Bedlington Terriers Versus Hebburn Town
Saturday 24TH March 2018, Kick Off 3.00PM
Hebburn Town travelled through the Tyne Tunnel to the Dr. Pit Welfare Ground to face a Bedlington Terriers side lying four places off the bottom in the Ebac Northern League Second Division. The Terriers have suffered considerably from the adverse weather conditions and have only played 4 games in 2018 and with still 16 games to play, to complete their fixtures. The “Beast from the East” and other climatic conditions have led to this afternoon’s game being the first for both teams since the 24th of February.
The Hornets kicked off in brilliant sunshine, although the pitch was still heavy, and would cut up during the game. Hebburn took control of the game from the start and in the first seven minutes created several chances; Gary Shaw was narrowly wide of the mark and from a corner shortly after a Rhys Williams header was “clawed” over the upright by Curtis Richardson in the home goal, who then saved an effort from Callum Smith.
However, the “inevitable” happened when in their first appearance in the Hebburn half the Terriers took the lead in the eighth minute ; a cross from wide on the right cleared the Hornets defence and was headed back into the far corner by Lowery to give the home side the advantage.
This was to be very short-lived as two minutes later, the Hornets equalised when a great cross from Gary Shaw was powered home by Craig Malley with a tremendous header from 10 yards giving the keeper no chance at all.
Shortly after Stuart Bramley was forced off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Chris Douglas. Hebburn continued to exert pressure on the home side with Craig Malley causing them problems and after quarter of an hour, took the lead. A great through ball from Ross Toward released Malley and he calmly rounded the keeper to slot the ball home.
A fine move between Shaw and Robinson ended in the Terriers conceding another corner which was headed narrowly over the top by Malley. The Hornets continuous pressure eventually led to a third goal when Peter Jones found Dan Robinson in the box who beat the keeper to the ball to fire home to give Hebburn a two goal advantage,
This time the Terriers reacted and reduced the arrears with a shot from the edge of the boxes from Young which beat the diving Hubery after 35 minutes. Still the scoring was not finished and just before half time Robinson bagged his second goal when he took advantage of uncertainty between the home defence and their keeper to slam the ball into the back of the net; 4-2 to the Hornets going into the second half.
Bedlington started much brighter from the off in the second period and perhaps could have narrowed the gap when an attacker tried to lob Hubery in Hebburn’s goal but the keeper easily held on to the ball. For some reason the Hornets were struggling to repeat their first half display and Bedlington were showing far more determination. With eighteen minutes the home side reduced the arrears to one when Foalle easily beat Hubery from six yards when the ball was pulled back to him from the bye line.
The game opened up as the teams tired on a very heavy pitch, but although Bedlington were more of an attacking force there were few chances of note, except when Steve Hubery slipped when clearing the ball, but made a tremendous stop from the Bedlington forward who had picked up the ball and advanced on the Hebburn goal.
The Hornets brought on Kanda, replacing Smith, and Chow, replacing Robinson, in the last quarter of an hour and were content to play the game out by keeping possession in the corners when possible. For, both teams it had been a game of two totally contrasting halves; Hebburn had completely bossed the first half and should have had the game won by halftime but for two defensive lapses. Bedlington on the other hand may count themselves unlucky to score only one goal in the second half.
Hebburn Town have now won eight and drawn one of their last nine games and the three points claimed at Bedlington Terriers keeps the Hornets in contention for promotion with nine matches remaining.
Next game at home to Crook Town on Saturday 31St March.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally||GoalGoalYellow Card|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|45. Peter Jones|
|50. Ross Toward|
|54. Daniel Robinson||GoalGoal|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Sub7|
|9. Paul John Chow||Sub54|
|10. Channon North|
|18. Christopher Douglas||Sub17|