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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:


FA Vase | That FA Vase win 40 years ago…

This weekend we face Willington away in the First Qualifying round of the FA Vase and with the 40th anniversary of our FA Vase victory coming up, we thought we’d take you back to the day of the final and reminisce on the last time the FA Vase was brought back up to Whickham.

This season will mark the 40th anniversary of Whickham FC’s last ever FA Vase win, so we decided to look reflect on one of the proudest days in the Whickham community.

After scraping to defeat Windsor & Eton in the semi-finals, The Lang Jacks set off on the long trip down to the Old Wembley to play Wilenhall FC with around 5,000 Whickham supporters also heading to London to cheer the lads on.

Whickham FC supporter Graham Laidler recalls his memories from the trip down to the final:

“I was 11 and got the specifically chartered train to London.. it seemed to stop every five minutes and took an age to get there. It was chucking it down on Wembley way as we went in”.

The rain would seemingly capture the mood of the 5,000 travelling supporters as Whickham fell 2-0 behind after 10 minutes.

Alan Scott pulled a goal back for the North Eastern side before Ronnie Williamson scored the equaliser to send the match to extra time before Billy Cawthra completed a dramatic comeback when he broke away before seeing his shot deflect into the net and send the fans into utter elation.

This cup victory was the last honour to be won by a North Eastern side at the Old Wembley.

So the heroes from that day returned home with the trophy, expecting few people to turn up and celebrate the cup win but to their surprise hundreds upon hundreds turned up to enjoy the occasion.

Graham also spoke about the parade saying that he remembers that “The Glebe club was rammed and the doors were locked.. people were passing flags through the letterbox to get autographs”.


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:


Whickham FC 0-0 Seaham Red Star: Northern League Division One | Post-match Reaction + Match Report

This draw away to Seaham Red Star in the first fixture of Whickham FC’s Northern League Division One campaign means they record a second nil-nil draw in a row in their first two competitive games of the 2020/21 season.

After both sides initially struggling to maintain possession Jack Robson came closest to scoring when Whickham hit the hosts on the break with Conor Newton bundling the ball to Robson on the left side of the area before the forward curled his effort off the crossbar after 19 minutes.

The visitors then started trying their luck from distance with Dale Burrell having a pop that flew well wide of the post before Jack Robson sent a dipping free-kick from 25-yards out bouncing towards the Seaham stopper who did well to get down low and push the shot wide on the half-hour mark.

Jack Robson caused more issues for the home side when he saw another one of his efforts cannon off the post just outside the box before the rebound bounced off the goalkeeper and out five minutes after half-time.

Red Star hit back minutes later as they broke Whickham’s high line with Andy Johnson racing through on goal but debutant goalkeeper Regan Ward kept the away side on level terms.

With 20 minutes left Andy Johnson missed another chance to score after a scramble from a long ball found its way to the striker twice with the first effort being blocked and the second dragged wide of the post.

Both sides went back and forth for the last 10 minut

es with the best chance of the final moments falling to 16-year old Declan Bisset for Whickham with nearly six minutes left as Scott McCarthy pulled the ball back to Bisset but the youngster could only slice it wide.

Manager Mark Convery reacted to his side’s frustrating draw:



Whickham 0-0 West Allotment Celtic (2-4 on penalties): Post-match interview

Despite dominating the majority of the possession and creating many chances, Whickham could not find a way through past the West Allotment defence.

It then became a task of attempting to advance through a penalty shoot-out from which the Lang Jacks unfortunately failed to win sending West Allotment Celtic into the next round of the FA Cup.

After the match Ben Robinson spoke to Mark Convery about his sides defeat:


Whickham FC 4-3 Gateshead FC XI: Match report

With only a few friendlies left for Whickham, The Lang Jacks managed to grab another pre-season victory against an inexperienced Gateshead side who let in  goals against the home side.

Whickham opened the scoring in under a minute when Jack Robson nicked the ball off a Gateshead defender on the edge of the box before finishing into the top corner.

Liam Doyle then doubled the home sides advantage by dinking the on-rushing goalkeeper after being slipped through by Kyle Downie after 16 minutes.

Five minutes before the break the visitors pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Tom Howard tugged the shirt of a Gateshead player inside the area.

Two goals then became three for Whickham only two minutes after they scored their second as Scott Robson fired a low driven shot into the bottom corner after being played through by Connor Newton.

The Tynesiders pulled another goal back just before half-time when a long ball by a Gateshead midfielder bounced over Whickham goalkeeper Adam Cameron allowing the striker to tap the ball into an empty net.

Only three minutes after the restart Ross Peareth powered a header home from a corner to make it 4-2 to the Lang Jacks.

Gateshead replied once more with the last act of the game when they scored with header from a whipped in cross.


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”.