Ebac Northern League Division 1
Whitley Bay 4-5 Hebburn Town
Robinson 77,88 Sullivan 12,70
Taylor 82,90+2 Armstrong 19,68
Hebburn Town survived a late resurgence from Whitley Bay to win 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at Hillheads Park in the Northern League Division 1 last night.
Goals from Luke Sullivan (2), Graeme Armstrong (2) and Jack Robson had the visitors 5-0 up with 15 minutes to go, before Mark Robinson and Luke Taylor both scored braces for the hosts to put them in with a chance of grabbing a point right at the end.
Hebburn made one enforced change from the team that beat North Shields 5-1 on Saturday, with Robbie Spence replacing the suspended Louis Storey.
The Hornets started the game well and were 1-0 up inside 12 minutes when Danny Carson launched the ball forward, and ‘keeper Steven Hubery’s clearance bounced off Sullivan and he tapped the ball into an empty net.
Seven minutes later, Kevin Bolam’s side doubled their lead when Armstrong smashed the ball into the top-left corner following a good cross from Spence.
Whitley Bay’s best chance in the first half came in the 30th minute when Lewis Orrell squared it to Robinson, who was one-on-one with Andrew Jennison, only for his shot to go over the bar.
Three minutes into the second half, the Hornets added a third when Sullivan passed the ball out wide to Robson who ran in and lobbed the ball over the ‘keeper.
20 minutes later, Hebburn’s fourth came when Lewis Horner’s through ball was poorly defended leaving Armstrong to bury the ball in the bottom-right corner.
The visitors continued to cruise and added a fifth when a long ball forward was headed down by Armstrong before Sullivan launched the ball from near the halfway line over the head of Hubery in what was a stunning strike.
Whitley Bay got what seemed to be a consolation in the 77th minute when Robinson beat Jennison and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner.
The hosts got a second in the 82nd minute when Taylor slotted home in the bottom-right corner following a goal-line scramble.
Whitley Bay’s comeback continued in the 88th minute when Lee Kerr played a long ball forward and Robinson’s half volley beat Jennison to the right.
The Bay got a fourth in the second minute of added time when Taylor headed home from a corner at the far post, but it was too late to get an equaliser.
Whitley Bay: Hubery, Bexton (Stephenson 45), Anderson, Graham (L Taylor 72), Salmon, Kerr (capt), Lowery, Orrell (Hird 54), Spooner, Smith, Robinson.
Subs not used: Lister and Bramley.
Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Simpson, Carson, Lough, Spence, C Taylor (Horner 58), Robson (Suddick 72), Sullivan, Dibb-Fuller (Donaghy 72), Armstrong (capt).
Subs not used: Rutherford.