Hebburn survive late Whitley Bay comeback in nine-goal thriller

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Whitley Bay 4-5 Hebburn Town

Robinson 77,88  Sullivan 12,70

Taylor 82,90+2   Armstrong 19,68

Robson 48

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.

Booked: Bexton

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).

Booked: Spence

Subs not used: Rutherford.

Attendance: 311



Prolific Armstrong gets another hat-trick as Hebburn put five past North Shields

Ebac Northern League Division 1

North Shields 1-5 Hebburn Town

Carr 72                  Robson 29 Sullivan 52 Armstrong 53,80,90+4

Graeme Armstrong picked up another hat-trick as Hebburn put five past North Shields on Saturday.

Jack Robson took the lead midway through the first half before Luke Sullivan and Armstrong added goals just after the break.

Ryan Carr pulled one back for Shields in the 72nd minute before Armstrong picked up a further two goals to secure his hat-trick.

Manager Kevin Bolam made two changes from the side that beat Whitley Bay 2-1 in midweek, with Armstrong and Dan Groves coming in for Olly Martin and Lewis Suddick.

It was a quiet start to the game in terms of chances until Hebburn took the lead in the 29th minute when Robson linked up well with Groves as they exchanged one-twos before the winger went across goal and buried the ball in the bottom left from long range.

The Hornets could’ve had a second five minutes later when there was a mix up between North Shields defender Wayne Buchanan and ‘keeper Greg Purvis allowing Armstrong through but his shot went over the bar.

Shields nearly equalised five minutes into the second half when Kyle Patton was through on goal only for his shot to go just wide.

Just two minutes later, Hebburn doubled their lead when Robson’s corner was poorly defended and Sullivan netted the rebound from close range following a save from Darren Lough’s effort.

Moments later, it was 3-0 to the visitors as Robson beat Buchanan on the right and squared it to Armstrong who put the ball away at the far post.

North Shields picked up a goal in the 72nd minute when Carr headed home on the end of Nick Cassidy’s cross.

Eight minutes later, Buchanan lost the ball to Armstrong who went through on goal and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to make it 4-1 to Hebburn.

Captain Louis Storey nearly made it five but his one-on-one effort was saved, and then in the fourth minute of added time Armstrong’s free kick beat the keeper in the top-right corner in what was the last kick of the game.

Up next for the Hornets is Whitley Bay away on Tuesday.

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald (Christensen 32), Forster, New, Buchanan, Campbell (Morris 66), Van-Zandvliet, Patton, Carr, Cunningham (McCarthy 66).

Subs not used: Robinson and Williams

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Carson, Simpson, Lough, Taylor, Storey (capt), Robson (Suddick 86), Sullivan (Martin 86), Dibb-Fuller (Horner 76), Armstrong.

Booked: Storey

Subs not used: Grant (GK) and Donaghy.

Attendance: 364


Hebburn up to second with emphatic Whickham win

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 5-1 Whickham

Sullivan 20               Cowburn 33

Robson 58,65

Spence 88

Suddick 89

Hebburn Town moved up to second place with an emphatic victory over Whickham at the Energy Check Sports Ground today.

Luke Sullivan put the hosts in front early in the first half, before Max Cowburn equalised just over ten minutes later.

Goals from Jack Robson (2), Robbie Spence and Lewis Suddick in the second half separated the two sides and gave the Hornets a big win.

Top scorer Michael Richardson missed the game through injury but his absence didn’t appear to affect the performance.

Hebburn were in front within 20 minutes when Graeme Armstrong squared the ball to Sullivan who back-heeled it past the keeper from close range.

The Hornets nearly doubled their lead ten minutes later when Andrew Stephenson had a close range effort saved by John Mordey.

In the 33rd minute, Whickham equalised when Matty Pattison played a good ball forward to Cowburn who smashed the ball into the top-left corner on the edge of the box.

The hosts had two chances to regain their lead shortly before the break. Armstrong headed just over from a corner in the 41st minute and then Dan Groves’ close range effort was saved by the legs of Mordey two minutes later.

Hebburn regained the lead in the 58th minute when Louis Storey played through Robson whose shot on the edge of the box was dead and buried into the bottom-right corner.

