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 Post subject: WHICKHAM PREVIEW
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:42 pm 
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WHICKHAM PREVIEW: HOME LEAGUE

Town have played plenty of cup football of late and there is more to come next week but after two weeks of no league action, Billingham have two games and six points on offer in the coming day's. On Saturday, Whickham travel to Bedford Terrace and then on Wednesday night, Town face Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at Kingsley Park. Despite being the form team since our home defeat to Northallerton, Town sit in 11th place which undoubtedly is a false position. Whickham, who are in 7th in the table have played four more games than Town and a home win would close the gap between the sides to only two points.

The Opposition:
The results listed below indicate where Whickham's strengths are - in defence! Five clean sheets in their last six games is enough information for the Town squad to know how tough this fixture could be for them. The Home Guard are a tall, physical group who work extremely hard, chasing in packs and give the opposition little time on the ball. Our encounters usually produce plenty of yellow cards and Whickham's disciplinary record doesn't make pretty reading! The goal threat will come from Mark Fitzpatrick and Joe Mole who share eighteen league strikes between them. The midfield drive will come from captain Ross Peareth and Craig Jelly. Chad Collins is a dangerous impact player and David Clasper impressed in defence when Town left the Glebe in August with a 2.2 draw.

Recent Results:
Whickham 2-0 Darlington RA
Jarrow Roofing 0-1 Whickham (League Cup)
Northallerton 2-0 Whickham
Billingham Synthonia 0-1 Whickham
Whickham 0-0 Easington Colliery
Whickham 0-0 Consett (DCC Consett 5-3 pens)

Last season: Billingham Town 1 Whickham 0
League Position: Town 11th.... Whickham 7th

Squad News:
Finally, Stephen Oakley has completed his three match suspension and looks set for a return to league action. Barry Oliver will have to decide who will play alongside him, either Danny Rowbotham or Mattie Crossen. New signing Matthew Osmond should join up with the squad but Town do have injury concerns over Lee Moore and Lee Jones. Jamie Davis has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Popp's Pointer's:
This is always a tough physical game against another team that are above us in the league and they have had some good results. We are on home soil and teams now know that we are a force to be reckoned with in this league whether it's home or away; like always it's about how we prepair and set up on the day and as always if we get into our passing game then we can beat anyone but we first need to match whickham's physicality and let them know that we can put it about as well as play. It's another game that we should be pushing for the 3 points UTT!

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Graham Hutchinson
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