Tag: Non-League

Dunston UTS 0-3 Whickham F.C: Match report and the post-match reaction


Whickham’s 2-0 defeat to Cullercoats last time out seemed to inspire them to a solid victory over local rivals Dunston UTS in a friendly played behind closed doors.

The game had a fast-paced start to the match with the home side holding a very high line and catching Whickham offside several times.

However, the visitors took the lead after 20 minutes when Jack Robson broke the offside trap before firing a shot straight at the goalkeeper only for the ball to roll underneath him.

The Lang Jacks then doubled their lead five minutes from the half-time whistle when Jack Errington’s long punt bounced over the high line of Dunston with Scott McCarthy pouncing on the misjudgement of the defenders and poking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper on the edge of the box into the goal.

Three minutes later the visitors were well and truly cruising when the away side passed their way through the hosts pressing forward line before another long ball fell behind UTS’s defence with Jack Robson racing to get to the ball on the right-hand side of the box before unselfishly providing a tap in for Scott McCarthy’s second.

Dunston upped the pressure in the second half but were unable to pull any goals back as Whickham held onto an impressive win and their first clean sheet of their current pre-season run out.

With the absence of the head coach Mark Convery, it was Craig Heward and Steve Bowey in charge.

Craig commented on his sides win saying:

“With the forward three of Scott Robson, Jack Robson and Scott McCarthy with their strength and pace, I thought they were the difference but it was a great all-round performance the first-half especially”.

He continued to highlight how much of a ‘great team performance’ it was. However, due ue to the many substitutes in the second half “it was very stop and start and then all of the momentum went out of the game”

Craig described the improvement he saw in this game in comparison to the game against Cullercoats FC stating, “We had a lot of trialists on Wednesday which wasn’t up to scratch and we set a high standard here and it wasn’t acceptable Wednesday but today we had a few words in the dressing room before the game and said what we expect and to be fair I thought the performance level was excellent”.

Prudhoe Y.C.F.C 1-4 Whickham F.C: Match report plus the post-match reaction






After the abrupt end to the 2019/20 Northern League Division One season, Whickham F.C returned to football with an impressive display against Northern Football Alliance side Prudhoe Y.C.F.C.

Kieron Moat gave the visitors the lead after five minutes when the forward got in behind the Prudhoe defence before firing a shot across the goal to break the deadlock.

Substitutes Max Cowburn and Scott Robson combined to double Whickham’s lead with Cowburn slipping Scott Robson through on goal with the forward sliding the ball passed the outstretched goalkeeper after 56 minutes.

Despite the away sides domination, the Nothern Football Alliance side pulled a goal back after 70 minutes when Prudhoe pulled a goal back after Whickham failed to clear a floated free-kick with Prudhoe’s number sliding the ball in from 6-yards-out.

The visitors restored their two-goal advantage two minutes later when Scott Robson found Joao Gomes open in the area with the midfielder tapping the ball into an empty net.

Gomes then doubled his goal tally with Scott Robson combining again with the Portuguese midfielder placing the ball into the right-hand corner of the net after Scott Robson took on multiple defenders before laying Gomes off.
Whickham F.C coach Mark Convery was speaking about his team’s performance stating:

“It was good but there was a little bit of rustiness but you could see the longer the game went on the work we’ve been doing in pre-season was showing, the fitness levels are good we just need to get a few games in just to get back in the swing of it”.

Despite the rustiness Mark said insisted that he isn’t ‘reading too much into the game’ and that ‘it was more of a case for fitness’ but admits his side ‘passed the ball well in the second half’.

After a successful first match for many of the trialists playing for Whickham, Mark was seemingly hopeful for more players to brought in before the start of the 2020/21 season:

“We’re always keeping an eye out for people who are available and anybody that’s going to make us better or strengthen the squad.

The Whickham boss is also hoping to get a goalkeeper over the line ‘within the next week or so’.

Match Preview: Thornaby vs Whickham

It doesn’t get much bigger than this for both teams as a huge three points are at stake when Whickham travel down to take on Thornaby on Saturday afternoon.

The Lang Jacks are currently bottom of the Northern League Division One table, with 11 points from 17 games, while the Blues are two places above them (18th) and have 14 points from 14 matches.

Whickham haven’t won a league game since mid-August, a 2-1 win away at Sunderland RCA. Thornaby have won two of their last three league matches, both of which were at home.

The two sides have already faced each other twice so far this season. The Lang Jacks we’re comfortable winners in the league game in August, but Thornaby come from behind to win 2-1 in the FA Cup, just 10 days later.

Thornaby vs Whickham

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Kick-Off: 3:00pm

Ground: Teesdale Park, Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 7JU

Competition: Northern League Division One

Admission: £6 Adults, £4 Concessions

Live Updates: @WhickhamFC

The Opposition

Thornaby currently sit 18th in the Division One table, in their first season back. They’ve played 14 league games, with a record of four wins, two draws and eight defeats.

The Blues put together an unbeaten run of four games, which included three victories, recently, but that was abruptly ended after a 4-0 defeat to Seaham during the week.
seven home league games (3-1-3)

Thornaby lost against Whickham in the league fixture at The Glebe, back in August, but won in the FA Cup just over a week later. Both teams know just how big this game is.

Form Guide

Thornaby: D W W W L

Last Match: Lost 4-0 vs Seaham Red Star (A)

Whickham: W L L L L

Last Match: Lost 2-0 vs Newcastle Benfield (H)

Pre-Match Interview

Manager Matty Pattison said: “We need to turn the corner. I said to the boys in the dressing room afterwards (on Wednesday) that there’s only so many times we can say that we gave maximum effort and desire.

“Sometimes that isn’t enough. We need to learn from mistakes and we need to do that quickly and cut them out completely. Sometimes (Newcastle Benfield) got in a little to easily.

“The stuff that we spoke about, we just need to cut that out of our game. If we do that, we give ourselves a better platform to go and win a game.”