Category: Match Reports

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.


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.

Zak Atkinson 0-1 Ryhope

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.


    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:

Whickham 1-2 Northallerton Town: Match report as visitors earn their Crust

Whickham crashed to a third defeat in a row after a disappointing display at the First Mortgage Glebe.

Dominating possession for most of the game – again – there was a lack of a cutting edge to the home side’s play as Northallerton made it six points out of six against the Glebemen this season.

It had all started brightly for Mark Convery’s side. having made a number of changes from the team that lost 3-2 against West Auckland on Saturday – Charlie Exley returned from injury in place of Lee McAndrew, Dale Burrell dropped into central defence with Jack Errington dropping to the bench, and Ross Peareth coming into centre midfield – there was some nice football in the first 20 minutes.

The bubble was soon popped though as the visitors took the lead with their first real chance. The impressive Ciaren Jackson latched onto a loose ball inside the right hand of the penalty box and fired past Regan Ward.

Whickham had seemed in control up to that point, however Jackson should have made it 2-0 minutes later, but flashed his shot across the face of goal after a good move in the inside right channel again.

The home side regained control. A counter-attack ended with Jack Robson finding Zak Atkinson, but he could only hit the side netting with his shot.

The closest the Lang Jacks came to a leveller was right on the half-time whistle. After another counter, this time from a Northallerton corner, Conor Newton was denied by the goalkeeper’s legs before Tom Howard screwed the rebound shot.

As the rain lashed down heavier and heavier, a strong start to the second period was needed, but Northallerton were by far the sharper side after the interval. They got the goal their play deserved after 54 minutes when a free-kick from the edge of the box was fired into the roof of the net by Matthew Crust.


Substitutions were made by Glebe boss Convery, with McAndrew, Tom Scothern and Declan Bisset all entering the fray, and briefly the home side looked sharper in attack, with Scott Robson causing problems and a couple of shots blocked.

But even after Exley pulled a goal back on 85 minutes, heading home Bisset’s well-flighted corner, the visitors never really seemed too troubled and comfortably saw the game out.

Next up for Whickham is a trip to Ryhope CW on Saturday, October 3.

Whickham: Ward, Howard, Exley, Glabraith, Burrell, Peareth (Scothern 62), Francis (Bissett 77), Newton, S Robson, Atkinson, J Robson (McAndrew 60). Subs not used: Errington, Bowey.


  1. The team need to start second halves quickly. For the second game in a row they lost the game in the first 10 minutes after the interval
  2. Charlie Exley’s return is a boost, the left-back adding another goal to his tally.
  3. For many home spectators, watching Newport County blaze a penalty high over the crossbar on their mobile phones turned out to be the highlight of the night!

Man of the match (sponsored by Furniture Clinic): Conor Newton

Match sponsor: The Woodmans Arms

Matchball sponsor: First Mortgage NE



Whickham 2-3 West Auckland

The F word was in full force on Saturday at the First Mortgage     Glebe.


Make that F for Fryatt as well.

Having dominated the game for long spells, Whickham left the Glebe wondering how they hadn’t managed to get at least a point from their game against West Auckland Town.

2-1 up at half-time, thanks to great goals from Conor Newton and Zak Atkinson – the first a stunning solo strike, the second a well-worked team goal – and playing down the slope, hopes were high for a home victory.

Kyle Fryatt had other ideas, however. Within nine minutes of the second period starting, he’d scored twice to turn the game around and give West their first Northern league Division One victory of the campaign.

Fryatt and strike partner Dennis Knight had caused the home defence problems all afternoon, truth be told. Every time they went forward, they looked likely to score as Jack Errington and Kieran Glabraith had their hands full trying to stop some clever attacking play and link-ups. Errington was lucky not to concede a penalty and pick up a red card when he brought Fryatt down on the edge of the box when last man – the referee deciding it was just a free-kick and a yellow.

Fryatt would have the final word, but not before Whickham had stormed into the lead when Newton burst into the box and rasped hom a thunderous strikeoff the underside of the crossbar.

The lead didn’t last long. 45 seconds, to be precise, before Knight stole past a hesitant defence to slot home the equaliser.

The Knightmare looked set to continue for the Whickham rearguard as the ex-Benfield striker, signed just a couple of weeks ago, continued to cause havoc but in an entertaining first half, there were chances at both ends, and the home side went ahead when a great team move across the pitch ended with Jack Robson sliding in Atkinson who converted to the delight of his watching gran.

Two goals in two games for the new boy. Zak Attack.

