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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:14 pm 

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Saturday 25th February, Bedford Terrace, 3.00pm k.o

Back in October, Town rolled off a sequence of wins. The odds of performing a similar event within the same season must be at least 100/1. With the recent uproar in the media over dubious betting odds involving pies or pasties, Town's results would have paid out a handsome dividend if Sun Bets had shown an interest in our games. Town's current numbers are the same as Sky customer services contact centre and it would be apt if Gary Neville or Jamie Redknapp could analyse this uncanny run of results. Ryton were involved in the initial 5.0 sequence and also last season's fixture ended dramatically when Craig Hutchinson scored deep into injury time, securing a hard thought 1.0 victory. Can Town win again 5.0 or 4.1 or even 1.0?? The scoreline is inconsequential......all that matters is another three points........and a winning bet if you can find a local bookmaker who's prepared to pay out!!

If this game appeared on a football coupon, the majority of pools followers would have this down as a banker home win! Town only have to look back seven days ago to know that such thoughts are absolute folly! Billingham may have won 4-1 at Darlington R.A last week but manager, Barry Oliver was clearly concerned with what he witnessed. Ryton had a scout watching the game but I'm not sure what he will have learned from events but I did notice a few references to long balls in our box! If Ryton are to upset the apple cart, they will have to end a twelve game winless run on the road and nine straight defeats since a creditable 1-1 draw at Stockton Town. In January they lost their long serving centre half, Adam Chrotowski to Team Northumbria and Joshua Holland to Heaton Stannington, back in November. New manager, Peter Bryson arrived a month ago from Wearside League club Gateshead Leam Rangers and realised straight away that the squad needed fresh faces if they are to retain their Northern League status. Bryson could only call on thirteen players against Synthonia and worse followed when twelve turned up at Tow Law. Unsurprisingly, Bryson brought with him several lads from Leam Rangers; In came midfielder Joe Adams, striker Liam McVickar and defender Leon Kane. Also, former England schoolboy international Luke Watson signed on from Bedlington Terriers. Ryton still have experience in players such as full back Leigh Shickle who doesn't mind the odd tough challenge and they will need Sam Moore's goals to guide them away to safety.

The tall centre forward had a productive 2015/16 season in front of goal but the current campaign has been a different story altogether. As the team struggled, so has Moore but under the new regime their are signs of a change in fortune. Moore scored both goals in the 3-2 reversal at Esh Winning recently and also netted the week before at Team Northumbria. In our previous three outings, Moore was fairly anonymous but he will be looking to put that right on Saturday afternoon!

Willington 1-0 Ryton
Tow Law 4-0 Ryton
Ryton 1-2 Billingham Synthonia (Bell)
Esh Winning 3-2 Ryton (Moore 2)
Team Northumbria 2-1 Ryton (Moore)
Ryton 1-4 Darlington R.A (Turnbull)


Last Season: Billingham Town 1-0 Ryton Ryton 0-3 Billingham Town
This Season: Ryton 0-5 Billingham Town (Beddow, Hogan, Hutchinson 2, Dunlavey)

Elliott Beddow came off for the reserves last week with a muscle strain as a precaution but won't be risked and Matty Osmond is unavailable due to work commitments. Mark Dixon faces another suspension, his third of the season and will most certainly miss the derby against Stockton Town on March 4th. Stephen Oakley had the luxury of a week off from duty and suffered no repercussions to his recent knee injury during training. On the eve of the Darlington R.A game, Oliver signed centre half Matthew Ridley from Darlington; The teenager came through the Quakers youth set up and will train with the first team squad. Midfielder, Danny Maloney is also back in training after suffering from a slipped disc in his lumbar spine that has kept him out of action for nearly a year!

SQUAD FROM: (maybe involved with reserves)
Dawson, Moore, Redman, Dixon, Crossen, Rowbotham, Oakley, Ridley, Connor, Macdonald, Lavan, Keogh, Davis, Dunlavey, Hogan, Dickinson, Hutchinson.

We should have way too much strength all over the pitch for Ryton but they seem to play better away from home. We will be making some changes from last week's game but there is no Matty Oz and no Elliott due to work and injury also one or two of the lads will be playing for the reserves. Another potential banana skin but as always, as long as we approach the game with the right attitude then there is no reason why we won't bag another three points and keep our good winning streak going! Bring it on!! UTT!!!

WEATHER: Light Cloud 11 Degrees (chance of wind gusts 45mph)

Graham Hutchinson
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