Late Armstrong strike secures big win for Hebburn over West Auckland


By James Main

Ebac Northern League Division 1

West Auckland Town 1-2 Hebburn Town

Morris 44                             Chow 8

Armstrong 90+2

A late goal from veteran forward Graeme Armstrong secured a big win for Hebburn Town against fellow Northern League pace-setters West Auckland Town at the Wanted Stadium yesterday.

The win means that Scott Oliver’s side return to the top of Division 1.

Paul Chow took an early lead for the Hornets before Denver Morris equalised for the hosts just before half time.

Armstrong got the winner in added time to send the visitors home happy.

Oliver made four changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Sunderland RCA last week, with Andrew Jennison, Jack Donaghy, Luke Gilhespy and Chow coming in for Steve Hubery, Matty Tumilty, James Fairley and Lee Kerr.

Hebburn made a great start to the game and came close just six minutes in when Dan Groves’ excellent ball was helped on its way by Louis Storey to Michael Richardson who beat a defender before shooting just over the bar.

The Hornets took the lead two minutes later when Jennison launched the ball up field, and it bounced perfectly for Richardson who headed across goal for Chow to volley home from close range.

In the 21st minute, Richardson was involved again when he cut in from the right and his shot was blocked by a defender.

20 minutes later the hosts almost equalised when Daniel Parker’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Gilhespy.

Two minutes later, West Auckland came close again when Thomas Price’s strike across goal took a deflection off his former Seaham team-mate Gilhespy and went out for a corner.

The pressure from Gary Forrest’s side paid off as the resultant corner was poorly defended, and this enabled Morris to fire home in the top-left corner on the edge of the box just before half time.

West Auckland almost took the lead soon after the restart, as the ball was headed on by a Hebburn defender towards Amar Purewal who got a foot on it but it went just wide of the mark.

In the 60th minute, the hosts came incredibly close when Nathan Fisher’s ball was met by Purewal at the far post but headed just over.

Chances were few and far between after that, until Hebburn got a winner in added time.

Substitute Lee Kerr played an outstanding long ball towards Armstrong who latched onto a backwards header from a West Auckland defender and beat the keeper despite taking a touch off his legs on the way in.

Up next for the Hornets is Newcastle Benfield at home on Tuesday (7:30pm start).

West Auckland Town: Bland, Morris, Parker, Colquhoun, Price, Snaith, Dodds (McKeown 82), Cobain (Wearmouth 66), Mitchell, Purewal (Wood 72), Fisher (c).

Booked: Price

Subs not used: Hegarty and Francis.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Wallace, Richardson, Storey (c), Stephenson (Kerr 45), Dibb-Fuller (Spence 72), Chow (Fairley 63), Armstrong.

Subs not used: Tumilty and Hubery.

Attendance: 221


Hebburn Reserves extend unbeaten run with point against Hartlepool FC


Wearside League

Hebburn Town Reserves 1-1 Hartlepool FC

Bolam 59                                  Jones 43

Hebburn Town Reserves came from behind to secure a point against in-form Hartlepool FC in the Wearside League last night.

Lee Jones opened the scoring for the visitors just before half-time and Ryan Bolam equalised after the break.

The Hornets came into the game unbeaten in all thirteen games they’ve played this season, and had drawn just once. Impressively, in nine out of those 13 games they’d scored three goals or more so absolutely warranting top spot in the division.

Hartlepool came into the game unbeaten in their last four games (including two cup games) sitting in seventh in the league table.

Hebburn made a great start to the game and just three minutes in, captain Gary Crutwell’s powerful effort was deflected on its way over the bar.

Jack Donaghy, on his way back from injury and playing up front unusually, came close just seven minutes later when his powerful strike on the edge of the box was pushed wide by Hartlepool keeper Josh Noble.

In the 18th minute, Dylan Nesbitt then had an impressive powerful shot tipped over by the keeper shortly before Adam Sharp headed over from the resultant corner.

The next chance didn’t come for another 20 minutes, when Bolam’s shot was just kept out by Noble and Sharp didn’t quite make it for the rebound despite the Hartlepool keeper not keeping hold of the ball.

Three minutes later, the visitors took the lead against the run of play when the Hebburn defence gifted the ball to Jones who impressively smashed the ball on the volley in the top left corner around 25 yards out.

The hosts equalised just 15 minutes after the restart with another stunning goal, as Bolam struck the ball into the top-right corner to beat Noble and get his side back into the game.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t until the 83rd minute when either side looked like scoring. Donaghy made a great run on the right and his shot was just kept out by the visiting keeper.

