Hebburn Town boss short on numbers and demands more commitment

Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver

Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver

Hebburn Town manager Scott Oliver is facing a selection dilemma ahead of their Ebac Northern League Division Two season opener away at newly promoted Blyth Town.

Oliver is faced with seven absentees tomorrow, with Callum Smith also certain to miss the game with a knee injury.

Goalkeeper Steve Hubery returns to the squad after missing the last four pre-season games.

It’s not the greatest start to the season for Hebburn who will be looking to aim higher than their 10th placed finish of last season.

Oliver commented: “We have had a troubled two weeks with arguably losing our best player Marc Costello to Washington and a bad knee injury to Chris Feasey.

“Blyth Town will come at us flying tomorrow and to be honest, we are not picking the first 11, we are just simply putting lads out to make a team.

“This came to a head on Tuesday night against Jarrow when two lads in their forties started the game.

“The players have been warned I expect an improvement in availability for training and games.

“If I do not get it then I will walk away or players will be put on the transfer list. My patience is wearing thin.”