Whickham Versus Hebburn Town
Friday 6TH April 2018 Kick Off 7.30PM
The Hornets travelled to Whickham on Friday evening for a vital clash in their challenge for promotion to Division One; their opponents have similar ambitions with and started the game in third position, one place above the Hebburn Town side.
Both teams were in tremendous form, having taken maximum points from their last six league games, and both were eager to play this match given the number of postponements recently because of waterlogged pitches. Great credit must go to the Whickham ground staff and volunteers for the condition of the Glebe ground.
On a very windy evening the game started, in front of a crowd of 203, with a bout of untidy play from both sides as they tested each other out. The first real action came after 10 minutes when a free kick on the edge of the Hebburn eighteen yard box was rebounded of Steven Hubery, in the Hebburn goal, and was eventually scrambled clear by the Hornets defence.
Whickham started to win a number of 50/50 balls as the sides battled in midfield and after 20 minutes of the game came closest to scoring when a drive from just outside the box went just past the post. At this stage the Hornets had not tested the home keeper and when Dan Robinson raced clear of the home defence his great cross beat everyone to go out of play.
This led to a spell of Hebburn pressure, and when a cross from Callum Smith found Gary Shaw Maudey in the home goal pulled of a good save to deny the Hornets’ wide man; Peter Jones released Gary Shaw with a great through ball, but the stretching winger was unable to control the ball as it ran through to the keeper.
Robinson’s pace was troubling Whickham and a tremendous rum ended with Robinson bringing another good save from Maudey as he tipped the ball round the post. From the resulting corner Meechack Kanda headed over the top. Hebburn had just about shaded the first half as the teams went off with the score 0-0.
Whickham started the second period the stronger side and pinned the Hornets in their own half for the first ten minutes. After 65 minutes. When a high through ball was launched into the Hebburn box, Steve Hubery raced out to punch clear, but was adjudged to have fouled the challenging Andy Bulford and the referee awarded a penalty to the Lang Jacks. The Hebburn players were furious with the decision but after a bit of a delay Collins stepped up to take the penalty; his effort was stopped by Hubery and as it looked certain that Collins would pounce on the rebound the Hebburn defenders scrambled the ball clear.
The game was now becoming more open and end-to-end as the teams battled for supremacy.
From a corner Rhys Williams headed narrowly wide of the post but two minutes later a counter-attack by Whickham led to Owen Lancaster racing clear of the Hornets defence to drive the ball past the advancing Hubery to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.
Hebburn reacted to this with a spell of pressure which created a couple of half chances and which led to a superb equaliser. Manager Scott Oliver changed his sides’ formation bringing on Adam Rundle, Paul Chow and Channon North. This paid off after 80 minutes when a free kick was awarded to Hebburn. From 25 yards Rundle stepped up to give the keeper no chance whatsoever as he swerved the ball into the top left corner to level the scores. Unfortunately for the Hornets this score lasted no time at all. A long throw into the Hornets goal area was not cleared and Bulford smashed the ball home via the underside of the cross bar to restore the Whickham lead.
In what was becoming a very attractive game, Hebburn bounced back and a Gary Shaw pin-point cross was planted into the roof of the net with a tremendous headed from Rhys Williams. Hebburn continued to press in the dying minutes and a couple of chances went narrowly wide of the mark.
A great game and probably a fair result.
The Hornets may end the season in the promotion spots because of this point or perhaps may miss out because of the dropped two points. We shall see.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams||Goal|
|6. Jack Donaghy||Yellow Card|
|7. Callum Smith|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda|
|12. Gary Shaw|
|45. Peter Jones|
|50. Ross Toward|
|53. John Sherlock|
|54. Daniel Robinson|
|2. Craig Mally|
|9. Paul John Chow||Sub53|
|10. Channon North||Sub54|
|18. Christopher Douglas|
|50. Adam Rundle||Goal|