Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:54 pm
Updated Monday 22:40
BILLINGHAM TOWN v HEATON STANNINGTON PREVIEW
Tuesday 21st March, Bedford Terrace, 7.30pm k.o.
On Tuesday night, Town and Stannington face each other in what promises to be a mouth watering fixture. Both clubs need the three points if either of them are to stand any chance of staying in the promotion race. Whoever drops the points, it will be game over and that is why I don't think the match will end up in a draw! There is no pressure on the away side and they will visit Bedford Terrace in terrific form while Billingham Town have stumbled of late at the wrong time. A win for Town will put them back in contention and they have a massive opportunity to take nine points from three home games in a row. If they can do it, then the Easter Monday derby against Synthonia could become the biggest Billingham derby fixture of all time!
The Stan are on an excellent run, winning ten of their last eleven matches and their only defeat came to league leaders, Team Northumbria. The Tynesiders were in a false league position until recently because of their quirky fixture list that has left them with a backlog of home games to complete. The Newcastle club are the form side in the division and they will make the journey southwards with an extremely strong squad at their disposal. Midfielders Dean Imray and Joshua Holland are both in fine scoring fettle and so too is defender Jordan Ray. Fellow strikers Sam Walton and Paul Blackett both scored in the 3-3 thriller back in September but Walton has moved on while Blackett recovers from a long term injury. However, the firepower comes from top scorer Dan Robinson and Jonathan Wright who returned to the club back in January. Centre backs Jordan Ray and captain Joe Wear provide a formidable defensive partnership while left sided midfielder, Dean Deagle began his career at Hull City and then became a stalwart at Ashington.
ONE TO WATCH: JONATHAN WRIGHT
A few eyebrows were raised when Wright decided to leave Bishop Auckland for Heaton Stannington but it was certainly a smart move from the Tyneside club. Wright has netted in five of his last six games and the club will be hoping he maintains his current form, especially now that Walton has signed for Alnwick Town.
RECENT RESULTS/AWAY FORM/HEAD TO HEAD
Heaton Stannington 4-1 Brandon (Wright, Johnson, Jones, Yates)
Willington 0-3 Heaton Stannington (Wright, Imray, Holland)
Heaton Sdannington 2-0 Durham (Robinson, Holland)
Tow Law 2-3 Heaton Stannington (Wright, Robinson, Imray)
Heaton Stannington 2-0 Esh Winning (Wright, Ray)
Heaton Stannington 4-0 Bedlington (Deagle, Wright, Ray, Johnson)
LLDWWWWWWLWWLLWW W10 D1 L5 F30 A20 League Table: 5th Form Table: 1st
Last Season: Heaton Stannington 0-2 Billingham Town Billingham Town 2-4 Heaton Stannington
This Season: Heaton Stannington 3-3 Billingham Town
Mark Dixon becomes available after suspension, meaning Lee Moore will revert to right back. Alex Leeds failed a fitness test on Saturday and looks certain to be out for several weeks, meaning Kieren Proctor will make his home debut, becoming Town's sixth goalkeeper of the season. Jamie Davis made a major impact, coming on as second half substitute over the weekend and could be set for a start. Aaron Foley looks set for a return to Thornaby and could be involved in their game against Tow Law. Mattie Crossen is out due to injury.
SQUAD FROM: subject to change.
Proctor, Moore, Dixon, Redman, Oakley, Osmond, Connor, Davis, Macdonald, Lavan, Keogh, Dunlavey, Hogan, Beddow, Dickinson, Hutchinson.
This is as tough as it gets at the minute. We are in a hit and miss form and they are top of the form league and winning games for fun but after Saturdays game Baz and myself need to give the lads a lift and get the confidence back so that the lads all want the ball and get the passing game going again. We all know they can and it's another massive game because if we don't get anything but a win from the game then promotion will have gone. We will be making some changes from the weekends game to try and freshen things up. Definitely out is Mattie Crossen due to a thigh injury but we all know that this is a hard but winnable game and the lads want to put the Bedlington result to bed and show what they are made of so we need the fans to be loud so as to help give them a big boost. UTT COYB!!!!
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