Morecambe hard done by with narrow Colchester defeat

Morecambe v Colchester

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-1 Colchester United

Senior 45

A moment of brilliance from Courtney Senior meant Colchester United went home with the three points in a game that Morecambe will feel very hard done by in League 2.

The Shrimps had numerous second half chances, but failed to put the ball away somehow.

The hosts made two enforced changes with Jordan Cranston replacing Andrew Tutte and Kevin Ellison coming in for Rhys Oates.

The visitors started the game brightly and came close just three minutes in when the impressive Ryan Jackson put a great ball into Harry Pell, whose diving header went just wide.

Chances were few and far between after that, as it was an even contest, but the visitors took the lead just before half time when Jackson linked up well with Senior who buried it past Roche in the bottom-left corner.

Morecambe came out of the blocks fired up in the second half, and had two half chances just five minutes in when Vadaine Oliver just missed the opportunity for a diving header following a great cross from Zak Mills and then AJ Leitch-Smith just missed the volley opportunity after a great ball from Aaron Wildig.

Colchester did however come remarkably close in the 53rd minute when Luke Norris’ header after a great cross was just blocked by Josef Yarney.

The Shrimps then came remarkably close just four minutes later when Oliver was through on goal before giving it to Kevin Ellison on the left who could only lob it over the bar after great pressure from visiting keeper Rene Gilmartin.

Arguably Morecambe’s best chance of the game came in the 64th minute when Oliver headed against the crossbar from close range after a brilliant ball in from Leitch-Smith.

Clear cut chances were lacking for the rest of the game, but the hosts still piled on the pressure.

Shrimps keeper Barry Roche came up for a corner at the end looking to score his second goal of his career, but the punt came to no avail and Jim Bentley’s side now drop to 18th.

Morecambe: Roche (capt), Mills, Lavelle, Yarney, Conlan, Mandeville, Cranston, Wildig, Ellison, Oliver, Leitch-Smith.

Booked: Cranston and Ellison

Subs not used: Halstead, Oswell, Mendes Gomes, Brownsword, Piggott, Hedley and Codjovi.

Colchester United: Gilmartin, Eastman, Prosser (capt), Kent, Jackson, Pell, Lapslie (Comley 87), Vincent-Young (Dickenson 77), Senior (Collins 73), Nouble, Norris.

Booked: Pell and Dickenson

Subs not used: Barnes, Wright, Mandron, Kensdale.

Attendance: 1,839



Hebburn Town winger James Fairley: “I could’ve scored and run to Washington”

Winger James Fairley has insisted that the goal he scored to put his side 3-0 up in Saturday’s FA Vase tie against City of Liverpool was one of the “most important” goals of his career.

The 2017/18 Northern League winner with Marske United intercepted the ball just inside City of Liverpool’s half, after a poor clearance from keeper Ben Ascroft and with the help of the wind, beat the retreating keeper from around 50 yards out in the top-right corner.

The goal was posted on the club’s social media later that evening, and at the time of publication the video has had over 22,000 views in total.

The Hornets pulled off the shock of the round in the FA Vase thrashing the Merseyside club, who remain unbeaten in the North West Counties League, 4-0 in front of a club record crowd of 1,302.

“A year this week today, I scored a very similar goal (for Marske United). I thought it was a one-off last year, but to do it again is unbelievable,” he said.

“I saw it heading over the keeper and into the back of the net and by then I was away. The next thing I know, I’m on my knees and everyone is jumping on me!

“It was a bit of a blur as adrenalin kicked in, and I didn’t know where I was going. To be fair I could’ve scored and run to Washington now to be honest, the buzz was phenomenal.”
Manager Scott Oliver said about his man: “I said to James Fairley before the game and to the lads to give him the ball and then he’s got to perform.

“Wingers love to get the ball but they winge if they’re not getting it. The club got a sight of how good James Fairley is – I think wingers are a lost art in football.

“Wingers are going past people, it’s all about forwards these days. I get bored of modern -day football and I watched James Fairley today and some of his stuff was permanent.

“You don’t see that every day in the league, let alone at a professional level – he went past seven players. It was frightening, absolutely frightening.”

A Graeme Armstrong strike off the crossbar following two prior blocked shots put the hosts in front in the 21stminute, before captain Louis Storey buried the ball in the bottom-right corner just three minutes later to set the tone of the game after an even start.

