Author: Ben Robinson

MATCH REPORT | Whickham FC 0-5 Stockton Town: Lang Jacks beaten comfortably after second half rout

Whickham FC sank to their second defeat in a row after a second half collapse, allowing Stockton to score four times in the last 45 at the First Mortgage Glebe.

Despite the away side taking an early lead, the Lang Jacks controlled the rest of the first period before seeing four more goals hit the back of the net in the second half including a spectacular goal from the half-way line.

Mark Convery made three changes to the starting eleven bringing in Lee McAndrew, Steve Bowey and Liam Doyle to replace Dale Burrell, Lewis McNall and Declan Bisset with McAndrew dropping into left-back as Charlie Exley replaces the injured Dale Burrell.

Whickham had most of the possession early on with their closest chance coming from a Doyle free-kick that was punched away after it fizzed towards goal in the eighth minute.

Shortly afterwards Stockton went one-nil up through Mikey Roberts when Town hit the hosts on the break with Kevin Hayes and Lewis King combining before Nathan Mulligan pulled the ball back to Roberts who slid the ball home at the back post.

The Lang Jacks came back fighting almost equalising after 13 minutes when nobody could put the ball in the net after Scott Robson’s header caused a goalmouth scramble.

Robson was again in the heart of the action when he drove at the defence before pile-driving his shot goal-wards but the Stockton ‘keeper got down well to push his effort away.

The team in front only had one more major chance before the break with Regan Ward standing strong to deny an effort at his near post in the 33rd minute.

Five minutes later the home side should have been level after Zak Atkinson was denied by Lee Roberts in goal before McAndrew scooped the rebound against the crossbar before the ball was eventually cleared.

The Anchors got off to a flying start in the second half when they passed their way around the Whickham area before King found Jamie Owens’ before Owen’s effort was blocked into the path of Nathan Mulligan who tapped home.

The away side started taking control – with Max Craggs and Owens firing shots just over the bar as well as the latter bringing the best from Ward in the Whickham goal – denying Owens from point-blank range.

Town then added a third shortly after the hour mark when Mikey Roberts deep corner found Dale Mulligan before Mulligan pulled the ball back to Thomas Coulthard who had an easy finish.

Dale Mulligan then scored the goal of the game and perhaps the season when he lobbed the goalkeeper from the half-way line despite Ward’s efforts to clamber back three minutes after their third goal.

Lee Roberts was clinging onto his clean sheet when he stopped Atkinson from six-yards out before diving at the feet of the forward to stop a goal-scoring opportunity.

King then compiled to the home sides’ misery when he fired home a fifth goal at the near post with two minutes remaining.

Starting XI: R. Ward, T. Howard, L. McAndrew, C. Exley, J. Errington, K. Downey (D. Bisset, 65′), L. Doyle, C. Newton, S. Robson (O. Leedham, 82′), S. Bowey (L. McNall, 56′), Z. Atkinson. Unused Substitutes: L. Taylor-Dodd, A. Hanley.

Three things we learned:

  1. Against quality opposition Whickham need to take chances when we have them, otherwise teams like Stockton Town will strangle the Lang Jacks out of the game.
  2. Much better than the last match in terms of creating chances, we just need to be patient and not panic on the ball as much at times.
  3. A break away from the football may be beneficial in order for key players to come back into the squad after their injuries.

After the match Ben Robinson spoke to Charlie Exley:

Match sponsor: The Mill House

Match ball sponsor: Movin’ Legal Ltd

Man of the match (sponsored by Target Property Services NE): Conor Newton

 

MATCH REPORT | North Shields 3-1 Whickham FC: The Lang Jacks unbeaten run ended by slick Shields

A first half finish by Adam Forster spurred North Shields on as Whickham fell to 3-1 defeat at the Daren Persson Stadium.

The hosts took the lead just after the half-hour mark – Forster linking up with Dan Wilson before the former converted his chance which was scored 10 minutes after Wilson’s penalty miss.

Ryan Carr then headed home from close range after the initial save from Regan Ward, eight minutes after the second half restart.

The Glebemen’s hopes of a comeback were all but finished when Wilson converted a penalty on the hour mark.

Whickham grabbed a late consolation goal through an exquisite free-kick from Oli Leedham but the Lang Jacks left it too late for any chance of a comeback.

