Hebburn had to come back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over Brandon United in the Ebac Northern League Second Division game at the weekend.
Brandon’s improvement in recent weeks was clear for all to see when they immediately took the play to Hebburn.
Anthony Dixon was called into action in the first couple of minutes to stop goal-bound efforts, corners and crosses.
Brandon’s pressure paid off when they took a very much deserved lead in the eighth minute.
A corner from the left was delivered to the far post and was met by a header back across the six yard box where it was slammed home with Dixon helpless.
Brandon continued to control the game and although Hebburn held them at bay, the Hornets were rarely in the opponents half as Brandon attacked down both flanks.
After 25 minutes, Hebburn clawed their way back into the game when Scott Wallace drove to the byline and his low cross was met firmly by Channon North to beat Orton in the Brandon goal.
The Hornets could count themselves fortunate to be on level terms at this stage, but might have taken the lead just before the interval when a cross from Chris Feasey was met almost on the goal-line by Alan Pegram, but as he stretched he got under the ball and headed it over the bar.
Hebburn came out for the second half with more purpose and played higher up the pitch.
Pegram was narrowly wide of the mark after 55 minutes when his clever shot from outside the box curled past the upright, and five minutes later the Hornets took the lead.
Chris Smith won the ball in his own half and released a 40-yard pass to Chris Feasey.
Feasey took the pass in his stride and went round the full-back to find James Davidson with a pin-point cross which Davidson headed firmly into the corner of the goal with the keeper an onlooker.
Brandon had not given up the chase and Dixon had to be alert to hang on to a free-kick which bounced just in front of him with the Brandon forwards waiting to pounce.
However, Hebburn were able to see the game out to secure a valuable three points, which extends their run of wins to seven.
On Wednesday, Hebburn face Hartlepool FC, from the Wearside League, at home in a Durham Challenge Cup Tie and then on Saturday, the Hornets travel to Crook Town.