Fairley’s strike came just four minutes into the second half, and it was the second time in after the break he’d tried his luck from such long range.

Veteran striker Paul Chow, who has scored in each of the three FA Vase finals he’s won, later got the winner in added time to send the home support wild.

Fairley did try to take all the attention off himself saying: “I’m on the same level and par with any of the lads in the dressing room, without the other lads I couldn’t do it on my own. I may get singled out but on another day, you could single any of the lads out because they’re top quality lads.

“The lads are flying, we’re all flying as a team, confidence is flying. What’s happening around the club, not just in the dressing room – the confidence around the club is phenomenal.”

The Hornets will find out their next opponents in the Vase at lunchtime tomorrow.

Hebburn heavily punished by Whitley Bay

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 1-4 Whitley Bay

Richardson 26         Glen-Ravenhill 3

Martin 53

Foalle 64

Caines 89 pen

Hebburn conceded four goals for the second time in two weeks with a 4-1 defeat at home to Whitley Bay yesterday in the Northern League Division One.

Michael Richardson scored the Hornets’ only goal of the game, while Peter Glen-Ravenhill, Oliver Martin, Jack Foalle and Gavin Caines scored for the visitors in what was a shock result.

Hebburn came into the game sitting top of the Northern League and were looking for a third straight win, while opponents Whitley Bay sat in 12th and were without a win in four games.

The hosts came close two minutes in when James Fairley’s effort went just wide.

Moments later, the visitors took the lead when a cross was poorly dealt with by Scott Wallace and it fell to Glen-Ravenhill who buried it in the bottom-left corner.

20 minutes later, Hebburn were almost back in the game when Jack Donaghy headed over from a corner.

Scott Oliver’s side equalised in the 26th minute when Graeme Armstrong’s shot was pushed onto the post following some cracking play by Fairley and Richardson put away the rebound.

Richardson almost had a second goal ten minutes later when Fairley put in a cracking ball, but the former South Shields man’s lob beat the keeper and the bar.

Whitley Bay regained the lead just eight minutes into the second half when Martin put the ball away at the far post after a great ball in by Lewis Walton.

Hebburn came close again in the 60th minute when substitute Paul Chow beat his man and his effort was pushed wide by the keeper.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, Andy Gowen’s side extended their lead four minutes later when Foalle placed the ball into the top-right corner after the ball fell to him unmarked in the box.

Armstrong almost pulled one back for the hosts in the 68th minute after a good run but his shot went just over.

Whitley Bay almost added a fourth in the 81st minute when Martin cut in from the right but his shot took a deflection on its way over.

The visitors had a penalty shout four minutes later when Foalle went down in the box but it was waved away by the referee.

In the 88th minute they were awarded a penalty however when Luke Gilhespy brought down Foalle in the box. Centre-half Caines had no problem converting from the spot burying it down the left-hand side.

Up next for Hebburn is City of Liverpool at home in the FA Vase 1st Round next week (3pm kick off)


Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves (Tumilty 11), Gilhespy, Donaghy, Wallace, Richardson, Storey (capt), Kerr (Spence 67), Fairley, Dibb-Fuller (Chow 57), Armstrong.

Booked: Gilhespy

Subs not used: Hubery (GK), Stephenson.

Whitley Bay: Bannon, McFarlane, Walton, Anderson, Caines, Hassan, Glen-Ravenhill, Salmon (Carr 80), Ardelean (Ramsey 74), Foalle, Martin (Redford 83).

Booked: Glen-Ravenhill.

Subs not used: Richardson and Brannen.

Attendance: 287

Hebburn Town U18s out of FA Youth Cup with heavy defeat to Hartlepool United

FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Hartlepool United U18s 5-1 Hebburn Town U18s

Pritchard 8                            Brodman 67

Rennison 25

Willoughby 63

Scott 66

Boyle 82

Hebburn Town U18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup with a 5-1 defeat to Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Wednesday night.

Jack Brodman scored the Hornets’ only goal of the night, while Luke Pritchard, Conner Rennison, Aaron Willoughby, Josh Scott and Daniel Boyle netted for the hosts.

Hartlepool made a great start to the game and took the lead just four minutes in when Pritchard buried home from close range following a good ball from Willoughby.