There was no Mark Convery at the sidelines but his team came into the match having made two changes to the starting lineup from their draw with Newton Aycliffe with Lewis McNall and Jack Errington returning in replacement for Steve Bowey and an injured Jack Robson.

The home side nearly opened the scoring early on, when Callum Smith got in behind Tomas Howard down the right-wing, but was unable to find Dan Wilson inside the area for a tap-in.

Shields continued to dominate the early stages as Cam Cunningham bent an effort just wide of Ward’s goal with 11 minutes played.

Five minutes later Smith came the closest for the hosts, forcing Ward into a save after creating a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

The away side managed their first shot on target straight after Smith’s chance when McNall struck a low effort from a tight angle straight at Greg Purvis.

Experienced midfielder Conor Newton was then substituted off for Liam Doyle after a niggling knee injury flared up one too many times.

(Credit to Will Matthews for the photo)

The Lang Jacks then gave the Reds a great opportunity to take the lead after Ward tripped David Robinson in the area.

Wilson stepped up to take the penalty but could not break the deadlock, smashing his penalty off the crossbar before going behind for a goal kick.

Shields were creeping ever-closer to the Whickham goal as Jack Errington made a last second block to deny Robinson’s driven shot with 24 minutes gone.

However, Whickham’s resilient defending was eventually broken when Forster played a one-two with Wilson allowing Forster to smash the ball into the roof of the net in the 31st minute.

Immediately after Forster’s goal, Dale Burrell also limped off the pitch adding to Whickham’s injury woes, being replaced by Lee McAndrew.

(Credit to Will Matthews)

Recent substitute Lee McAndrew then managed to find Scott Robson with a looping cross but Robson misjudged his attempted volley allowing the defence to clear the ball.

Continuous heavy pressure from Shields continued into the second-half forcing Lee McAndrew to block another effort from close-range.

This pressure caused the Glebemen to crumble once again when Ward denied a powerful header from Wilson before Carr was able to double the lead.

The losing side responded well to the second goal, nearly getting one back after a short free-kick was fired at goal from Declan Bisset causing a goalmouth scramble but no one was able to capitalise.

Shortly afterwards a mistake by Ward gave Smith an open goal to aim for before Errington slid in to make a last ditch tackle but apparently the defender had taken the man and so the referee pointed to the spot.

Wilson placed the ball into the net from 12-yards out giving Shields a comfortable 3-0 lead.

The home side had the majority of the possession in the later stages but it was Oli Leedham who claimed the last goal of the match when he curled a free-kick into the ‘keepers left hand corner of the net to pull a goal back for the away side.

The Lang Jacks next face Stockton Town at home on Saturday, October 31st.

Starting XI: R. Ward, T. Howard, C. Exley, D. Burrell (L. McAndrew, 32′), J. Errington, C. Newton (L. Doyle, 17′), D. Bisset, K. Downey, S. Robson, L. McNall (O. Leedham, 69′), Z. Atkinson. Substitutes not used: R. Peareth, S. Bowey.

Three things we learned:

  1. Whickham need to learn how to keep the ball better against sides that press high up the pitch because losing the ball often meant that North Shields could constantly put pressure on the back line.
  2. The Lang Jacks have a growing injury list going into the Winter fixtures but with less midweek games could hopefully mean a full strength side returning for the second half of the season.
  3. The Glebemen showed a great attitude despite many things not going their way and a spectacular goal from Leedham will give him the confidence boost he needs.

A frustrated Regan Ward was voted Whickham’s man of the match and spoke to Ben Robinson after the defeat:

(Credit to Will Matthews)

 

 

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Newton Aycliffe 1-1 Whickham FC: Solid defensive performance from the Lang Jacks earns hard-fought point

Whickham FC claimed a tough point away to Newton Aycliffe despite a quick-fire equaliser from the home side to cancel out Scott Robson’s unbelievable opener.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play when Scott Robson netted after 55 minutes before the hosts deservedly equalised six minutes later.

The Lang Jacks made two changes to their starting eleven after Saturday’s 4-1 win against Bishop Auckland bringing in 46-year old player-coach – Steve Bowey – to slip into left-back as Charlie Exley replaced Jack Errington at centre-back Scott Robson returning to the lineup after his suspension.

The home side dominated the early stages coming close on multiple occasions – the first chance occurring after seven minutes when Exley slipped in defence allowing Adam Burnicle to break through on goal but the striker’s near-post effort was stopped by the legs of Regan Ward.

