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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:37 pm 

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On Thursday night, Town play the first of five games in ten days, beginning with a trip to Crook Town - a fixture that has already been postponed on three separate occasions. Town are desperate for a win with only one victory from their last eight matches - a run that will eventually see Billingham slip into the bottom half of the table. Other clubs face a far more arduous retinue in an attempt to complete their fixture quotations and inevitably, we will see inconsistent results. However, despite Town’s lack of form, they should pick up all three points on Thursday against a Crook side who are in free fall after a promising start to the season (valiant 3-2 defeat at Whickham on Tuesday). And that fixture is quickly followed by a rare home game at Bedford Terrace, with Chester-Le-Street the visitors on Saturday. Another physical approach will be expected from the Moors who fought back from 0-2 down to earn a point in our most recent encounter in front of a vitriolic home support. While Billingham were 3-1 down at Willington over the weekend, Chester were in the process of dismantling Alnwick Town’s rearguard - the game ending up 7-2 in Moors favour. History suggests that neither the Crook or Chester game will lack goals and all three sides have looked vulnerable defensively. In theory, Billingham and Chester have little to play for but Crook will be looking nervously over their shoulders with Darlington Railway Athletic and Alnwick fighting for Northern League survival.

With both games taking place within forty three hour timeframe, the squad could change depending on availability and injuries. Duo Mark Ward and Jamie Bellamy should be available on Thursday night but not so on the Saturday. Mark Dixon returned to the side at Willington and should start at Crook as long as the fullback doesn’t suffer from any after affects having been sidelined with an ankle injury. Striker Jason Blackburn is set for a three match suspension having seen a late red at Hall Lane but Clayton Macdonald returns from his one match ban. Elliott Beddow has scored in each of his last three games and his days playing on the wing could now be at an end. It was this time last year when Beddow showed his natural ability as a centre forward and the clubs policy of steadily introducing him into that role is starting to bear fruit. Meanwhile, Ash Lavan is two short of the twenty goal mark.

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