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 Post subject: ESH WINNING 4 BILLINGHAM TOWN 4
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:15 pm 
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ESH WINNING (2) 4 BILLINGHAM TOWN (2) 4
Kane 5, Halpin 39 Hutchinson 7, 34
Fortune 74 Kenney 65
Stoker 77 Connelly 72


History has a habit of repeating itself. Henry Ford wanted to ignore it completely! And yet high scoring outcomes at Esh Winning seem to be in Town’s DNA. With the blues 4-2 ahead, backed by a strong travelling support, the points were there for the taking. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Esh found a way to grab an unlikely point. In all fairness, Esh probably deserved it for the way they harangued and prevented Town from playing their free flowing football but the Town management will be bitterly disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded. Last week, Town were omnipotent but today, particularly in the first half they looked lethargic and at times, struggled to cope with Esh Winning’s waspish approach. However, they had worked themselves into a match winning position but came frustratingly short on the day. It’s not a game to assess in great detail and there were positives and lessons to be learned from this match. Town remain unbeaten and sit in fourth position behind Easington Colliery, Chester Le Street Town and Thornaby.

Esh were on the front foot in the early exchanges, winning several corners and they took the lead from a set piece inside the opening five minutes. Reece Brown floated the ball into the box - the defence were slow to react and Leon KANE rifled home. Two minutes later and Town were back on level terms. Jamie Davis won the aerial flick on, leaving Craig HUTCHINSON the opportunity to roll the ball into the bottom corner. Both sides continued to create chances despite the game lacking any real rhythm. Mark Dixon was only inches away from finding the top corner with a bullet like header while at the other end Connor Halpin struck the side netting from an acute angle. The game was still relatively even when Town extended their lead on thirty four minutes. Matthew Robinson’s cross from the left found HUTCHINSON lurking in the box and the striker headed the ball across goal, leaving Scott Arnott stranded. The lead only lasted for five minutes and it was a poor goal to concede. Thomas Young’s cross-field free kick seemed harmless enough but indecision between Jack Patton and the defence allowed HALPIN to ghost in to score. The game was becoming a tad tetchy with Jack Connor & Gavin Brown going into Mr Ranson’s notebook after a lengthy delay while all three officials tried to decide the outcome of the needless fracas. There was still time for Patton to pull off a superb save before half time, tipping over Halpin’s dipping volley.

HT ESH WINNING 2 BILLINGHAM TOWN 2

Esh began the second half the same as the first, putting early pressure in the final third. Recent signing Jayven Redman fired over from twenty five yards and John Fortune saw his low effort saved by Patton. Paul Edwards & Barry Oliver rang the changes around the hour mark, introducing Reece Kenney and new signing Arthur Connelly. The Town management must of thought the substitutions had won them the game because both players made an instant impression. First KENNEY scored after some exquisite interplay with Hutchinson and then CONNELLY extended Towns lead with a cheeky chip over Arnold. Unbelievably, Esh were soon back on level terms leaving Town supporters stunned. FORTUNE, aptly named, pulled a goal back after Patton failed to collect a routine ball into his arms and then skipper Max STOKER equalised from twenty yards, even though the ball bobbled and rolled into the bottom corner. All four goals conceded were soft in nature. Town poured forward in search of a fifth and the Esh defence did well to keep out Hutchinson’s last minute strike with a goal-line headed clearance. Two points dropped and another crazy visit to Waterhouses! Picturesque it maybe, even salubrious but ultimately not for the faint hearted!! History isn’t bunk Mr Ford!

FT ESH WINNING 4 BILLINGHAM TOWN 4

Town:
Patton, Flounders, Dixon, Oakley (c), Kirkbride, Hillerby (Kenney 55), Beddow (Connelly), Connor, Hutchinson, Davis, Robinson (Joynes 75).
Unused: Kenny, Hughes.

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