Hebburn looked to have a penalty shot in added time when Donaghy went down in the box, but nothing was given and Hartlepool almost got a winner when Jamie Tumilty hit the Hornets on the break and his close-range shot was well-saved by Aidan Grant.

The Hornets Reserves remain top of the Wearside League going into Saturday’s game at home to Darlington Town.

Following the game, Hebburn manager Kev Bolam said: “I knew tonight would be a difficult game, Hartlepool are a very good side especially when they get their first XI out.

“I do know they’ve been struggling for a side early on in the season, however I knew tonight they’re on the back of a good run themselves, so I knew tonight would be very difficult, so overall not too disappointed with a point especially coming back from a goal down.”

The full interview can be found here.

Hebburn Town Reserves: Grant, H Simpson, Burn, Williams, E Simpson, West, Crutwell (c) (Nelson 25), Bolam (Carroll 73), Donaghy, Nesbitt (Birch 90), Sharp.

Booked: H Simpson, E Simpson and Bolam.

Subs not used: Reay and Bate

Hartlepool FC: Noble, Murphy, Cope, Swales, Donaghy, Cook, Naylor (Hammond 64), Gardner, Blackburn (Birch 80), Sharp.

Booked: Cook, Hammond, Green and Tumilty

Subs not used: Moss and Campbell

Hebburn youngsters reach next round of FA Youth Cup with Carlisle City victory


FA Youth Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Hebburn Town U18s 2-1 Carlisle City U18s

Bowie 49,57                      Delaney 77

Hebburn Town U18s secured a cup tie at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park with a 2-1 win over Carlisle City U18s in the FA Youth Cup at The Energy Check Sports Ground.

Two goals in the space of 18 minutes from Andy Bowie put the Hornets two goals up early in the second half, before Liam Delaney got a goal back for the visitors to make an interesting finish.

Carlisle started brightly and came close just six minutes in when Thomas Hickey cut in on the left and his shot was blocked by Dylan Rutherford before going out for a corner.

Hickey came even closer 15 minutes later when his effort was well stopped by Hebburn keeper James Gary after the pair were one-on-one.

Hebburn’s best chance of the half came in the 39th minute when Lewis Ellison played a good ball towards Jordan Stephenson, who turned and then hit the ball disappointingly wide despite an open goal.

Four minutes later, Ellison found himself one-on-one with Carlisle keeper Ethan Clode but his effort was blocked by his legs.

The Hornets came incredibly close on the brink of half time when defender Luke Hudson  made a good run forward and his shot went just over the bar.

The hosts made a brilliant start to the second half, taking the lead just four minutes in when Bowie slotted home from close range following a great ball in from the left by Charlie Chalmers.

Five minutes later, Stephenson had two great chances to score for Hebburn when he rounded the keeper and had an effort cleared off the line before heading over on the end of a great Chalmers cross.

Hebburn doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Chalmers played a cracking through ball to Bowie from the halfway line, and the striker beat Henry Walker and smashed the ball over the keeper’s head into the top corner.

The Hornets did however go down to ten men seven minutes later, when captain Rutherford was adjudged to have elbowed Ben Fawkes and Toby Heaney following a corner.

Carlisle got a goal back in the 77th minute when Delaney slotted home at the far post after a good run and cross by Warren Taylor on the right.

Chances were few and far between after that, meaning that it’s Hebburn that progress to the next round.

Match highlights can be found here.

Hebburn Town: Gray, Rutherford (capt), Hudson, Ross, Chalmers, Atkinson, Stephenson, Dixon, Brooman (Carter 70), Ellison (Richardson 83), Bowie.

Booked: Ross and Bowie

Sent off: Rutherford

Subs not used: Much, Camm, Thompson.

Carlisle City: Clode, Heaney, Wildgoose, McCluskey, Elliott, Delaney (Davidson 81), Taylor, Watson (Foster 90+3), Walker, Fawkes, Hickey (Denovellis 80).

Attendance: 110




Hebburn ease to first round of Durham Challenge Cup with Birtley win

Hebburn 2-0 Birtley

Durham Challenge Cup Preliminary Round

Hebburn Town 2-0 Birtley Town

Chow 2

Richardson 66

Hebburn Town eased to the first round proper of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 2-0 victory over Birtley Town yesterday evening.

Veteran striker Paul Chow opened the scoring early on before Michael Richardson sealed the win in the second half.