Five minutes later, Stephenson had a long range effort just kept out by Mordey and then in the 65th minute Scott Oliver’s side doubled their lead through Robson. Storey made a great run down the right and played it to the winger who slid the ball past the keeper in the bottom-right corner.

In the 87th minute, Whickham had their only chance of the half when Dale Burrell’s long range effort was pushed onto the post by Andrew Jennison.

Hebburn grabbed a fourth moments later when Spence headed home from the six yard box on the end of a great cross by Stephenson.

The winner came one minute later when substitute Jason Blackburn spotted the run of Suddick and the winger beat the keeper with one touch one-on-one.

Up next for the Hornets is Consett at home next Saturday.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw, Robson (Suddick 78), Storey, Spence, Stephenson, Sullivan (Dibb-Fuller 67), Armstrong (Blackburn 81).

Booked: Sullivan

Subs not used: Read and Chow

Whickham: Mordey, Callaghan, Grieve, Little (Hedley 73), Kay, Orrell, Burrell, Scroggins, Cowburn, Pattison, Stevens.

Booked: Little and Stevens

Subs not used: Doninger and Lowther

Attendance: 160


Hebburn and West Auckland share points in six-goal thriller

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 3-3 West Auckland

Storey 27                   Purewal 19 pen

Sullivan 77 pen        Dowson 52

Armstrong 90+5     Mitchell 90+4 pen

A late Graeme Armstrong equaliser rescued a point for Hebburn Town in a dramatic 3-3 draw with West Auckland yesterday.

Amar Purewal took the lead from the spot early in the first half for the visitors, before Louis Storey equalised only for David Dowson to put West in front again shortly after the break.

Luke Sullivan equalised from the spot for the Hornets before West Auckland thought they’d won it through an Adam Mitchell penalty in added time.

Armstrong equalised however moments later.

It was the second time the two sides had met in a week with West Auckland winning the previous encounter 2-0 to knock the Hornets out of the FA Vase.

West Auckland made a great start to the game and came close just ten minutes in when Mackenzie Heaney cut in on the left and his shot went just wide.

The visitors were awarded a penalty nine minutes later when Storey brought down Dowson in the box, and Purewal buried the ball down the left-hand side to put his side in front.

Hebburn equalised in the 27th minute when Storey smashed the ball into the top-left corner on the end of a great ball in from Michael Richardson.

Chances were few and far between after that until seven minutes into the second half when West Auckland took the lead again through Dowson who cut in from the right and beat Andrew Jennison with a left-footed strike into the top-left corner.

The visitors were reduced to ten men 15 minutes later when Liam Hegarty was dismissed for a rash challenge on Andrew Stephenson.

Hebburn had a penalty ten minutes later when Armstrong was brought down in the box by Denver Morris and Sullivan stepped up and buried the ball into the bottom-left corner to equalise for the Hornets.

The third penalty of the game came four minutes later when Arran Wearmouth was brought down by Jack Donaghy, but this time Purewal missed – hitting the crossbar.

West were awarded yet another penalty in added time when Donaghy brought down Wearmouth again, and this time Mitchell placed the ball into the bottom-left corner to just beat Jennison.

Moments later, Hebburn equalised in dramatic fashion when Armstrong’s diving header on the end of Richardson’s cross beat the keeper and sent the crowd wild.

The result sees West Auckland drop down to ninth in the Northern League Division 1 table while Hebburn remain in seventh.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Read, Storey (Donaghy 55), Gilhespy, Shaw, Sullivan, Richardson, Spence (Blackburn 70), Stephenson, Suddick (Robson 67), Armstrong.

Booked: Gilhespy and Stephenson

Unused subs: Dibb-Fuller and Smith

West Auckland: Bland, Hegarty, Hunter, Cobain, Price, Purewal, Dodds, Mitchell, Snaith, Heaney (Morris 74), Dowson (Wearmouth 80).

Booked: Bland, Snaith and Dodds

Sent off: Hegarty

Unusued subs: Burnicle, Portas and Coulson.

Attendance: 210


Seaham Red Star crash out of League Cup with Dunston defeat

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Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Quarter-Final

Seaham Red Star 0-3 Dunston UTS

Fitzpatrick 10 pen Thear 14 Pearson 41

Seaham Red Star crashed out of the Northern League Cup last night with a 3-0 defeat at home to Dunston UTS at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.

