Revenge is sweet for 10-man Shields
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
HEXHAM let slip a half time advantage as their visitors North Shields Athletic took the opportunity to go top of the treewith a 3-1 away win.
Having defeated Shields 4-3 on the opening day of the season, Hexham looked set to complete the double as they created the better of the chances in the opening period.
However, a confident Athletic re-emerged from the break to put an out-of-sorts Hexham to the sword.
Still missing five regulars but with a full squad of 16 for what seemed like an eternity, Hexham were nearly rocked on 13 minutes when Ben Pollock hit the woodwork with a tremendous drive.
The hosts took the game by the scruff of the neck on 20 minutes, Charlie Harkness passing up the team’s best opportunity by scuffing wide his shot on an open goal.
He came close again moments later but could not get anything on Stuart Brown’s cross after a great run towards the bye-line.
Brown continued to carve open the visiting defence and he played the ball over the top, Scott Robson winning the race with goalkeeper Ross Thomas to break the deadlock.
Shields came racing out of the traps at the break and gained the upper hand with a brace of goals, Sean Millington given a free header and impressive striker John Wyres given too much space to pick their spots.
With the game finely balanced, the pressure started to tell and an altercation saw Shields’ Pollock thrust his head towards opponent Michael Robson and start a mass skirmish. Robson was flashed yellow but Pollock saw red.
As Hexham pushed on to try to make most of their man advantage, they were caught out at the back with Neil Climpson netting to make sure of the three points.
l The gulf in class proved too much when Division One basement boys, Heddon, travelled to Premier side Blyth Town.
The visitors have had a tumultuous start to the new campaign and things did not improve as they were beaten by six goals in the Northumberland FA Benevolent Bowl.
While their county cup exploits did not last long, things look likely to improve in the league.
The return of leading striker Dan Robinson is a major boost to the team, the 24-year-old marking his first game back with two goals in their 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Willington Quay Saints.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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