2018/19 pre match reports
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Author:  Wack [ Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:59 am ]
Post subject:  2018/19 pre match reports

After the disappointment of losing at Hebburn last week but bouncing back with a 3-0 victory in midweek at Jarrow , Town are again on their travels at the weekend when they travel to Newcastle to play West Allotment Celtic on their 4G artificial pitch.

"I was hugely disappointed last weekend with our performance at Hebburn but we got the reaction in midweek we wanted when we played Jarrow. We were always in control of the game and played some reality good football, scored 3 good goals, could and should have scored more and kept a clean sheet" manager Darren Trotter remarked. "The good news is the 4G pitch means the game will go ahead barring another big fall of snow and we have a chance to put more points on the board and cement our position as league leaders. I would rather have points in the bag than be playing catch up" he concluded.

There will be changes to the team on Saturday. Mattie Crossen will be on international duty playing for England at St Georges park. "To play for your country is an honour and I'm lucky to be able to enjoy the facilities at the national stadium but I'd rather be playing with the team" was all he would say when asked for a few words. Charles Graham will also be missing as he also is on representative duties for the County Under 18 team, who play Newcastle on Teesside. "It's easy to forget that Charlie is only 16 years old but he's a vital cog in our machine. He's a natural athlete and shows maturity beyond his age. He is concerned because of his recent addition to the squad that he doesn't usually figure in players profiles in match day programmes but I like it that he sneaks in under the radar" the manager commented.

On the plus side Aaron Ramsbottom and Dale Ejgie will be back after missing the midweek game through work. Shaun Hudson and Andrew Shepherd who missed the last game through injury will have pre match fitness tests on the day. Elliott McGlade is still out suspended.

Best wishes
Edwin Hargreaves
Press officer
Northallerton Town FC

Author:  Wack [ Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

After a blank weekend last week because of the weather, and no midweek game this last week, Town are looking forward to a game on Saturday when they travel to play Easington Colliery Welfare..

They travel as league leaders and the mini break will have given players with muscle strains another week of rest and hopefully they will be fit to return. Skipper and centre back Dan Jones and midfielder Andrew Shepherd should be fit to return and both full back Karl Hewitt and midfielder Richie Walker, who both missed the last game are expected back. The lack of games means that Elliot McGlade is still suspended and unavailable. Stephen Cheeseman is also unavailable through a prior notification.

Author:  Wack [ Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Town have a home league game on Saturday when they entertain Willington, in the first of two home games against the club as they are also due to meet in the Ernest Armstrong cup before the end of the season.

The pitch got badly cut up in the last home game against Alnwick a fortnight ago, and hopefully the ground staff will have been able to work a miracle. Willington are one of the "form" teams in the division and a hard game on Saturday is anticipated.

Player wise Saturday will hopefully see Elliot McGlade complete his suspension as postponements have meant he seems to have been suspended for an eternity. Mattie Crossen will be back from training with England and Richie Walker and Colin Anderson are both expected to be available after missing last week's game.

"The lack of midweek games has meant we have been able to train effectively with our mid-week sessions being more productive and beneficial and I'm looking forward to Saturday to see the performance from the team" manager Darren Trotter remarked

Author:  Wack [ Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Town lost for the second consecutive time in a home league game when they were beaten on Monday night by Heaton Stannington 2-0 and that came hard on the heels of a 3-2 defeat on Saturday against Whickham. This Saturday sees Town again at home when the visitors are Esh Winning.

Town had led the league table from October until March but now find themselves in 4th position as other teams catch up their backlog of fixtures. There are four league games to play for Town, and the aim must be to win them all and see where that takes us.

Team wise for Saturday Shaun Hudson will miss the game through suspension and potentially Aaron Ramsbottom could also miss the game for the same reason. Richie Walker was injured in midweek but could be back at the weekend. Mattie Crossen was an unused substitute in midweek and he could be in line for a recall along with Stephen Cheeseman who has stitches in a head wound resulting from a stray elbow in the Whickham game.

In addition to the league games Town also have a Ernest Armstrong cup semi final to look forward to on Thursday 3rd May KO 7.45pm at the Calvert Stadium against Chester-le-Street.

Author:  Wack [ Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Saturday sees Town with a home FA Vase tie against Willington FC. The prize for the victors is a financial boost to the clubs coffers plus progression towards Wembley with a home tie against Steeton from near Keighley in West Yorkshire in the next round.

Since losing to Chester Le Street Town have beaten Brandon and West Allotment Celtic at home scoring 7 goals in the process and not conceding a single goal against.

When things are going well not surprisingly players are fit and raring to go again. Long term injury victim Jack Proctor and Josh Keogh, who was injured in the last game will face fitness tests on the day, Kerry Hedley scored a hat trick against Brandon but missed the Saturday game at a stag do with mates will be back this week. The manager, Darren Trotter, will have a selection decision ahead of the game, to stick with a winning team or make a minimum number of changes. He was keeping his cards close to his chest and not giving any clue of his thinking.

Author:  Wack [ Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Saturday sees Town with a home cup tie in the FA Vase against visitors from the North West Counties League STEETON FC, a team who play their home games at Keighley Cougars Rugby Stadium., making their debut in FA Vase.

Team news is that keeper and captain Tom Dawson limped out of the midweek game and is rated doubtful for Saturday but missing trio from midweek Dale Elgie, Jack Proctor and Stephen Cheeseman are all expected back at the weekend. Injury doubts Josh Knox and Kerry Hedley and both still out but leading scorer Nicky Martin will be fit and raring to go after being stiff in midweek from his exertions in the Great North Run last Sunday.

