn’s continued pressure had to pay off and in the 75th minute Dan Robinson delivered when he met one of a succession of corners from Peter Jones and forced the ball over the line to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.
A fine passing move involving substitutes Chow and Wightman ended with Peter Jones striking the ball with great accuracy past the keeper into the bottom corner from 15 yards to complete the scoring with 5 minutes remaining, to give the Hornets a solid 3-1 victory and 3 very valuable points.
Hebburn have moved into 3rd place in the league and the club remain unbeaten with 6 victories and a draw in the last 7 games. With clubs around them continuing to win, the Hornets must maintain their form in the eleven outstanding league games to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The next fixture is on Friday 23rd February away to Willington.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|18. Christopher Douglas|
|45. Peter Jones||GoalGoal|
|50. Ross Toward|
|54. Daniel Robinson||Goal|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Sub18|
|9. Paul John Chow||Sub7|
|17. Christopher Feasey|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|44. Jonathen Robin Wightman||Sub12|