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 Post subject: BUGLE NO 13
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 5:45 pm 
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UPS AND DOWNS & FROM THE BRINK TO ENLIGHTENMENT! PART ONE.

Town end their season this Saturday against Alnwick and I’ve decided to have a look at nine games that stuck in the memory. I have mixed it up in terms of match order; Excellent, followed by good and then bad! Admittedly, I have missed a fair amount of league games so there will be notable omissions such as the 4-1 defeat of Whickham at The Glebe but on the plus side, the home defeat to Darlington R.A and the loss at West Allotment Celtic miss the cut! Still, there is plenty of football to pick through and possibly some surprise choices! Plus I summarise the last couple of months and end with my own personal thoughts on the future.

EXCELLENT: JARROW 0 TOWN 1
The day was baking hot and the pitch was in superb condition. Jarrow began their inaugural season in the Northern League in a positive manner and were tough nuts to crack on the day. Actually, the game was pretty uneventful but Town’s class shone in the end when Ashley Lavan came off the bench to win the game with a fine solo goal. The win proved that the squad could grind out results to stay in touch with the early leaders.

GOOD: TOWN 3 DURHAM 1
Durham had done the double over Town the previous season and again, a young talented side under Ollie Hotchkiss gave as good as they got. This, time we came away with the spoils. Town played well and showed more attacking zeal than they had done previously. Hartlepool United loanee, James Travers impressed albeit his stay at the club was only a transient one.

BAD: NORTHALLERTON 3 TOWN 0
An early fixture between two sides who were expected to be challenging for promotion. Town were second best throughout in a display that shocked many observers. Barry Oliver quit after the game but went back on his decision when the Town management, including Richard Bloomfield and Chris Storey promised financial backing.

EXCELLENT: ESH WINNING 3 TOWN 4
The day supporters turned up in force to prove their unbridled backing for the squad but not for the regime in charge. Town made it hard work after surrendering a convincing lead but battled back to win the game. After only two weeks of significant campaigning, supporters got their club back!

GOOD: TOWN 1 HEATON STANNINGTON 0
Only several days ago but made the list for several reasons. The Stan had won their previous six games in a row including a victory at Northallerton but on the day looked decidedly ordinary, in part down to a punishing fixture schedule. The day was also a commemorative one in celebrating Harry Taylor Seniors memory.

BAD: CROOK 2 TOWN 1
Goal apart, Town never looked like scoring again in a game to forget. One of the rare occasions where the squad looked lethargic and disinterested. Did them some good though because since then they have beaten Chester le Street 3-1, Heaton Stannington 1-0, plus draws at Durham 1-1 & AFC Blyth 1-1.

EXCELLENT: RYTON & CRAWCROOK ALBION 0 TOWN 8
First league game of the season and Town destroyed Ryton, thanks to Ash Lavan’s man on a mission performance, scoring 5 on the night. Home fans, prematurely thought they had seen the champions elect but it was certainly a night to remember.

GOOD: TOWN 3 CHESTER LE STEET 1
One of Town’s bogey sides, who have a tendency to win games against us with headed goals. They opened the scoring, again with a headed goal but in the main Town eliminated that threat with a change of tactics. Stephen Oakley with the height, Kris Summers mopping up and the full backs tucking in worked a treat. Late goals by Lavan and Elliott Beddow secured a deserved win after a negative run of results.

BAD: TOWN 1 HEBBURN 4
Town’s promotion hopes began to falter around this period in September/October. Veteran striker Paul Chow proved too hot to handle on the day. Hebburn have been consistent all season and are well placed in the league table and look set for a return to division one, a season after the club came close to folding.

It would be bad form to end on a bad game so Town 6 Jarrow 1 makes it a perfect ten!(Another game I missed!) Town’s first game under the new regime - roles which were fulfilled by a democratic vote by the supporters club members. Paul Beddow & Barry Oliver were elected as Chairman & Vice Chairman respectively so that Town could survive the season and back James Hunter so he could maintain the current squad. Supporters were rewarded on the night with a goal glut and fans were quoted as saying ‘It was like Ashton Town all over again’.

Although the squad had the potential to finish in the top six, a combination of off the field events, injuries, unavailability and budget constraints meant Town look set to finish in ninth position. In many ways, it was an achievement to be able to complete the season at all. Supporters only have to look back to February to know the club came close to extinction and would have certainly done so without their intervention. Those in charge of the club are steadily making inroads and are winners in nature. The club now has the right people in place to take this fantastic club forward and the supporters know this could be our final chance to get it right. Get it wrong and there will be no third or fourth chances. To find out what has been going on behind the scenes during April, check out the website for part two of our Q & A sessions with Paul Beddow. Topics of conversation include Sponsorship, The Clubhouse and Town’s results since the original interview.

Further Bugles to come include part 2, future of northern league programmes, Russia’s World Cup and England’s past failures not down to a lack of talent.




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