Hebburn manager Scott Oliver made three changes to the side that beat Billingham Synthonia in the FA Vase on Friday. Luke Gilhespy, Paul Chow and Rob Spence came in for James Fairley, Graeme Armstrong and Andrew Stephenson.

Northern League Division 2 side Birtley came into the game having lost just one from their last five games, and sitting 6th in their division.

The hosts took the lead just two minutes into the game, and it was a sign of things to come for the underdogs. Richardson’s corner was headed across goal by Matty Tumilty and Chow was on hand to score a diving header in off the post.

Chow almost had a second in the 15th minute when he met a great ball from Dan Groves, but his effort went over the bar.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t until the second half when either side looked like scoring. Luke Sullivan’s long range effort for the hosts in the 53rd minute went just wide of the mark.

13 minutes later, the Hornets doubled their lead when Chow lobbed the ball through the defence and Richardson fired home in the top-left corner from close range after Sullivan put it on a plate for him.

Substitute Lee Kerr later tried his luck from around 60 yards out, near the halfway line, but his impressive effort went just wide of the goal in the 75th minute.

Birtley’s only real chance came through Joe Badwick in the 82nd minute but his disappointing effort went straight at keeper Steve Hubery.

Hebburn almost had a third in added time when Chow made a good run on the left and his shot was stopped by the legs of visiting keeper Jordan Bolton.

Hebburn Town: Hubery, Groves, Gilhespy, Tumilty (Donaghy 56), Shaw, Richardson, Storey (c), Spence (Kerr 65), Dibb-Fuller (Fairley 69), Sullivan, Chow.

Subs not used: Mallinson and Wallace

Birtley Town: Bolton, Quigley, Hunter, Hood (White 73), Lane, Dodds, McEwen, Salsby, Badwick, T Smith (Fenwick 77), D Smith (Allsopp 73).

Subs not used: Pattison and Tanolt

Attendance: 134

Match highlights are available here.



Braintree pick up first win of the season against poor Gateshead side


Vanarama National League 

Gateshead 0-1 Braintree Town

Ellul 55

Braintree Town picked up their first win of the season beating Gateshead 1-0 at the Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday in the National League.

A second-half goal from Joe Ellul was all that separated the two sides.

It was a slow start to the game, and the first chance didn’t come until the 21st minute when Gateshead’s Steve Rigg beat his man on the left only for his consequential shot to go wide.

Gateshead came close again 12 minutes later when Rigg and Greg Olley linked up well on the right before the latter’s long range shot went wide.

The Heed then had a chance in the 37th minute when Elliott Forbes’ header across goal from a corner was easily saved by the keeper.

Braintree took the lead in the 55th minute when Ellul’s headed home at the far post on the end of Jonathan Muleba’s impressive free kick.

Gateshead later had a chance in the 70th minute when Rigg’s header from a corner was saved by the legs of visiting keeper Ben Killip.

Seven minutes later, Gateshead substitute Scott Barrow tried his luck from long range but his lob went just wide of the mark.

Moments later, JJ O’Donnell arguably had the Heed’s best chance of the game when he headed just over the bar on the end of Tom White’s impressive cross.

Despite chasing the game for much of the second half, Gateshead never really caused Braintree any problems in the final ten minutes meaning the visitors made the long journey home with three points in the bag.

Gateshead: Pears, Tinkler (c), Kerr, Mellish, O’Donnell, Salkeld (Barrow 69), Forbes, Olley, White, Rigg, Boden.

Booked: Forbes

Unused subs: Foden, Hunter, Williamson, Devitt.

Braintree Town: Killip, Muleba, Nieskens, Ellul (Clark 68), Gabriel, Crook, James, Amaluzor (Della Verde 61), Sagaf, Bettamer, Grant (Rowe 80).

Booked: Muleba, Amaluzor, Grant, Della Verde

Subs not used: Allen and Pattison.

Attendance: 578 (24 away)

Hebburn progress in the FA Vase with narrow win over Billingham Synthonia


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Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round

Hebburn Town 3-1 Billingham Synthonia

Sullivan 33              Pollock 43

Armstrong pen 69

Dibb-Fuller 90+1

Hebburn Town progressed to the first round proper of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win over Billingham Synthonia on Friday night.

The Hornets took the lead in the first half through Luke Sullivan before Ben Pollock equalised for the visitors.

The hosts then sealed the win in the second half with goals from Graeme Armstrong and Ben Dibb-Fuller.

