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 Post subject: Chester Le Street 0 Billingham Town 4
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:54 pm 

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Hogan 10, Hutchinson 38,
Lavan 51, Beddow 73

A strong travelling contingent witnessed a convincing win against promotion rivals Chester Le Street, and the victory extended Town’s phenomenal unbeaten league run to twenty three games. In recent weeks, supporters have been spoilt with sublime performances on the road at Birtley & Billingham Synthonia and today’s display was no different. So Billingham Town head into 2019 on top of division two with a ten point advantage over Thornaby - plus a game in hand while Northallerton are thirteen points behind with a game in hand on the blues. Those in the know at the club, were quietly confident of promotion during pre-season. Barry Oliver’s three year plan got derailed in that final year but he, and Paul Edwards have wasted little time in rejuvenating this sleeping giant. Obviously there is still a long way to go, and Town do have tricky fixtures to come at Northallerton, Heaton Stannington and Thornaby to name a few but Town have faced tests before and come out of them a much stronger club. The disappointment on Boxing Day had dissipated after this performance and result. From the off, playing in their Middlesbrough style away shirts, Town hustled, bustled and chased every loose ball and when they had possession, the quality of football on show was worthy of the admission fee times two! The defence has now kept five clean sheets in seven games and the central partnership of Kris Summers & Dan Flounders have particularly impressed. The new year brings Brandon United to Bedford Terrace - so too Esh Winning with a trip to Bedlington Terriers in between.

Mark Dixon sat out the game with a one match ban which meant Matty Robinson slotted into the left back position, allowing Elliott Beddow a start out on the right wing. The blues were dominant in the early exchanges with Jack Connor and Jamie Davis bossing the central midfield areas. It was Davis who played a tremendous through ball, releasing Luke HOGAN on the left and the pacy winger fired home to put Town ahead. Davis was involved again when Robinson’s free kick was only half cleared to him but his shot from the edge of the box went wide. The home side’s best chance in the opening twenty minutes fell to Alexander Walker who headed over from Craig Marron’s corner. Billingham extended their lead on thirty eight minutes. A superb passing move ended with Robinson searching out Connor but the midfielder cleverly instigated a cross-dummy run allowing Craig HUTCHINSON a free run on goal and the striker cooly finished to put Town two up. The lead was almost reduced on the restart when Joe Grant saw his twenty yard drive dip alarmingly at the last moment - the ball rebounding off the inside of the post with Lewis McDonald beaten.

HT Chester Le Street Town 0 Billingham Town 2

The league leaders continued where they left off by adding a third goal on fifty one minutes. Hutchinson played a simple pass to Ash LAVAN who blasted the ball into the top corner; the goal put Lavan into double scoring figures since his move from Guisborough Town. Another fine move on the left ended when Beddow fired wide from Hogan’s far post cross. Bryan Robson’s nephew, Scott was introduced ten minutes into the second half and the youngster almost made an immediate impact but his header was off target. Back at the other end, Aaron Steavens fumbled Beddow’s low drive and then Steavens pulled off a superb reflex save to keep out Hutchinson’s deft header. Steavens was the hero minutes later when he came out on top during a one on one with Hutchinson. Chester began to push forward but we’re leaving gaps at the back. Lavan & Hutchinson led a breakaway and when the ball came to the Davis, the midfielder dragged his effort wide. Billingham eventually added a fourth - BEDDOW rifling home inside the box after a fine one-two with Lavan. McDonald saw some rare action inside Town’s final third, making a quick double save from Robson and the final chance of the game came to Hogan, but yet again, Steavens produced another reactionary save - this time with his left leg. Chester were reduced to ten men when a player ran off the pitch citing toilet requirements; the said player was never to be seen again!

FT Chester Le Street Town 0 Billingham Town 4

McDonald, Moore (c), Robinson (McPhillips), Connor (Hillerby), Flounders, Summers, Beddow (Jackson), Davis, Hutchinson, Lavan, Hogan.
Unused: Oakley, Kirkbride.

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