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 Post subject: Tow Law 0 Billingham Town 4
PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:11 pm 
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TOW LAW TOWN (0) 0 BILLINGHAM TOWN (2) 4
Dickinson 23p, Beddow 30,
Dunlavey 75, 90

Today was the final game of the season, but for one player, the end has come at the wrong moment in time. Connor Dunlavey signed for Town, shortly after the disappointing home defeat to Northallerton and showed a glimpse of his ability in a cameo performance against Willington in the FA Vase. Habitual hamstring problems, combined with coming to terms with the physical aspects of the northern league hindered initial progress but in recent weeks, we have seen a player whom with further development, could be a major asset next season if he believes his future lies with Billingham Town. Luke Hogan and Elliott Beddow have been the predominant wingers but with the latter's future potentially in a more central role, Dunlavey has the necessary attributes to make the left wing berth his own. The ex Spennymoor Town man had a hand in all four goals, bursting the myth that Town don't score goals when Craig Hutchinson draws a blank. Town's top marksman was probably on a sun lounger while Dunlavey and co tore apart a youthful looking Tow Law side to give the blue-wigged fans a memorable seasonal send off. The first goal arrived via the penalty spot after Dunlavey was upended and the second came from an assist. The third and fourth goals were either nonchalant or sublime, depending on your point of view! Elliott Beddow was another to make an impression, despite being kicked at or roughened up by a nervous Tow Law backline who didn't know whether to stay tight, drop off or let him work the flanks. In the final twenty minutes, Tow Law had to play with ten men giving both Dunlavey and Beddow the chance to put the Lawyers under the sword. This 4-0 victory was a far cry from the opening day of the season when Town and Tow Law drew 2-2 in a game Town should of won but nearly lost! Billingham have moved on since then and one can only hope, manager Barry Oliver can keep at least 80% of the current squad in an attempt to win promotion next season. The odds of doing so would be much shorter if they can keep the likes of Dunlavey and Beddow!!!

The opening fifteen minutes were even as Town came to terms with the sloping pitch, bobbly surface, daisies and dandelions (and the odd nettle). Glen Caygill had the first real chance of the game, seeing his looping header drop onto the back netting. Despite it being an end of season affair, there was needle in the game and Mark Dixon was fortunate to receive only a yellow card for a rash challenge on Jordan Lee. Once the game settled down, Town upped the gears and took the lead on twenty three minutes; Dunlavey weaved his way into the box but Jake Henderson clipped the back of his heels for a clear penalty. With Hutchinson away on holiday, Chris DICKINSON was on spot kick duties and he coolly placed the ball into the bottom corner to score his first goal since the win at Darlington Railway Athletic. Seven minutes later and Town extended their lead; Dunlavey breezed past Ellis Tait and found Beddow hovering inside the box. BEDDOW still had it all to do but he shifted the ball from his left foot onto his right and drilled the ball into the back of the net. Tow Law rallied inside the final ten minutes of the half and Alex Leeds did well to palm away a fierce drive from Kieran Barker and Dean Thexton should have done better with a glancing header after good work from Lee Blades.

HT Tow Law Town 0 Billingham Town 2

Tow Law held most of the early possession without creating any clear openings and it was Town who nearly trebled their lead on fifty nine minutes. Dickinson's corner was only half cleared to Ashley Lavan who flashed his shot across goal and Dunlavey was unable to guide the ball home at the back post. Once again, Dunlavey was in the thick of the action, waltzing past three defenders but he could only bundle the ball straight at Robbie Anderson. The game virtually ended as a contest on seventy minutes when Caygill was issued with a red card for bringing down Hogan, just inches outside the box. It only took Billingham five minutes to make the extra man count and it was done by instinct; Beddow's corner was flicked on by Dixon and DUNLAVEY cleverly back-heeled into the net leaving Anderson stranded. By this time, Tow Law were sick of the sight of Dunlavey and Kelvin Thear saw yellow for scything down the man of the match. DUNLAVEY had the final say though, scoring the fourth and final goal, volleying home from a move that included Josh Keogh, Gary Redman and Beddow. It was a magnificent way to finish off the season.... let's hope Dunlavey, and the other players stay on for another exciting season when it all begins again on the 5th of August!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 am 
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