Despite the heavy pressure from the hosts, Whickham seemed to still have a counter-attacking threat – that was until the 20th minute when Jack Robson limped off the pitch for Oli Leedham after seemingly stretching a muscle too far down the line.

From there on out until half-time Aycliffe were well on top forcing Regan into a save close to the half-hour mark before putting chance after chance wide or over the top of the crossbar and even having a penalty appeal turned down.

Five minutes after the second half began and Aycliffe had already missed two golden opportunities with Arran Wearmouth bouncing his header just wide of the goal before Adam Jarvie skewed his one-on-one – hitting the side netting with his effort.

Scott Robson then fired the visitors into the lead in the 50th minute against the run of play when the forward took the ball down on the edge of the area before taking his time to rifle the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The home side equalised six minutes later through an unfortunate Regan Ward own goal with the goalkeeper unable to move out of the way of a back post effort courtesy of Lewis Walton which bundled in off Ward after Walton’s effort crashed against the woodwork.

Colin Stromsoy’s side saw their strong appeals for a penalty turned away in the 78th minute after Ben Reay rounded Ward when the shot-stopper appeared to trip the substitute in the box but no penalty given.

Reay then found Burnicle inside the penalty area with five minutes remaining but he could not convert his chance – sliding his effort just wide of the far post as the Glebemen held on for the point.

Next up for the Lang Jacks is a visit to North Shields on Wednesday, October 28th.

Starting XI: R. Ward, T. Howard, S. Bowey, C. Exley, D. Burrell, C. Newton, D. Bisset, L. Doyle, J. Robson (O. Leedham, 20′), S. Robson, Z. Atkinson. Unused Substitutes: R. Peareth, L. Taylor-Dodd, A. Haney.

Three things we learned:

  1. Whickham won’t dominate all of their games and in the games where they don’t dominate – like this one – they proved they can still get points despite heavy pressure from opponents.
  2. Losing one of the wingers is a big blow to their ability of being able to hit high-pressing teams on the counter-attack and this allowed Newton Aycliffe to have more belief that they won’t be undone by pace on the break.
  3. Even in his forties Steve Bowey is still able to slot into a Northern League side and do a great job.

Ben Robinson spoke with Bowey after his side managed to gain a tough point away from home:

MATCH REPORT | Whickham FC 4-1 Bishop Auckland: Dominant Lang Jacks performance seals third league win on the bounce

Zak Atkinson grabbed two goals and an assist as as Whickham thrash struggling Bishop Auckland 4-1 at home.

The home side took an early lead through Jack Robson and Zak Atkinson’s second half double meant the Glebemen were cruising before a penalty was netted by Auckland to pull a goal back but Declan Bisset’s late deflected effort sealed the three points.

The hosts made five changes to the starting XI after the Redcar defeat due to injuries plus a suspension to Scott Robson from his sending off against Consett – these changes included a first start for Lewis McNall and Declan Bisset as well as Dale Burrell, Jack Robson and Liam Doyle returning to the starting lineup – this was in replacement of Scott Robson, Kyle Downey, Kieran Galbraith, Ross Peareth and Tom Scothern – with the latter transferring to Ryhope CW recently.

The early pressure from Mark Convery’s side paid off when Jack Robson gave them the lead after seven minutes – reacting to Bishop Auckland’s failed clearance from a Charlie Exley cross – taking the ball down from his chest and finishing into the near corner of the net.

Both sides received many free-kicks with the visitors nearly equalising from one after a free-kick centrally outside the area was fired towards Regan Ward with the young goalkeeper able to keep a hold of the ball.

McNall and Bisset both had chances before the break with neither able to finish their chances including a sweeping move towards the edge of the box which allowed Bisset space to shoot but the 16-year old unfortunately missed his chance – firing just wide of the post.

Despite more pressure from the away side – the Lang Jacks doubled their lead shortly before the hour mark with Atkinson heading home his sixth goal of the season.

Robson continued to cause problems down the right-hand side and played a big part in the third goal when dinking a crisp pass over the top of Bishop’s defence allowing Atkinson to charge towards goal with the forward cutting back onto his right-foot  before burying the shot into the bottom corner.

In the 75th minute The Two Blues pulled a goal back after a trip in the penalty area with the spot-kick being converted by captain – Christopher Winn – to make the last 15 minutes interesting.