First half goals from Mark Fitzpatrick, Liam Thear and Michael Pearson sunk the Star on a very disappointing evening for Craig Lynch’s side.

Lynch made four changes to his side with Lee Chapman, Codie Howe, Thomas Scott and Thomas Price coming in for David Scorer, Kieran Galbraith, Liam McBryde and Robbie Bird.

Opponents Dunston were looking to continue one of a few good cup runs they’ve had this season, having already made the Durham Challenge Cup final.

It was a less than lively start to the game but just ten minutes in, Dunston were awarded a penalty after Luke Gilhespy needlessly tripped Thear in the box. Fitzpatrick stepped up and buried the spot kick in the bottom-left corner despite Jordan Harkess diving the right way.

Gilhespy almost redeemed himself three minutes later but he headed wide on the end of the corner.

Dunston doubled their lead in the 14th minute through Thear. The winger beat Callum Munro on the left before lobbing Harkess one-on-one.

Thear nearly got his second of the night six minutes later when his header from a corner was just saved by Harkess and cleared away.

Seaham’s only real chance between then and half time came when Lee Hetherington fired over on the edge of the box in the 25th minute.

The visitors got their third of the night in the 41st minute when Pearson made a great run on the right to fire home unmarked from close range on the end of a good ball from the left.

Four minutes into the second half, Dunston nearly got a fourth when Thear’s powerful effort took a deflection off substitute Bradley Staunch before a brilliant save by Harkess to the right.

Seaham came close in the 52nd minute when Munro played a good ball through to Carl Lawson and his shot was pushed over by keeper Niall Harrison.

Substitute Alex Ramshaw then came close for the hosts 17 minutes later, but his effort was cleared off the line.

The last chance of the game came in the 85th minute when Dunston substitute Matteo Faiola’s free kick brought about a brilliant save from Harkess to the left.

After the match manager Craig Lynch said: “It was like we came here for a testimonial match not the quarter-final of the cup, which is very hard to take.

“We gave away three goals. How do you deal with that? How can you get back in it?”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Howe, Gilhespy (Staunch 45), Chapman (c), Croft, Johnston (Bailey 59), Lawson, Hetherington, Price, Scott (Ramshaw 45).

Booked: Munro

Subs not used: Hodgson and Galbraith.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Pollock, Hall, Halliday, Stafford, Pearson, Burrell (c), Heslop (Faiola 81), Thear, Fitzpatrick (Martin 67).

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Elliott, Grant and Lowther.

Attendance: 103

Seaham and Ryhope share points in feisty derby

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Ebac Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 2-2 Ryhope Colliery Welfare

Ramshaw 1                Winship 36

Hetherington 34       Rae 39

Seaham Red Star and Ryhope Colliery Welfare shared the points in an entertaining derby in the Northern League Division 1 at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium today.

Alex Ramshaw put the hosts in front early on, before Lee Hetherington doubled Seaham’s lead in the 34th minute.

Ryhope hit back however with goals in quick succession from Josh Winship and Micky Rae just before half time.

Seaham manager Chris McCabe made one change from the side that lost 3-0 at Newcastle Benfield in midweek with Lee Chapman coming in for Thomas Price, while Ryhope came searching for their first league win since November.

The Star had a dream start to the game, as 18-year-old Ramshaw volleyed home at the far post on the end of Liam Hodgson’s cracking ball just 58 seconds into the game.

Just two minutes later, Seaham came very close when Ryhope failed to defend a corner and Andrew Johnston’s header hit the crossbar.

Ryhope looked good on the counter attack and came close in the 13th minute when Josh Home-Jackson was on the end of a good through ball but his effort was well saved by Jordan Harkess to the left.

The hosts doubled their lead however 20 minutes later when Hetherington buried the ball into the bottom right corner with Ryhope keeper Jonathon Ball getting a touch to it on its way in.

Ryhope got a goal back in the 36th minute when the Seaham defence switched off following a penalty shout, enabling Winship to smash the ball into the top-left corner.

The visitors then got an equaliser just three minutes later when Elliott Woods nodded on towards Rae who headed home from close range.