Hebburn manager Scott Oliver nearly had a fully fit squad to choose from going into the game as his side looked to continue their good run, while Northern League Division 2 opponents Billingham Synthonia came into the game on a run of their own having been unbeaten in their last five games.

Billingham made a great start to the game, and nearly had the lead just three minutes in when Clark Reader found an opening on the right only for his effort to go sailing over the cross bar.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t until the 33rd minute when Hebburn took the lead through Luke Sullivan.

Dan Groves put in a great ball from the right and Armstrong’s header was saved before Sullivan headed home the rebound.

Just ten minutes later, Billingham were back in the game when poor defending meant the ball fell to Pollock who smashed the ball in the bottom-left corner to ensure it was honours even at half time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Hebburn came incredibly close when Armstrong’s close-range effort went just wide after the ball was nodded to him by Andrew Stephenson following a great ball in by Michael Richardson.

The Hornets got a penalty in the 69th minute after Richardson was brought down by James Fraser in the box, and it was converted by Armstrong who coolly buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Hebburn came close again 10 minutes later when the ball bounced off Richardson and Armstrong was one-on-one with the keeper only for his shot to be parried.

The hosts put the game to bed in the first minute of added time after James Fairley’s shot was blocked, and Dibb-Fuller was on hand to put away the rebound.

The Hornets will find out their next opponents in the FA Vase draw on Monday before they face Birtley Town at home in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

Hebburn Town: Hubery, Groves, Storey (c), Tumilty, Shaw (Wallace 74), Fairley, Stephenson, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller, Armstrong, Sullivan (Spence 63)

Booked: Groves, Fairley, Sullivan.

Subs not used: Kanda, Chow, Gilhespy.

Billingham Synthonia: Roberts, Tiffany (Wilson 70), Minter, Frazer, Grier, O’Connor (Raby 70), Reader, Pollock, Weatherald (Gnaglo 85), Hannah, Barron.

Booked: Roberts, Grier, Hannah, Barron.

Subs not used: Heslin and Wilson.

Attendance: 310

Two late penalty rebounds secure point for Bamber Bridge against Buxton


Evo Stik Northern Premier League

Bamber Bridge 2-2 Buxton

White 83                 Roscoe 6

Marlow 90+6         Chippendale 20

Late goals from Ryan White and Chris Marlow, which happened to both be rebounds from penalties, snatched Bamber Bridge a point against a good Buxton side at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium last night.

The visitors were two goals to the good early in the first half thanks to Brad Roscoe and Callum Chippendale.

Both sides came into the game in good form with the hosts unbeaten all season in all competitions, while Buxton had lost just one league game.

Bamber Bridge and Buxton both looked quick on the ball early on, but it was the Yorkshire side who took the lead as poor defending from the hosts following a throw-in enabled Roscoe to put his side in front with a cheeky back heel in off the post.

Brig almost got back into the game ten minutes later when Brad Carsley’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Alex Brown.

Buxton then came incredibly close in the 19th minute when Chippendale’s powerful effort brought a great block from Paul Dawson.

The visitors scored their second of the night just moments later when Liam Hardy’s shot was deflected off a defender allowing Chippendale to round the keeper and bury the ball in the bottom-right corner.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t till the 56th minute when there was really any action. Danny Forbes’ shot from around 40 yards out was well saved to the left by visiting keeper Theo Roberts.

Bamber Bridge piled on the pressure for the majority of the second half after Buxton dominated the first.

Brig were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute when Alistair Waddecar was brought down in the box by substitute Greg Young.

White missed the resultant penalty, but he scored the rebound in the bottom-right to make for a tense finish.

After the referee awarded the hosts a controversial free kick, they then got a penalty after Waddecar was brought down again.

Once again, White missed the penalty but substitute Marlow converted the rebound from the left-hand side, much to the disgust of the Buxton faithful, so the points were shared.

Bamber Bridge: Rigby, Dawson, Charnock, Lawlor(c), Dodd (Marlow 45), Forbes, Potts (Boyd 70), Waddecar, White, Dudley (Darr 45), Carsley.

Booked: Charnock

Subs not used: Milligan and Churchman

Buxton: Roberts, Roscoe, Dean, Taylor (G Young 26), N De Girolamo, Oyibo, A Young (Ravenhill 79), Grayson (Gee 65), Chippendale, Brown, Hardy (c).

Booked: Hardy, Roscoe, G Young, Oyibo, Chippendale.

Subs not used:  D De Girolamo, Budtz.

Attendance: 330