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 Post subject: SEASON REVIEW PART ONE
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:51 pm 
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Written by Ray Morton and edited by Graham Hutchinson

SEASON REVIEW

The 2018/19 team started the season with the traditional friendly against Hartlepool United in front of an bumper 1000 crowd. Town drew 1-1 in a close game followed by another 1-1 draw against Whitby town. The next two friendlies saw a convincing 6-0 win against Derbyshire side Holbrook St Michaels and an emphatic 2-0 win over newly promoted Marske United. The final friendly saw York city’s development side defeated 3-1.

The league season started on 4th August 2018 with a new goalkeeper; ex Coventry City Sam Naylor starting at home against Ryton and Crawcrook, the scoring which lasted all season started for Craig Hutchinson with a hat trick and a great drive from sub Matty Hughes in a comfortable 4-1 win in front of one of our lowest crowds of 120.

The first midweek away game was a tricky visit to Jarrow FC but an own goal and Hutchinson getting his fourth with Jamie Davis, Luke Hogan and Elliott Beddow completing a 5-1 rout. Keeper Sam Naylor managed two cautions in these first two games then went to Sweden for three months playing for GIF Sundsvall! He was replaced in goal for the visit to Brandon United by Jack Patton in a game which Town never really got going but goals by newly signed defender Daniel Flounders and a last minute Reece Kenney goal off the keeper gave a narrow 2-1 away to keep the 100% record and on reflection, very important three points. Patton continued in goal for the visit of Bedlington terriers who were mauled 7-0 strangely, Craig Hutchinson did not score. Mark Dixon, skipper Stephen Oakley, Jack Connor(2), Joe Hillerby on his full debut and Davis notched - the crowd was 144.

The next game at Esh Winning proved the vulnerability in defence with 4-4 draw after leading 4-2 through a Hutchinson brace and goals from newly signed from Stockton town Arthur Connelly, and sub Kenney. This prompted the signing from Thornaby of keeper Oliver Simpson in time for the home FA vase 1st qualifying round against Bradford based Campion FC; Simpson played in a comfortable 2-0 win with Craig Hutchinson and Davis scoring in front of 188. Birtley Town were to follow in the second qualifying round in September.

The away games continued at Nissan Sports Complex, against a rugged Washington side, a goalkeeping error let in sub Davis for a 1-0 win, again an important win at a team who were to finish in the bottom three: Simpson keeping his second clean sheet. Our first Friday night game was at home to Northallerton Town who were to finish third and in front of an good crowd of 287, a Hutchinson goal late in the game gave the home side a single point, the unbeaten run continued. The following game was in the FA Vase against fellow second division side Birtley Town and goals from defenders Daniel Flounders, Kris Summers and on his debut, ex Crook Town midfielder Kyle Morris saw a 3-1 win. Dominic Joynes who played last season for Darlington RA and had played regularly left for rivals Synthonia in our first departing transfer.

The next league game was a tricky home game against West Allotment Celtic with a 2-1 win goals coming from Summers and a late Matthew Robinson winner sealed the points and an eight game unbeaten run in front of 153. Michael Baxter scored for Celtic and he was later to haunt us in the return game! A visit to Willington to play Durham city saw an outrageous game with the final score being 8-4, but at one stage Town lead 7.0. Hutchinson inevitably grabbed five goals, Davis a brace and Hillerby completed the scoring. Simpson had some work to do in goal for this game in front of some sloppy defence.

Then Town signed ex striker Ashley Lavan from Guisborough Town in early October and he went into the squad for the EA trophy 1stround tie at Easington Colliery where two goals from subs Lavan and Dan Maddison who would later depart in December to Redcar Athletic and Crook Town respectively, gave a comfortable 3-1 win and a home tie with Jarrow to follow. A trip to north west Durham saw a dour 0-0 draw at Tow Law Town. The following Saturday saw the visit of first division Dunston UTS who were later crowned champions and gained promotion. A close game with Flounders opening the scoring but in the second period, experience took over and Town went out 3-1 in front of a 240 crowd. Simpson was injured after 30 minutes and replaced by Jack Patton in goal the start of an ongoing goalkeeping issue. On Tuesday 16th October was a crucial game against eventual runners up Thornaby at Bedford terrace with the signing of ex Thornaby goalkeeper Michael Duff who went straight into the team and goals from Lavan, Connor and Davis saw a 3-1 win in front of 292.

Duff continued in goal for the next game with a comfortable 3-0 win at Crook Town, goals from Hutchinson, Lavan and Hillerby with a well taken drive while Dixon was sent off for a foul. Following this game, Duff was not available due to a Sunday League suspension and Simpson was injured, Patton had left so Town signed Billingham based young Darlington FC academy keeper Nick Cranston and he started at Gateshead FC in the Durham Challenge Cup and could not prevent a 4-0 defeat. We also signed midfielder Harry Thompson from York city on loan and he started this game. Cranston began the next league game at home to Heaton Stannington who were to finish 4th in front of 225, a lone Hutchinson goal saw a 1-1 draw: Thompson came on as sub and also started the trip on 31st October to Guisborough Town in the League Cup which was another 4-0 defeat with Carl Morris helping out in goal after his transfer from Sunderland RCA. The signing initially on loan of Norton based youngster Lewis McDonald from Marske United provided the vital stability that was needed in goal and two goals each from Luke Hogan and Hutchinson saw a good away 4-2 win at Easington Colliery. Later on in the month, Lewis was to sign permanently for Town.

The second round of the EA trophy brought a visit from Jarrow in front of 148 but a late goal saw Town defeated 1-0 which in many ways wasn’t too much of a problem. The next home game was against an experienced Willington team with referee and assistants from Australia on exchange. The visitors lead most of the game 1-0 and looked like winning but a Willington sending off (Jeff Smith) and goals from Robinson and Connor sealed a 2-1 win. Thompson played his last game before returning to York City from loan. That week saw Matthew Hughes depart to Synthonia and defender Stephen Jackson signed from Northallerton Town.

A Friday night game at home to Redcar Athletic followed in front of 244 and goals from Hutchinson, Lavan and Summers sealed a good 3-1 win against a team who finished 7th in their first season in the league. A trip to Birtley Town saw a 4-0 win with scorers being Summers, Hogan and a Hutchinson brace. Jackson came on as sub for his debut at right back. Liam McPhillips signed from Guisborough Town in late November to provide experienced defence cover .

On 1st December, Jarrow were again the visitors in our third meeting and goals from defender Dixon and another Hutchinson goal saw a 2-0 win in front of 140. Both Connolly and Maddison were transferred to Redcar Athletic. The December visit to Norton to play Synthonia followed and a crowd of 218 saw Hutchinson score a hat trick and Davis added a fourth before half time to run out easy winners 4-0. The game also saw the return from injury of Elliott Beddow. Mid December saw the visit of Washington to Bedford Terrace in front of 143; four goals from Lavan and the inevitable Hutchinson goal saw a 5-3 win and McPhillips made his debut as sub together with Kenney returning from injury. Just before Christmas the fixtures were half way through and a trip to Ryton and Crawcrook saw Hutchinson score two penalties in a closely fought 2-1 away win. The Boxing Day derby against Synthonia saw an entertaining 0-0 in front of a bumper 460 crowd with both Hogan sent off and Daniel Flounders for two yellow cards. Town finished the game with 9 players. This was followed by an outstanding win at Chester Le Street 4-0 with goals from Hogan, Lavan, Hutchinson and Beddow. The unbeaten league run continued into 2019 at 22 games.

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