Goalkeeper crisis won’t derail Hebburn bid – Oliver

Jason Blackburn has a fitness test
Jason Blackburn has a fitness test

Hebburn Town manager Scott Oliver is hoping a goalkeeper crisis won’t derail his side’s bid to challenge for one of the promotion places.

The Hornets are without their three regular shot-stoppers for tomorrow’s game against Brandon.

But Oliver still expects his side to continue their run of good form which has seen them propel themsleves up to ninth in the Northern League Division Two table.

Oliver said: “We have a keeper problem tomorrow as all three of our keepers are working so Anthony Dixon will play.

“He has played for the club in the past and will be fine.”

Elsewhere, Jason Blackburn will again have a fitness test while Hebburn will be without Ally Downey Rhys Williams, Dan Chambers and James Talbot, who are all out injured.

Striker Glen Hargrave, meanwhile, is at work and Oliver must decide whether to stick with the players who beat Easington 2-0 in midweek or recall some of his big-hitters.

He added: “We again have had a good week.

“Both teams made changes on Wednesday night although we had only 12 players to choose from so we had no choice.

“It was a very mature performance and another win and clean sheet. We are six unbeaten and going well.

“I must decide whether to bring the established players back in or stick with the young lads who were great.

“Brandon will be fresh, having played no midweek game, and we may have to be patient but we must win to keep pushing the top three.”.