Ryhope made a brilliant start to the second half, and almost took the lead when Rae rounded keeper Harkess and his effort went just wide of the goal.

Seaham thought they’d regained the lead in the 63rd minute when Robbie Bird buried the ball home but he was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.

Twelve minutes later, Harkess denied Rae’s impressive free kick to his right and then Bird forced a good save from Ball to his left in the 84th minute after a good lay-off from Hetherington.

The result means that Seaham drop to 14th in the league table while Ryhope remain in 18th.

Speaking after the game, Seaham manager Chris McCabe said: “I thought we played really well. It’s probably the best we’ve played for a long time.

“I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get the win if I’m honest, but it was a full-blood derby, it’s how a derby should be – with some good strong tackles going in by both sides.

“It was a good game for the neutral to watch. The main thing was not to get beat today and we didn’t, but we’ve got some tough games coming up.” The full interview can be found here.

Seaham face league leaders Morpeth Town next away from home on Wednesday, while Ryhope are at home to Ashington on Tuesday.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Gilhespy (Staunch 56), Scorer, Chapman, Ramshaw, Johnston (Bailey 45), Hodgson, Bird (c), McBryde, Hetherington.

Booked: Gilhespy

Subs not used: Bramley and Scott.

Ryhope Colliery Welfare: Ball, Woods, Riding, Lay, Cairns (Trewick 81), Winship, Bott (c), Nicholson, Home-Jackson, Ellis (Skidmore 68), Rae (Melvin 90).

Booked: Cairns, Riding and Winship.

Subs not used: Paxton and Cocks

Attendance: 74

Seaham suffer third consecutive home defeat


EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-2 Consett

McBryde 13                   Elliott 44  Sweet 64

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe expressed his frustration following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Consett yesterday evening.

Liam McBryde took an early lead for the hosts, but Jack Elliott equalised on the brink of half time and Michael Sweet went on to win the game for the visitors in the second half.

McCabe told SportsByte after the game: “I’m very frustrated.

“We had enough chances to win the game.

“I’m really disappointed with the two goals we conceded, but I feel like I’m saying that after every game now.”

The two sides were fairly evenly matched in the opening 10 minutes, but it wasn’t long until Seaham found an opening.

Aaron Croft played a cracking long ball to Lee Hetherington on the right-hand side, and the winger put in a great ball through to Liam McBryde who tapped home from close range in the 13th minute to score his third goal in as many games.

Seaham’s goal appeared to be a wake-up call for Consett as they began to look lively.

They came close to getting an equaliser in the 27th minute when Daniel Hawkins’ free kick around 25-yards out went just wide of the mark.

Nicholas Kane, later tried his luck from long-range in the 36th minute for the hosts but his effort went well over the bar.

Kane came off injured shortly before half-time, and then four minutes into the second half Consett came very close to taking the lead.

David Dowson was on the receiving end of a brilliant cross, but his powerless effort two-yards away was kept out by Harkess with ease.

Seaham had a rare opportunity in the 58th minute as Robbie Bird made a great run on the left-hand side only for his shot to be parried away by Ross Coombe and McBryde’s rebound went well wide of the goal.

Consett then took the lead six minutes later through Michael Sweet.

The former Billingham player was on the receiving end of a brilliant ball from Dowson on the right and he headed home with ease from close-range.

Seaham only really threatened four minutes from time, when Thomas Price made a promising run on the left only for his effort to go just wide of the goal.

The result means Seaham drop to ninth position ahead of their clash with bottom side Billingham Synthonia on Saturday whilst Consett move up to sixth.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Hodgson (Chapman 80), Scorer, Staunch, Price, Kane (Bramley 45), Croft, Hetherington, Bird, Davis (T Scott 76), McBryde.

Booked: Harkess

Subs not used: Galbraith and Wilkinson.

Consett: Coombe, Lawrence (Rogan 65), McKinnon, Purewal, Slocombe, Kay, Hawkins, Lavery, Elliott (Smith 80), Sweet (Mackay 70) , Dowson.

Booked: Slocombe and Lavery

Subs not used: Cassidy and J Scott.

Attendance: 112

The full interview with Chris McCabe is available here.