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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Hebburn inflict shock defeat on title-chasing Wallington

WALLINGTON’S pursuit of top spot in the Northern Alliance was thwarted when they were humbled by basement boys Hebburn Reyrolle.

Jordan Nellis was sent off for Wallington.

Despite Dan Thompson levelling the scores after 15 minutes, The Greens slumped to a 4-1 defeat – the first time they have lost in the league in five games.

Second placed Wallington had been warned against complacency, but they had barely touched the ball by the time Hebburn broke the deadlock with a wonder strike from 25 yards.

Almost immediately, the hosts came close to making it 2-0 but an overhit cross just evaded a striker arriving at the far post.

But back came Wallington and they were presented with the opportunity to draw level when Jordan Nellis was cynically tripped just outside the area after being played through on goal.

With the Hebburn player somewhat fortunate to stay on the park, he was further reprieved when Ben Fenwick’s free kick was expertly tipped around the post.

Spurred on, the team from Scots Gap continued to ask questions with Thompson striking a tester on goal moments before finding the net.

Tenacious play from Nellis saw him evade a number of tackles before laying the ball to Sam Walton, who in turn directed it to Thompson. The striker took aim and lofted his shot over the stranded goalkeeper to bring the sides level.

Thompson then almost turned provider when his through ball found Kyle Reardon but his shot was blocked, as was Walton’s seconds later.

The best chance of the half, though, fell to Jack Palmer whose marauding run and cross bounced inches past the post, and just beyond Justin Millican’s reach.

Unable to make the most of their chances, Wallington were ultimately punished as two defensive errors left goalkeeper Chris Woods exposed and resulted in him conceding from two excellent finishes.

Alex Slack missed a great opportunity to reduce the deficit and then things grew worse for Wallington when Jordan Nellis was shown a second yellow in the space of 10 minutes for a late challenge on the goalkeeper - Wallington’s sixth red card of the campaign.

A late flurry from the away side saw Walton in a good position.

But the usually reliable midfield man fired high to sum up a dismal second half display.

The unforgiving hosts compounded their misery when another long range effort flew over Woods for a final scoreline of 4-1.