Injury-hit Hexham struggle as Cramlington top league table
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
AS the recent injury crisis still shows no sign of waning a trip to Cramlington Town was not what the Tynedale side wanted, but they equipped themselves well and produced a good performance.
Sixteen-year-old David Fava took his place in goal again and showed tremendous confidence when after five minutes produced a great finger tipped save to deny the home side which had started very well.
This save from Shanks was from the top drawer and was statement to the potential David has.
After a slightly shaky start Hexham began to get a grip on the game with Thomas North playing in an unfamiliar role in the middle of the park getting more of the ball and making breaks into the opposition half.
He was unlucky with a shot after a good move involving Sam Armstrong and Steven Coates which originated down the left flank; this looked the best attacking option for Hexham.
After looking a more attacking force the tables were turned on Hexham when a cross ball to Cramlington’s left flank found the dangerous Adam Shanks who controlled the pass well and with one touch cut inside and curled his shot into the far corner of the goal to give the home side a one goal advantage.
Hexham came straight back and almost equalised with an Armstrong drive which looked when he hit that to be heading high and wide but the vicious dip on the ball had Hanson in the home goal worried as it only just cleared his goal.
The work rate from Hexham was top quality and despite the absence of several regulars Cramlington knew they were in a contest.
At the break the home side still had the one goal advantage and a larger proportion of the play but Fava apart from one top class save has a reasonably quite half as the defenders in front of him were in top form.
Second half began similar to how the first ended with Cramlington having a slight advantage but by no means looking comfortable with their slender lead.
If anything Hexham were looking stronger and on 52 minutes a Charlie Harkness break and pass into the path of Sam Armstrong had the home defence desperately trying to quell the threat the two Tynedale youngsters had created.
It was not working for Cramlington so they made a double substitution and went to five across the middle to give them some width to attack down the flanks.
This did have an impact on the game as fresh legs often brings but thanks to another good save from Fava and a glaring miss from Cristian Priest the Hexham goal stayed intact.
At the other end Harkness was working hard to create an opening and from a low driven cross and the faintest of connections from Harvey, home keeper Hanson was pleased to block the effort then was delighted to smother the ball before any further damage was done.
The game was entering the final 15 minutes before the substitutions paid off for the home side when Jordan Watson scored after coming off the bench.
That really was the end of any hopes had of Hexham getting back into the game which was further compounded when the assistant’s flag chalked off a Hexham effort from debutant Kyle Stokes when he converted after a Kurtis Harvey effort which had hit the post.
There was still a little time left for some drama David Fava was adjudged to have tripped Adam Shanks in the box which he was shown a yellow card, it was a 50/50 call but when your lucks out that what happens.
But justice was seen to done when Shanks hit the spot kick high and wide of the goal.
This win along with other results meant Cramlington went top of the table and Hexham remained in ninth place, but the commitment shown by the visitors was there to be seen and if the injury list shortens it will not long before the Hexham points total starts increasing.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.