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 Post subject: Esh Winning 2 Billingham Town 2
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:53 pm 

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Soulsby 37p Hutchinson 24
Hewitson 82 Dunlavey 31

Kai Hewitson is the type of player opposing fans hate; The pantomime villain, tall, stocky, physical and today, a hero for Esh Winning, scoring the goal that could well keep this fantastic little club within the northern league. His performance, along with Max Stoker, Matty Soulsby, Mark Fish (more like Billy The Fish!!) and seven other yellow shirted players, epitomised how far spirit, desire and hard work can get you in this league. From a Town perspective, going from two goals to the good and then clinging on for a point was difficult to take but not unexpected. As well as Town played in the first half, in fact total domination would be an understatement, there was always a nagging doubt that missed opportunities, the slope and the unpredictable nature of the wind would cost Town dear.....and it did. That is to take nothing away from Esh Winning's performance; They deserved a point, possibly more but a win today would have made Easter Monday's derby with Synthonia much more interesting than just bragging rights at stake. At the full time whistle, Esh celebrated a well earned point; At Central Avenue, the Synners celebrated promotion into division one but in the long term, Town and Synthonia are heading for different destinations. Maybe the Synners have some exciting away fixtures next season, but inevitably, playing their home games at Norton must feel like an anti-climax, while Town continue their steady progression on and off the pitch, with on going ground improvements and an ever increasing fan base! Today's draw was disappointing; however, Town as a club are looking at the bigger picture and this season's successes is the just the beginning!!!

Once again, Barry Oliver was forced to make changes due to injury and suspension. Clayton Macdonald played at right back, a throw back to the beginning of the season and Lee Moore shifted across to centre back. Chris Dickinson partnered Matty Osmond in central midfield while Connor Dunlavey was handed the left wing role and Lee Hogan started on the right; Jamie Davis returned from suspension, dropping in behind Craig Hutchinson. Despite the changes, Town were quickest out the blocks as plenty of chances came and went; Dickinson saw his snap shot saved by Fish and McDonald drove over from twenty five yards. Dunlavey also tried his look with a fierce drive and Stephen Oakley headed wide from Dickinson's corner. Fifteen minutes gone and it was still one way traffic; Hutchinson created a chance from nothing, with a shot on the turn, forcing Fish to dive to his right and getting a hand to the ball. Five minutes later and Davis evaded the Esh back line but had difficulty in controlling the ball at chest height and by the time he got the shot away, Fish had narrowed the angles. The home side's tactics revolved around long balls in behind Town's defence but the wind negated this option and Esh Winning's best move of the half came by keeping the ball on the ground. Callum Boakes showed great strength on the left side, finding Hewitson lurking in the box and Leeds had to pull off an excellent one handed save to deny the former Tow Lawer frontman. That attempt garnered an instant response from Town and the away side took a much deserved lead on twenty four minutes. Hogan sprayed the ball out to the right where Macdonald had time and space to pick out HUTCHINSON in the box to score his fifty ninth goal of an amazing season. And seven minutes later, Town doubled their lead from an outstanding piece of football; Dickinson played a simple pass to Davis who delightfully chipped the ball to DUNLAVEY and the ex Spennymoor man volleyed home with a sweet strike with the outside of his right boot. Against the run of play, Esh pulled one back from the penalty spot and the goal, indeed both of their goals had an element of controversy to it. Macdonald appeared to have played the ball first but referee M. McMahon deemed that he had taken the man (Boakes) first and then the ball; Soulsby stepped up and drove the ball down the middle.

HT Esh Winning 1 Billingham Town 2

Town continued to be dangerous going forward but, ultimately the second half belonged to the home side. Historically, Billingham's Achilles Heel has always come from aerial balls into the box or from long punts upfield and Town were lucky to escape unscathed on fifty one minutes; Joe Wilkinson launched one such ball forward as gaps started to appear in Town's defence; Hewitson got on the end of it and somehow dragged his effort wide when clean through on goal. Another fortuitous escape came on sixty nine minutes; Leeds flapped at a corner and Stoker's snap shot took a bounce and then struck the top of the crossbar. Town's best chance came from a strong run by Hutchinson and although two defenders hindered his progress, the ball rolled to Dunlavey who struck a low drive that Fish saved with an outstretched leg. With eight minutes to go, Esh equalized and cue the celebrations from the home bench; Once again Town failed to deal with the long ball forward and although there were grounds for handball as Andy Clarkson lent in with his left arm, Esh deserved a point when Hewitson finished well from the edge of the box. From a winning position, all of a sudden Town were holding on for a point and Leeds superbly kept out Kieran Day's backward header that looked to be heading into the top corner! A disappointing result but a hugely entertaining game!! Roll on Monday!!!

FT Esh Winning 2 Billingham Town 2

Graham Hutchinson
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