Commitment needed for Hebburn Town’s future

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Boss Scott Oliver says Hebburn Town needs a squad full of committed players to ensure a brighter future.

The Northern League Divison Two club has hit troubled times of late but were boosted by a record crowd of 530 on Tuesday night when Peter Beardsley took a Newcastle U23 side to play in a fund-raising game.

Hebburn play their final league game of the season tomorrow when they entertain Blyth Town.

A point or more would see Hebburn finish the campaign in ninth place, a place behind tomorrow’s visitors.

But Oliver says a fully committed group of players is essential in the future to bring better times on the pitch.

Glen Hargrave, Ian Bickerstaff, Jason Blackburn and,keeper Steve Hubery all return after missing last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

But Adam Rundle is unavailable, with Mick Watson, Callum Smith and Craig Malley all doubts after coming off in Tuesday’s game against Newcastle.

“We have become a Jekyll and Hyde team in the last month, summed up in the last three games – really good against Heaton Stan and Newcastle, but terrible against Ryton,” said Oliver.

“If the team is to improve, the players – old or new – need to be available more often so we can pick settled teams.

“We need to make changes to the squad to make us more consistent. On our day we look a very good team but overall this group has underachieved.

“Of course we are all grateful for how the players have stayed with us during our problems. They are great lads and have helped us see out the season.”

The club is hoping for another big crowd tomorrow, and again on Wednesday evening when a young Sunderland side are the visitors (6.30pm)

“Blyth Town are a team I expect to go up next season, so it will be a tough game,” said Oliver.

“The crowd on Tuesday was great to see. The potential at this club is huge but we must get things right so we do not end up in this situation again.”

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Brett Wilson is a doubt with an ankle injury. Otherwise, manager Paul Mossa has the rest of the squad available.