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 Post subject: Billingham Town 7 Bedlington Terriers 0
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BILLINGHAM TOWN (3) 7 BEDLINGTON TERRIERS (0) 0
Davis 1, Oakley 11, Hillerby 28
Connor 59, 71, Dixon 65,
Maddison 85

There are games when it’s a struggle to come up with creative writing! This was a game where i couldn’t keep up with chance after chance from a Town side that kept the Terriers well and truly under leash. Bedlington came into the game with a poor disciplinary record but although they were once again, reduced to ten men, their bark was much, much, worse than their bite. Put simply, Town were outstanding and the juggernaut doesn’t appear to be approaching the buffers anytime soon. And if there were any misconceptions that Town would rely heavily on Craig Hutchinson for goals this season, then how about this for a stat... Four games in and how many individual players have gotten themselves on the scoresheet? Take away the own goal at Jarrow and Reece Kenney losing out to a Jake Burns faux pas last week and the answer would be a staggering twelve!! Played four, won four, for 18, against 3. Top of the table...job done.....but it’s only August and a long long way to go yet. Dare I say, today’s performance and score line was reminiscent of Barry Oliver’s second season in charge and the similarities are striking. The salient difference for today’s burgeoning crop of players is the strength in depth of a multifaceted squad. Players are rested or unavailable, others come in and do a job and then some. Yes it’s early days, but it’s not pure hyperbole to suggest we could be witnessing something truly special here!

Bedlington were only ever on equal terms for less than a minute! Matthew Robinson’s long throw in fell perfectly for Jamie DAVIS who stroked home from close range. An early warning sign the Terriers failed to heed. The second came after eleven minutes and it was the commanding Stephen OAKLEY with a powerful header - benefitting from Joe HIllerby’s pin point free kick. And the game was more or less over when goalkeeper Dan Stewart took out Craig Hutchinson with an incongruous challenge outside the box. After several minutes on the pitch, looking prolapsed, Stewart eventually rose to his feet only to be issued with a red card. Chris Locke put on the gloves and did well to get a hand on HILLERBY’S free kick but alas, the ball still found the back of the net. Hillerby came close to doubling his tally with a speculative shot from twenty yards which rattled the crossbar. With Town now in cruise control mode, Davis breezed through the Terrier rearguard but Locke did well to keep the ball out with his legs.

HT BILLINGHAM TOWN 3 BEDLINGTON TERRIERS 0

The second half was pretty much one way traffic. Robinson connected with the outside of the post after a trademark nonchalant cross from Elliott Beddow and then Jack CONNOR scored with a beautiful curling shot from twenty yards - the ball arching away from Locke - it really was an exquisite strike. Goal five was much deserved for a player who doesn’t always get the plaudits. The role of the full back often goes missing in match reports but that is to take nothing away from Mark Dixon and Lee Moore whom were in imperious form today. Moore is the best right back in the division - no debate about it but it was Dixon who impressed today with his driving runs, and his tackles to go with his usual tenacity. The said DIXON goal was a header of strength personified from Robinson’s near post corner. Another player to stand out, but then again they all did, was Hillerby and it was his skill that set up CONNOR for Town’s fifth. Bedlington’s John Sherlock had a couple of efforts off target but that was as good as it got for the despondent Northumbrians. There was still time for a seventh and Dan MADDISON stroked home after Hutchinson’s impudent flick on, gave the substitute a golden opportunity to score. The pleasing aspect of the result, was a clean sheet to go along with the whirlwind scoreline. These are happy days and makes creative writing - or attempted creative writing - an absolute pleasure!

FT BILLINGHAM TOWN 7 BEDLINGTON TERRIERS 0

Squad:
Patton, Moore, Dixon (Joynes 67), Oakley (c), Summers, Hillerby (Maddison 72), Beddow, Connor, Hutchinson, Davis (Hogan 60), Robinson.
Unused: Kirkbride, S. kenny.






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