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Oliver: Keep winning to keep Hebburn Town’s season alive

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Scott Oliver is hoping Hebburn Town rediscover their defensive solidity when they entertain Durham City at home tomorrow.

Oliver, who spoke after Friday night’s game against Whickham, said: “We didn’t do enough at Whickham to win as we started both halves slowly.

“However, we recovered well, but there is still room for improvement in our play.

“I was not happy with us defensively as we never looked comfortable and we need to get back to clean sheets.

“All credit to Adam Rundle, Channon North and Paul Chow, who came off the bench and made a huge difference.”

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s encounter, Oliver said: “We face a tough game tomorrow as Durham are one of the six teams that have beaten us in the league this season, plus they beat fifth placed Thornaby last Saturday.

“They have a good young squad and are capable of beating anyone on their day.

“We have a few injury niggles, but nothing too serious.

“Hopefully, the game will go ahead because it’s been over two months since we last played a home game.

“A few lads have had a dip in form in the last two games and we will not be slow to make changes.

“We need to keep winning to keep our season alive.

“Eventually, the games will be coming thick and fast and the lads showed last Friday, coming from behind twice, that they have the fight needed.”

Durham City should have Craig Hennis back, but Steve Malloy and Sam Joyce are unavailable.

Manager Ollie Hotchkiss said: “We expect a very tough game against a top side, but if we can play well and work hard then we can achieve a positive result, but we must be at our very best.”