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Nearly 10 minutes later any hope of a Bishop’s comeback were slashed as Atkinson picked out Bisset inside the area with the youngsters effort deflecting in for his first goal of the season.

Whickham FC next face Newton Aycliffe away on October 24, Saturday.

Starting XI: R. Ward, T. Howard, C. Exley, D. Burrell, J. Errington, C. Newton, L. Doyle, D. Bisset, J. Robson (O. Leedham 77′), L. McNall (S. Bowey 84′). Substitutes not used: R. Peareth, K. Galbraith, K. Downey

Three things we learned:

  1. Despite such an emphatic win, conceding three penalties in two games isn’t such a good record so Whickham need to avoid so many rash challenges in the area.
  2. We need to kill games off in the first half when we are winning one-nil as the start to the second half is always a nervy one if we are only leading by a single goal.
  3. Declan Bisset and Conor Newton seem to forming a good partnership when played together as both very good at keeping an attack flowing as well as not being afraid to get stuck in.

After the match Ben Robinson spoke to Zak Atkinson about his side’s victory:

Man of the match (sponsored by The Mill House): Zak Atkinson

Match sponsor: Heating Components & Equipment Ltd

 

MATCH REPORT | Redcar Athletic 2-1 Whickham FC: Whickham crash out of the FA Vase courtesy of two late penalties

Whickham FC were knocked out of the FA Vase in the second round qualifying by Second division side – Redcar Athletic – after two penalties in quick succession sink the Lang Jacks.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes thanks to in-form striker Zak Atkinson rounding the goalkeeper before netting and seeming in control until the second half where the Lang Jacks crumbled, conceding to penalties in the 78th and 82nd minute.

The Glebemen made a few changes going into this cup fixture after an injury to Alex Francis in the victory away to Consett AFC: Ross Peareth replaced Francis in the starting lineup along with Jack Errington returning to the first XI – replacing Dale Burrell who dropped to the bench and a return for Jack Robson, who started as a substitute alongside new signing Lewis McNall.

In the early stages both sides struggled to keep the ball not helped by the windy conditions but both teams had half-chances early on – Conor Newton rolling his effort from outside the area into the goalkeepers arms before Isaac Walker came close for the hosts two minutes later – bending his shot just wide of the far post.

The away side took the lead on the 11th minute after great work by Conor Newton in midfield, jinking past a few defenders before feeding Atkinson who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped the ball home.

There were chances few and far between before the end of the first half with the hosts coming close on two occasions before the break: the first was an in-swinging free-kick shortly after Whickham’s opener which floated just wide of the post before Newton slid in to stop Adam Preston breaking through on goal in the 23rd minute.

Ross Peareth was forced to leave the pitch after being injured from several tackled within the first 40 minutes which saw the experienced midfielder replaced by Declan Bisset.

Injury problems seemed to continue for the away side as Kieran Galbraith hobbled off temporarily just after the second half began but luckily he was able to run it off.

Shortly after Atkinson crashed an effort off the post before Tom Scothern hammered the ball straight at the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute.

A minute later Walker got in behind the Lang Jacks defence but he fired his effort over the top.

Jack Robson made his first appearance since Whickham’s victory against Ryhope CW, coming on for Tom Scothern after 74 minutes.

Four minutes later the home side got their first penalty after Jack Errington caught the back of a leg inside the visitors area which was converted by Preston – too powerful for Regan Ward to keep out.

Preston scored an identical penalty minutes later to turn the game on its head as Tomas Howard slid in and misjudged his challenge bringing down a Redcar forward allowing the home side to take a deserved lead.

Mark Convery’s side huffed and puffed for an equaliser but his team could not find a way through even with a fair claim for a penalty of their own after an apparent handball inside the Redcar box.

Whickham FC’s next fixture comes against Shildon in th league on Tuesday, October 15.

Three things we learned:

  1. Football is a game of 90 minutes and after a decent first half, the Lang Jacks allowed Redcar back into the game by not pressing up to the Redcar players.
  2. Getting that second goal is essential when you’re dominating the game because a game of football can change in the blink of an eye if once the other team realise they’re still in it.
  3. Football can also be a very cruel game as you can be up a height one moment then down in the dumps the next like beating Consett then getting knocked out of the cup in the space of nearly five minutes so it is best to move on from these defeats, learn from the losses but move onto the next game of football.