Fryatt’s quickfire double meant it was in a losing cause again, though. First, Knight’s brilliant pass teed him up and then the forward took advantage of some weak defending to win the game.

Alex Francis and Newton probed away in search of an equaliser, with both players looking a threat, but clear-cut chances were few and far between and West held on for all three points.

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:

Willington AFC 0-4 Whickham FC: FA Vase First Qualifying Round | Post-match Reaction + Match Report

Whickham FC advanced comfortably into the next round of the FA Vase after goals from Conor Newton, Scott Robson (2) and Scott McCarthy in a match dominated by the visitors.

After dominating the majority of possession early on, Whickham finally broke through a resilient Willington defence five minutes before the break when Scott Robson helped on a powerful pass into the path of Conor Newton who lashed the ball home from inside the area.

It only took the visitors three minutes after half-time to double their lead when substitute Scott McCarthy slipped Scott Robson through on goal who calmly placed the ball past the incoming goalkeeper.

Scott Robson helped himself to a second goal on the hour mark with a superb strike after winning the ball back from a Willington defender before composing himself to fire his shot into the top right stanchion of the net.

Four minutes later Willington nearly pulled one back from a Lewis Martin free-kick which seemed to be heading into the top corner but Regan Ward managed to dive across his goal and tip the effort wide of the post.

The game was well and truly wrapped up by a Scott McCarthy header in the 69th minute after some slick passing by the Lang Jacks lead to Lee McAndrew floating a cross into the path of McCarthy who headed home from six-yards out.

Whickham will face Redcar AFC in the next round of the FA Vase on the 10th of October.

After the victory Ben Robinson spoke to voted man of the match Conor Newton:


Whickham FC 3-1 Guisborough Town: Northern League Division One | Post-match Reaction + Match Report

After a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Northalleton at the weekend, Whickham bounced back with a slick performance to beat Guisborough Town 3-1 at the First Mortgage Glebe.

An early onslaught by the home side eventually paid off after six minutes when a floated corner courtesy of Kyle Downey was met by the head Charlie Exley, who rose to loop his header into the top left-hand corner.

Two minutes later Jack Robson doubled the Lang Jacks’ lead after a typical driving run from the left wing inside onto his right-foot before drilling the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Conor Newton nearly added another 24 minutes in when Scott Robson drove at the Guisborough defence before slipping Newton through on goal but the on-rushing Jaan Yaqub denied the midfielder.

Scott Robson then got a chance for himself with five minutes until half-time when he pressured the Guisborough defence into over-hitting a backpass which Robson then latched onto before finishing into an empty net despite the goalkeeper’s attempts to foul him.

The visitors nearly hit back eight minutes after the second half started when a curling effort from the right-hand side of the area beat the standing goalkeeper only to cannon back off the far post.

Ten minutes later Newton was stopped again by Yaqub after Jack Robson slalomed his way to the edge of the box before playing a perfectly timed pass through to Newton but the goalkeeper managed to smother the chance.

A better second half performance by Guisborough was eventually rewarded with a goal in the 83rd minute when Dylan McAvoy had some space on the edge of the box allowing him to shoot with his effort rolling past the outstretched Regan Ward.

After the win Ben Robinson spoke to man of the match Scott Robson about his first contribution this season and how much this win means to him and the team:




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

Whickham ended their two game goal drought as they managed to come from behind to win their first home league game of the season.

Despite Whickham having most of the early possession, the visitors struck first through Daniel Boyle after seven minutes when Ashley Lavan broke free down the right flank before drilling a low cross into the feet of an open Boyle who side-footed the ball into the top right-hand corner.

The home side nearly levelled the scores on the half-hour mark when Tom Scothern crashed the crossbar with a thunderous effort.

Eight minutes later the Lang Jacks equalised through Dale Burrell after an out-swinging free-kick from the edge of the area was met by the head of Burrell who directed his effort past the outstretched Lewis McDonald.

Things went from bad to worse for the Town as Jack Robson put the home side in front a minute later when a scuffed clearance by Billingham’s goalkeeper was picked up by Conor Newton but after a few deflections the ball fell to  Robson who calmly took the ball around the keeper and slotted the ball home.

The visitors dominated the ball late on but Whickham came the closest to scoring in the second half when a slick passing move between Kieron Moat, Jack Robson and Liam Doyle lead to a chance for the latter with his strike across goal denied by the visitor’s shot-stopper.

Whickham FC boss Mark Convery was beaming with delight when speaking to Ben Robinson in reaction to his side’s win: