|Billingham Town 4 Thornaby 1
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|Author:||Interpol [ Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:50 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Billingham Town 4 Thornaby 1|
BILLINGHAM TOWN (2) 4 THORNABY (1) 1
Hutchinson 19p, 23, 54p Mitchell 28p
This game will be remembered for one salient fact; Today, was the day that the mercurial striker Craig Hutchinson, scored his 48th, 49th and then 50th goal of a phenomenal campaign. While next seasons 50 year kits were on display before and during the game, it was fitting that Craig reached his half century and surely the club record is now there for the taking! Last season, Hutchinson plied his trade for Hartlepool FC until Barry Oliver brought him over two months into the season. There was a rawness about him; a tendency to dribble too much or hold onto the ball but the talent was there, it just needed harnessing. During an interview, earlier on in the current campaign he said "I usually can't hit a barn door!" after bagging a hat-trick against Bedlington; And it would be apt if he could continue where he left off with another goal spree next week at the Dr Pit Welfare Park, home of the famous Terriers. Including Hutchinson, Luke Hogan and Elliott Beddow looked a yard quicker than of late but all three benefited from seeing more of the ball going forward rather than backs to goal. Clayton Macdonald put in a man's shift in the middle of the park, in the knowledge that competition for places will become more intense with only nine games of the season to go. Speaking to Barry Oliver after the game, he felt there were areas that needed work on and the Town back four still looked uneasy when high balls or crosses came into the box. On the plus side, Stephen Oakley had a little run out and fingers crossed he will be able to start at Bedlington next week. Thornaby, who are embroiled in a relegation battle had their moments, particularly in the first half but Town's notable fitness levels and overall superiority were self evident during the second period. A fourth 4-1 victory in 2017 should have given the squad a huge confidence boost and news of Ryton's comeback to earn a point in a 4-4 thriller against Stockton proves there is still a long way to go...for all the top four sides regardless of form!!
Oliver made two changes to the eleven that lost at Stockton last week; Matty Osmond and Clayton Macdonald started in the middle of the park while Jack Connor dropped back to centre half. Jamie Davis fell ill on the morning so Josh Keogh was drafted back into the squad despite being set for a run out with the reserves (Town 4-3 Staithes Athletic). Thornaby must have had a scout at the Ryton game because Paul Burton set his side out in a similar manner, playing with three centre backs and the two wingers tucking inside. And it took Town a quarter of an hour before they created any openings; Hogan being the focal point of Billingham's best moves. The winger found Dickinson in the box and Towns second top scorer layed the ball back for Hutchinson who shot straight at Liam Gibbs. Hutchinson was causing Thornaby all sorts of problems and on eighteen minutes, he somehow managed to turn two defenders but his curling strike just evaded the top corner. Town didn't have long to wait for the opening goal because a minute later they went ahead via the penalty spot; Hutchinson's cross took a deflection and Michael Joseph lent in with his right arm, leaving Bernard Law no choice but to award a penalty. Up stepped HUTCHINSON, sending Gibbs the wrong way with a clinical finish. Four minutes later, Town extended their lead and once again the move came down the left side; Lee Moore released Hogan and his sublime cross landed perfectly for HUTCHINSON to head home. Fair play to Thornaby because they recovered and were duly rewarded; Joseph saw his header strike the top of the crossbar and then Mattie Crossen, needlessly scythed down Gary Mitchell inside the box. Another clear penalty decision and Mitchell beat Alex Leeds fair and square. Town lost their way for the remainder of the half and Leeds did well to palm over Joseph's free kick from thirty yards.
HT Billingham Town 2 Thornaby 1
Billingham had an almighty lucky escape on forty eight minutes when former Town player Lewis Green waltzed through unopposed inside the box but drove his shot wide. Six minutes later, Town restored their two goal advantage which left Thornaby manager Paul Burton looking forlorn on the sidelines. Beddow's long ball clearance shouldn't have caused the away side too much trouble but once Stephen Morrison let the ball bounce, Hutchinson pounced and when he attempted to round Gibbs the keeper brought him down. Under the new ruling, it was unclear whether Gibbs should have received a red card but Law issued the keeper with a yellow. HUTCHINSON earned his hat-trick by going the other way this time and afterwards he was reluctant to be interviewed on his achievement... "interview me after I break the club record". Where as the first half belonged to Hogan, the second belonged to Beddow; After an assist and an effort dragged wide, the winger scored Town's fourth and final goal. BEDDOW scored his first Town goal against Thornaby last season; he scored his first goal of this season at Teesdale Park and he made it three goals in games against them with a fine left footed strike from the edge of the box. The final twenty five minutes saw five substitutions which effectively disrupted the flow of the game but the match was won and Town ran out comfortable winners in the end.
FT Billingham Town 4 Thornaby 1
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|Author:||Neil M [ Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:30 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Billingham Town 4 Thornaby 1|
All the goals plus after match interview with Clayton McDonald now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ovcRIlJl31o
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