Willoughby was later involved in the second goal for the hosts in the 25th minute when his cross was poorly defended and it fell to Rennison who fired home powerfully past Aidan Mutch.

It was almost 3-0 just moments later when Pritchard volleyed just over the bar on the end of Willoughby’s cross.

Harrison Webster then came incredibly close for Pools in the 31st minute but his effort was just saved by the legs of Mutch.

Just two minutes after the restart, the hosts came close when Rennison cut through the Hebburn defence and his shot hit the crossbar.

15 minutes later, Hartlepool grabbed their third goal when Scott’s rebound, which followed Jack Naylor’s strike against the crossbar and hit Hebburn’s Brandon Walsh and Willoughby on the way in.

A fourth came in the 66th minute when Naylor played a great ball to Scott from the right who slid the ball home at the far post.

Hebburn did however get a goal back in the 67th minute when Brodman’s excellent free kick on the edge of the box beat keeper Brad Young in the top-left corner.

15 minutes later Boyle got Hartlepool’s fifth goal of the night when Scott played him through and he buried it past the keeper in the bottom-left corner.

Pools were unlucky not to get a sixth goal at the death when Brad Fox hit the crossbar from the edge of the box.



Hartlepool United: Young, Webster, Naylor, Boyle, Miller, Murphy (Thompson 64), Rennison, Willoughby (Leonard 64), Fox, Pritchard (Jackson 64), Scott.

Unused sub: Roxburgh

Hebburn Town: Mutch, Dixon, Walsh, Atkinson, Thompson, Robertson, Carter (Stephenson 51), Camm (Brodman 60), Brooman (Moyse-Mukhtar 29), Bowie, Ellison.

Subs not used: Taylor and Scott.

Attendance: 188


Hebburn extend lead at top of Northern League with Newcastle Benfield victory

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 2-1 Newcastle Benfield

Storey 23                 Knight 13

Dibb-Fuller 30

Hebburn Town extended their lead at the top of the Northern League to three points with a 2-1 win over Newcastle Benfield on Tuesday evening.

Dennis Knight put the visitors in front early on but the Hornets fought back with goals from Louis Storey and Ben Dibb-Fuller to secure the three points.

Hebburn came into the game off the back of a 2-1 win over West Auckland which saw them replace West at the top, while Benfield had won only two games all season.

The Hornets made a good start and came close just seven minutes in when Luke Sullivan’s effort from the left went just wide of the mark.

Sullivan had another chance just four minutes later when his header from a corner was parried away by visiting keeper Andrew Grainger.

Proceedings quickly turned in the visitors’ favour as a poorly defended corner allowed Knight to score a stunning goal beating keeper Andrew Jennison to the left.

Benfield’s lead lasted just ten minutes however as Lee Kerr played a good ball towards captain Storey who beat two players before striking it past the keeper from the edge of the box.

Seven minutes later, Hebburn were in front when Michael Richardson made a good run following a great pass by Sullivan and his cross was met at the far post by Dibb-Fuller who found the net with a touch from a defender on the way in.

Benfield could’ve had an equaliser just before half time when David Robinson’s shot was saved to the left after he linked up well with Paul Brayson.

Six minutes into the second half, the league leaders almost extended their lead when Richardson cut through the Benfield defence after a good ball from Storey but his effort went just wide.

The visitors came incredibly close in the 62nd minute after a cracking corner from Knight but Hebburn’s Jack Donaghy just beat Craig Scott to the ball and headed it out for a corner.

Chances were few and far between after that and it wasn’t until added time when James Fairley beat his man right at the death only for his shot to be parried away by Grainger.

Up next for the Hornets is Whitley Bay at home on Saturday 6 October (3pm start).


Hebburn manager Scott Oliver:


Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Wallace, Richardson, Storey, Kerr, Dibb-Fuller, Chow (Fairley 68), Sullivan (Stephenson 79).

Booked: Storey

Subs not used: Hubery (GK), Kanda, Tumilty.

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Turnbull, Martin (Orrell 66), Slaughter, Robson, C Scott, Evans (J Scott 69), Robinson (McCarthy 72), Brayson, Knight, Holmes.

Booked: Turnbull and C Scott

Subs not used: Nisbet and McKenzie.

Attendance: 193


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