Results tagged “football” from Northumberland communities - Hexham
It was great to welcome our friends from Drumchapel United 2001s to Dukeshouse who made the three hour travel from Glasgow to play us in a pre season friendly on Friday.
Thanks to all our coaches who organised the players with the helpers who turned their kitchen skills to producing the drinks and hot dogs.
Pictured is the great trophy presented to the club from Drumchapel Coach David Smith and the team before the match
Special thanks to David (Mourinho) Roberts for managing on the day and Angela for the match report below
This was always going to be a game of juggling players taking into account the number of Hexham Greens Players U13s and U12s Season 2013/14 that turned up - 22 in total.
We were a little concerned from the kick off when Drumchapel Scored in the first minute, however, it was no indication of how the match was to proceed. A few strong words from the touchline, encouraging the players and getting them to focus their attention on the match, changed the flow of play.
Hexham finishing as the winning team scoring 8 goals and only conceding 2 was credit to their commitment in the match taking into account there were players aged 9-10 years old. What was particularly pleasing was we played the last 8 minutes of the game with a full team of young players which must give them lots of confidence going into the new Season.
All players who turned up got some time on the pitch and contributed to the final result.
This was held at the Blue Flames Sports Club Whitley Road Newcastle. The league has lost five teams this season
• Heaton Stannington (Promoted to Northern League)
• Harraby United (Resigned)
• Amble United (Resigned()
• Morpeth Town A (Resigned)
• Alston (Resigned)
To replace them the league welcomed
• West Allotment Celtic Reserves
• Gateshead Leam Rangers
These clubs will take their place in Division Two in season 2013-14, which will begin on August 10th and during that month there will be three midweek fixtures. The accounts and secretaries report was accepted and the main officials and League Management Committee were all re-elected. The vacant position on the LMC was taken by Tim Hutchinson from Newcastle Benfield Reserves.
After weeks of waiting since winning the semi final of the NFA Minor Cup Hexham had their chance to play at the home of football in Northumberland NFA HQ Whitley Park. Their opponents in this prestigious event were fellow Alliance side Red House Farm who they have enjoyed many close matches with of the past seasons. The injury crisis which had dogged the Tynedale side over the last few weeks of the league fixtures slightly eased and a strong side was named in their bid for cup success. Hexham settled first and rocked back Red House immediately; Marc Nixon powered through the defence after only three minutes and his shot beat goalkeeper Curran only to be blocked on the goal line and hacked away. Red House was clearly not coping with the midfield trio of Hexham who were spraying the ball across the width of the pitch.
On five minutes full back Orin Parkinson fired an effort into the side netting when he was given space to shoot as the defenders were trying to close the midfield. Hexham's opponents are a good side backed up by their back to back promotions and were soon back into the game after the early onslaught, Lee Brady went close when he was given to much space at the back post and Shane Brooks went close with a glancing header very soon after that. After these opportunities it was a surprise that there was only fifteen minutes gone on the clock and the score was still blank as any or all of these chances could have brought about a goal. As the half wore on the game levelled out and defences and midfields took over not producing any major goal threat for the remainder of the half.
This was the final game for Hexham in what has been a long season but they have completed the target that they set themselves. There target was to consolidate themselves after the promotion as Champions last year and to have a decent run in one of the cups. So with a solid mid table position achieved and the NFA Minor Cup Final to look forward to it was mission accomplished. So this was a end of season game to be used as a warm up for the the Final which was only four days away, their opponents Cullercoats it was a different scenario all together. A recent bad run had seen them drop into the relegation zone and six points was required from their last three outings was a minimum requirement to remain in the first division of the Northern Alliance.
Hexham showed no mercy to the visitors and went to town in the first half, despite still being many players short they played some of their best football of the season in that first forty five minutes. Marc Nixon was outstanding opening the scoring after only seven minutes when he just brushed aside his markers and power a shot past the startled Cullercoats keeper Mason.
League points were vital in the Saints battle against relegation and it showed in their play as they went all out to gain maximum reward against an injury hit Hexham outfit. Once again coach Jordan Moore picked up the gloves as all three keepers were unavailable which has to be a worry with the Minor Cup final only 6 days away. Before today's game along with the goal keeping crisis the Coates brothers, Tom North, Matty Blackith, and Patrick MacAllindon all have serious injuries. Add to that the knocks skipper Gavin Cox and Tom Hacking are carrying the last thing they needed was the sight of leading goal scorer Liam Heenan limping off with a hamstring pull which puts his appearance at Whitley Road in doubt.
The early pressure came from the Saints as Ryan Ferrier shot over the crossbar and stand in stopper Moore made a great one handed save from Liam Taylor. Saints had the urgency to press but they always failed to deliver to final ball and at the break the scores were level but really Hexham could have been in front if Connor Buchanan had been able to convert a header from six yards out. Connor probably had too much time and took his eye off the ball at a vital time.