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 Post subject: EASINGTON PREVIEW
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BILLINGHAM TOWN v EASINGTON COLLIERY PREVIEW
Saturday 11th February, Bedford Terrace, 3.00pm k.o

After a two week interlude, Town are back in league action against Easington this coming Saturday afternoon. Once again, Town are having to play catch up against their promotion rivals but a win today would effectively end the Colliery-men's hopes of playing in division one next season.

THE OPPOSITION:
Up until Christmas, Easington were amongst the chasing pack along with ourselves but 2017 has proven to be a disappointing year so far. Defeats to sides in the top eight have effectively derailed their season but it has been the manner of those defeats that will have concerned Easington Manager Paul Frame. A heavy 1.5 home loss to Stockton Town would have knocked the Players confidence and the nadir point came a fortnight ago when Northallerton Town hammered them 6.0 at Ainderby Road. Even perennial strugglers on the road, Darlington Railway Athletic managed to leave Easington with a point last weekend. The free fall is difficult to assess because the core of the squad that began the season with full of promise is still in place unless injuries to key figures has hit them hard. Influential players such as Luke Page and Reece Kenney still control the midfield and In Kyle Donaldson they have a quality goalkeeper. And upfront, ex Newcastle United Academy graduate Joe Kerridge can be clinical in front of goal when in form. In an attempt to arrest the slide, Frame has brought in David Paul from Bedlington Terriers and midfielder Callum Hope from Washington. Early indications are that Easington could have six players missing for various reasons but they expect striker Brian Norton to pass a fitness test. Despite their aberration in form, Easington are clearly capable of an upset and will be hoping to test Billingham early on in the game in case of any rustiness amongst the Town players. That should not be the case though as Barry Oliver and Graham Popple have had the lads in for twice weekly training sessions in an attempt to improve fitness levels, something Oliver took great pride in last season.

RECENT RESULTS/AWAY FORM/HEAD TO HEAD
EASINGTON 1-1 DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC (Page)
NORTHALLERTON 6-0 EASINGTON
EASINGTON 2-3 BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA (Kenney, Page)
THORNABY 3-6 EASINGTON (Kerridge 2, Goodey, Martin, Pearson, Pounder)
CONSETT 7-3 EASINGTON (DCC Kerridge 2, Kenney)
EASINGTON 1-5 STOCKTON (Pounder)

Won 8 Drawn 2 Lost 4 For 35 Against 26 WWLWWLWWdDWLWL
Last Season: BILLINGHAM TOWN 1-1 EASINGTON EASINGTON 3-1 BILLINGHAM TOWN
This Season: EASINGTON 0-1 BILLINGHAM TOWN (Dickinson)

Player To Watch: Luke Page
Highlighted by Barry during the April Preview as the danger-man and indeed he was when Easington ran out comfortable 3.1 winners on a cold Thursday night. The playmaker, and has an eye for goal.

SQUAD NEWS:
Chris Dickinson required stitches to his left thigh against Blyth Town and has had two weeks to recover but will not be risked with a busy March period on the horizon. Competition for the two central midfield positions is hotting up, especially with the arrival of Josh Keogh and Matty Osmond nearing full fitness. Aaron Foley who hasn't figured since the 6.0 rout at Ryton back in November is also back in training. Jamie Davis missed the Stockton game due to illness but made an instant impact when he was introduced as a substitute against Blyth Town and will be looking to regain the number seven shirt. Both Connor Dunlavey and Elliott Beddow impressed for the reserves last week and will rejoin the first team squad.

SQUAD FROM:
Dawson, Moore, Dixon, Redman, Rowbotham, Crossen, Oakley, Osmond, Connor, Davis, Macdonald, Lavan, Keogh, Dunlavey, Hogan, Beddow, Hutchinson.

TOWN STAT:
Since joining Town on a permanent basis from Bishop Auckland, Thomas Dawson has only been on the losing side on one occasion during seventeen league matches. A 90th minute goal for Durham City forward Kyle Patton was enough to take all three points, all the way back in early October.

POPP'S POINTERS:
TBC


WEATHER: Heavy Rain with moderate winds, 4 degrees.

Graham Hutchinson
Press Officer








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