Ben Robinson spoke to Whickham’s man of the match; Conor Newton after the defeat:

 

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Consett AFC 0-1 Whickham FC: Zak Atkinson’s second half strike seals hard-fought victory

Whickham FC ended Consett AFC’s winning streak in the league with a solid defensive display and a second half goal from Zak Atkinson sealing the three points for the Lang Jacks.

The visitors hounded Consett for the ball throughout the entire match with both sides having strong periods of possession but with the hosts coming closest after Atkinson’s goal by forcing Regan Ward into a save before smashing the post seconds later nonetheless the away side stayed resolute for the victory.

Mark Convery only made one change the starting lineup that defeated Ryhope CW on Saturday – Tom Scothern replacing Jack Robson at right-wing – leaving Robson out of the squad entirely in place of player coach – Steven Bowey.

The Lang Jacks began the match pressing The Steelmen into giving the ball way and creating the first shot of the game when Conor Newton stole the ball – in the left-flank – before whipping a cross into an advancing Alex Francis who headed over the top of the goal.

The hosts had their first effort on target in the 12th minute forcing a save out of Regan Ward after Luke Carr attempted to catch the goalkeeper out at his near post from the right side of the area before Dale Pearson saw his header caught from close range two minutes later after a free-kick was hooked into the path of the striker.

The rest of the first half consisted of ‘nearly’ moments for Mark Convery’s side including a volley from Atkinson sent over the bar and Newton being close to latching onto a bad back pass.

Francis also came close before the break hammering a 30-yard shot fizzing over the crossbar.

The first twenty minutes to the second half saw more of the ball for Consett AFC but the home side were unable to find a final finish coming closest just before the hour mark with Luke Carr firing over the top after playing a one-two down the right flank before cutting inside onto his left foot.

In the 62nd minute Alex Francis hobbled off after what appeared to be a knee injury and was replaced by 16-year old Declan Bisset.

Atkinson then netted his fourth goal in five games in the 67th minute – rounding the goalkeeper and tapping home after intercepting a soft back-pass: giving the black and white’s the lead against the run of play.

After the deadlock was broken, the blues ramped up the pressure from when they conceded almost scoring straight away after a cutback from the right-wing was met by Pearson who smashed the ball into Dale Burrell who was very thankful the see the effort deflect just over the top.

Kyle Downey had the closest effort in the last twenty minutes with a bending free-kick which went just wide of the post before Downey and Scothern were replaced by Ross Peareth and Lee McAndrew shortly after the free-kick.

The home side had several chances to level the scores late on including hitting the woodwork twice within short space of each other, the first effort tipped against the post by Ward after a slick move down the right side before the ball eventually fell to Darren Holden on the edge of the box – with the full-back smashing the woodwork again with four minutes remaining.

After Scott Robson was sent off for a second yellow for a late challenge on Holden, Consett nearly stole a point in the fourth minute of added time when a shot from the left side of Whickham’s box fizzed past the post.

Whickham FC: R. Ward, T. Howard, C. Exley, K. Galbraith, D. Burrell, K. Downey (R. Peareth 74′), C. Newton, A. Francis (D. Bisset 62′), T. Scothern (L.McAndrew 79′), S. Robson, Z. Atkinson. Subs not used: J. Errington, S. Bowey

Things we learned:

  1. Atkinson’s hold up play and goals are significant to Whickham FC in games where the other team has more possession as he slows down the play – bringing the speedy wingers and advancing midfield into the attack – giving the defence a breather (as well as his important goals).
  2. The Lang Jacks seem to have improved defensively with the new centre-back partnership between Dale Burrell and Kieran Galbraith with the former being able to start counter attacks and help break a press because of his ability on the ball allowing Whickham to break out quickly.
  3. When the entire team put in 100% work rate they are capable of beating the very best in the league.

Despite no selected man of the match due to all of the team performing up to an exceptional level, Ben Robinson spoke to Kieran Galbraith after the match to discuss his side’s victory:

MATCH REPORT | Ryhope CW 1-2 Whickham FC: Scott Robson’s late winner earns Lang Jacks first win for three games

Whickham slugged to a 2-1 victory away to Ryhope in the pouring rain to end an unwanted run of four games without a win.

Controlling most of the possession throughout the game the Lang Jacks seemed destined for a point when the hosts equalised with 14 minutes left before Scott Robson put away one of the multiple late chances for the visitors.