Author:  Wack [ Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Town have a home game on Saturday when they welcome Crook Town FC to the Calvert Stadium Northallerton.
It will be an early opportunity for former player Liam Jarvie to face his mates, as he signed for Crook in the summer.
Town lost last time out at Thornaby last Saturday 3-2 after coming back from 2 goals down. Fitness tests will be required on Stephen Cheeseman and Kerry Hedley, Captain and keeper Tom Dawson is still unavailable through injury, on loan Marske keeper Lewis Mcdonald will make his second start for the club.
A large crowd is expected as a group of supporters will have completed a sponsored walk in aid of the club arriving back in time for the game, whether they are vociferous remains to be seen.

Author:  Wack [ Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Saturday sees Town on the road again this time to Tyneside where they will play in form Heaton Stannington, who have won their last 5 league games.

Dale Elgie will miss the game through suspension. Injured keeper and captain Tom Dawson could resume, but on loan keeper Lewis Mcdonald from Marske United stands by to deputise. Injured quartet Neil Pattinson, Stephen Cheeseman, Richie Walker and Karl Hewitt will have fitness tests prior to the game. Andrew Shepherd missed the last game through work but should be available at the weekend.

Author:  Wack [ Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Edwins pre match reports

Saturday sees Town with a home league game against Easington at the Calvert Stadium Northallerton kick off 3pm. Easington are one place above Town in the league and Town can leapfrog them if they can gain the 3 points on offer for the win.

Team news ahead of the game is that captain and keeper Tom Dawson should be fit to return after recovering from injury. Dale Elgie has completed his suspension and is back available for selection. Neil Pattinson is also expected back from injury but the versatile Stephen Jackson will miss the game being away for the weekend to celebrate his birthday. Stephen Cheeseman will have a fitness test on the day.

Author:  Wack [ Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2018/19 pre match reports

Town are on the road on Saturday to play Willington for the third time this season. The two teams met in the Vase drawing at Calvert Stadium and Town winning the replay at Willington. Prior to Saturdays game Willington have an away game at Easington on Thursday evening before playing The Town on Saturday 43 hours later.

It’s two years since the management team of Darren Trotter and Richard Farrel took over at Town and initially they went on a long unbeaten run. The aim is to replicate that run.

Team news is that Bradley Moncur has left for Esh Winning with former players Aaron Ramsbottom rejoining from Newton Aycliffe and Damon Reaks from Tow Law. Stephen Jackson will be back for Town and injured quartet Dan Jones, Neil Pattinson, Kerry Hedley and Stephen Cheeseman will all have pre match fitness tests.

Author:  Wack [ Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:48 pm ]
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Saturday sees Town on their travels again this time to one of highest grounds above sea level in England at Tow Law. Defeat at home last Friday night to Billingham Town saw Town drop to fourth in the league table but they have games in hand on their rivals so victory on Saturday is vital.

Team news is that Kieran McWaters’ cruciate ligament injury is not as serious as first feared but he will require a prolonged period on the sidelines for rest and to build up his strength. Karl Hewitt went over on his ankle in pre match warm up a fortnight back and his fitness will be reassessed prior to the game. Ryan McKendry has joined the team from Thirsk Falcons and has made appearances as a substitute for a short period near the end of games. He is a young man with a good engine and comes highly recommended but he has found the step up in class particularly in pace very noticeable.

Town management were disappointed with the result against the league leaders but not down hearted. The ability, attitude and application of Billingham Town were a yard stick of the standard Town would strive to attain.

Best wishes
Edwin Hargreaves

Author:  Wack [ Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:11 pm ]
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Town are on the road on Saturday when they travel to play Easington CW on the coast in North East Durham. The ground is in an elevated position and you can see all the way back to Teesside on a good day.

Easington are inconsistent in form and have experienced highs and lows in the season to date. Town by comparison ground out a result last weekend and whilst not hitting the heights of the unbeaten run of 10 games earlier in the season did enough to win against Heaton Stannington, who they had never previously beaten in the League AND kept another clean sheet. Town are back up to 3rd in the league table, prior to this weekends game.

Team news is that Kieran McWaters is still out injured and Richie Walker, who limped out of last weekends game is liable to be missing. Chris Emms and Josh Keogh missed last weeks game through a wedding and work respectively, but are expected back this week. Elliot McGlade is working offshore and not expected to be available. Andrew Shepherd will benefit from another weeks rehabilitation and should be available if needed on Saturday.

After 3 consecutive league defeats, the promising signs of the shoots of recovery were there for all to see last week and hopefully confidence will be boosted by another victory at the weekend, as Town management continue to take the fixture programme one game at a time.

Author:  Wack [ Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2018/19 pre match reports

Saturday sees Town with a home league game against Willington FC. The teams have met 3 times already this season prior to Saturday with the home game in the Vase ending 2-2, Town won the replay 3-2 and triumphed also at their place 1-0 in the league.

Team news for Saturday is that Kieran McWaters has had a set back with his cruciate ligament injury and will require an operation. Karl Hewitt is also out injured. Neil Pattinson came off injured last week and only has a 50/50 chance of playing. A big plus for the Town is that midfielder James Rowe has joined the Club from Newton Aycliffe. He has previously played for Thornaby and Marske United. He has been out injured and will need a few games to get back to full match fitness but he could be well pleased with his second half showing last week in the game at Easington.

Midweek training gave management a chance to work on a few things and build on the last two performances which have been ground out rather than comprehensively won with fast flowing football, which was a characteristic of earlier season performances.

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