Depleted Hexham made to struggle
Published at 07:36, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
WITH Hexham’s threadbare squad still struggling to cope with injuries, a trip to league leaders Newcastle Chemfica could not have come at a worse time for the Tynedale outfit.
Chemfica’s early season form had them sitting at the top of Northern Alliance Division One, with five wins from five games.
This was a Combination Cup tie however, and Hexham were hoping for an upset that would see them progress in the competition.
It would be easier said than done, however.
With five first-teamers out of action and a further three unavailable due to work commitments, getting anything out of the game was always going to be a tall order.
Despite some threatening crosses from returning midfielder Thomas North, Hexham were unable to turn pressure into goals and were punished midway through the first half.
A ball into the box that should have been cleared ended up at the feet of Chemfica’s Martin Dixon, who had too much time to pick his spot.
This was the start of a disastrous 15 minute spell for Hexham, who went in at half time on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.
Dieu Lomana pounced on a rebound to slot home a second, and Steve Mclaughlin dispatched a hotly disputed penalty, giving the home side a three goal advantage and leaving Hexham with a mountain to climb.
A spell of defensive lapses proved costly for the visitors, though they will take heart from the fact that they tightened things up after the break. Scott Robson even managed to poke home a consolation goal from close range.
But despite a spirited effort in the second half the game was already out of reach for Hexham.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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