Coming into the game after three defeats in a row Mark Convery decided to only making one change to the starting lineup – Kyle Downey replacing Ross Peareth in the three man midfield with Peareth dropping to the bench.

The opening minutes saw both sides trying to adapt to the conditions of the match before the visitors nearly broke the deadlock on nine minutes with Jack Robson bringing the Ryhope goalkeeper into action by curling the ball towards the top right hand corner of the net after a slick move between Conor Newton and Scott Robson down the right flank.

A few scrambles in the box and a goal adjourned offside for Whickham were the main chances for the visitors in the first 45 but the hosts equally could have taken the lead if it wasn’t for two great stops by Regan Ward, the first was a shot on the turn that he denied at his front post just after the half-hour mark before diving across his goal and tipping a shot wide a minute later.

Whickham’s domination of possession carried onto the second half, with the Glebemen’s attacks coming from the flanks and Jack Robson agonisingly behind a cross from Zak Atkinson which zipped across the box.

As the mist and rain descended upon the pitch, the Lang Jacks broke the deadlock after 57 minutes through Atkinson who slid the ball home from an enticing low driven cross from the left-hand side.

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With Convery’s side being one-nil up and receiving a lot of pressure he decided to make two changes bringing on fresh legs by the names of Lee McAndrew and Tom Scothern.

Colliery Welfare huffed and puffed for an equaliser forcing a save from a venomous effort just outside the area minutes after a scramble inside the visitor’s box.

The away side eventually crumbled with a long ball finding its way over the top of the Whickham defence and allowing a Ryhope forward to latch onto the ball and poking it beyond the oncoming Ward with 14 minutes left.

The home side’s goal seemed to zap life back into Whickham and with five minutes left Scott Robson picked the ball up on the edge of the area, driving to the left-hand side of the box before curling the ball past the Ryhope goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

The hosts nearly stole a point at the death when a header from a corner was powered against the crossbar before going out of play.

Next up for the Lang Jacks is a visit to Consett on Tuesday, October 6.

Whickham: R. Ward, T. Howard, C. Exley, K. Galbraith, D. Burrell, K. Downey (R. Peareth 79′), A. Francis (T. Scothern 65′) C. Newton, J. Robson (L. McAndrew 70′), S. Robson, Z. Atkinson. Subs not used: J. Errington, D. Bissett.

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

    1. The team proved that patience and resilience is the way to win matches where the conditions aren’t great and even when dominating the game could go either way.
    2. THAT front three can be explosive on the counter-attack and could be the key in Whickham’s scoring this season. ZA P:4 G:3 A:0 | JR P:10 G:2 A:3 | SR P:10 G:4 A:2
    3. Sunderland can be incredibly wet and extremely cold whilst standing at the match.

After the match Ben Robinson caught up with man of the match and goal scorer of the match winner Scott Robson:

Hebburn Town FC 2-1 Whickham FC: Northern League Division One | Post-match Reaction and + Match Report

Whickham FC’s three game winning streak ended by a strong Hebburn Town side despite all of the best efforts by Whickham to create a comeback.

The Lang Jacks started off positively by pressing the Hebburn Town goalkeeper into slicing the ball into the path of Jack Robson who fired his effort down the throat of the goalkeeper from outside the area in the 6th minute before Zak Atkinson tested the goalkeeper in similar circumstance two minutes later.

The hosts started to grow into the game and after 18 minutes Michael McKeown fired just over from inside the area after a slick passing move between three players leading to McKeown’s effort.

Four minutes later Amar Purewal saw his effort blocked off the line by Jack Errington from 12-yards out as Hebburn Town cranked up the pressure.

Tom Potter came agonisingly close to opening the scoring with a fizzed shot just wide of the box before Regan Ward was forced into save from Purewal once again in the 43rd minute.

One minute later the Hornets took the lead through a long range effort from McKeown with the forward firing the ball into the top right corner.

The home side doubled their advantage seven minutes after half-time through Olly Martin with Purewal heading the ball down to Cedwyn Scott who laid off Martin inside the area allowing him to lash the ball home.

After several saves from Ward and very close chances for Town, Whickham pulled a goal back through Zak Atkinson who slid the ball under the goalkeeper after a great pass by Jack Robson.

Despite Mark Convery’s side pressing late on for an equaliser there was no way through a solid Hebburn Town defence, Ben Robinson spoke to Zak Atkinson after his debut goal: