Hebburn boss hails in-form strikers

RETURN ... Channon North.
RETURN ... Channon North.

HEBBURN Town manager Scott Oliver hailed the impact of his two strikers Channon North and Shaun Reay after a vital 2-1 win over Northallerton.

The in-form duo were both on the scoresheet to give the Hornets the perfect start to the New Year on Saturday.

Reay opened the scoring before strike partner North bagged his 37th goal of an incredible campaign to win a hard-fought clash.

The win keeps Hebburn’s hopes of rejoining the promotion race still intact.

A drab first half had seen little in the way of clear-cut chances for either side before the game suddenly came to life after the hour mark.

A great Hebburn move ended with Reay taking on the shot and it clipped off a Northallerton defender before looping over goalkeeper Matthew Calvert.

Hoever, the visitors came back strongly and equalised through Simon Pinkney’s powerful header after a scramble in the box.

But the lead was to be shortlived and top scorer North won the game for Hebburn on 74 minutes with another great finish from the edge of the area.

It was the big striker’s first game back after missing three matches with suspension, and Oliver paid tribute to him and Reay.

“They’ve now got almost 60 goals between them,” he said. Channon was a bit rusty but scoed when it mattered.

“It was an even first half but we were much better after the break and knew we had to be patient.

“It’s another good win and keeps us on track”

The victory leaves Hebburn in fifth spot in the Northern League Division Two table, still 10 points behind third-placed Norton & Stockton.

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