Hebburn boss hopes lockdown does not derail promotion push

Hebburn Town in action.Hebburn Town in action.
Hebburn Town in action.
Hebburn Town manager Kevin Bolam is concerned that his side’s push for promotion could be disrupted by the impending month-long lockdown.

The Hornets moved seven points clear at the top of the Northern League Division One table as they claimed an eleventh win in 12 league games against Northallerton Town on Saturday.

In-form striker Cedwyn Scott grabbed a brace to take his recent tally to 20 goals in nine games and Tom Potter and Michael Richardson were also on target as Bolam’s side boosted their chances of securing promotion into the Northern Premier League’s second tier.

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But the Hebburn boss admitted that he is “a bit perplexed” as news is awaited over what impacted lockdown will have on grassroots football.

He told The Gazette: “It was no secret what was happening because word had already got out about lockdown on Saturday morning.

“So one of the discussions we had before the game was that we knew we would be top of the league, but could we make that lead even bigger before the break?

“We knew the likes of Newcastle Benfield and North Shields were in the Vase, and we knew a win would put us seven points clear.

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“But I have to say I am a bit perplexed by the whole situation and I don’t know what impact the decision will have on us until we get the lads back.

“We have done ever so well during a really tough start to the season, so hopefully we can continue that soon.

“The lads will keep ticking over, hopefully we can get them in for training.”

Bolam hailed his players for their professional display as they maintained their perfect home record in the league against the North Yorkshire outfit.

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On a blustery day on South Tyneside, the Hornets always looked in control in a game Bolam believes they had to win.

“The conditions weren’t great, the pitch was a bit bobbly, but the professionalism of our side was excellent,” added Bolam.

“We got the job done early against a side that can hurt you and credit to them because they have improved massively since last season.

“But if you have aspirations of doing well, you have to win games like that and I am pleased that we did.”