Hebburn Town boss Scott Oliver has set his side an ambitious target for 2016.
After coming so close to promotion last season, only missing out on the top three in the final couple of games, the new campaign has been a tough one for Oliver and his side as they’ve struggled for consistency.
However, the manager remains convinced he has a good squad at his disposal, and has backed them to blast their way up the table in the second half of the season – with a target of finishing in the Northern League Division Two’s top six.
With Hebburn languising in 16th going into tomorrow’s home game against Easington, it may seem like a tall order for the club to achieve Oliver’s desire, but he wants them to have a good go.
“There is still lots to play for this season,” said Oliver. “There’s still half of the season to go.
“Our target is the top six, despite having a very disappointing first half of the season.”
First up is a game against a dangerous Easington outfit, who have made a good start to life back in the Northern League, and sit eighth going into the game.
They are nine points better off than Hebburn, though Oliver is hoping his side’s impressive home form will give them the edge.
He added: “I’m confident the game will be on, despite the weather.
“We’ve not played for a month which is not ideal.
“Easington are a good, consistent team and will be a good test. I expect a close game.”
Centre-half Chris Smith has a one-match ban so misses the game, as does goalkeeper Phil Holgate.
However, Oliver has the dependable Steve Hubery to call on and he will don the gloves.
Easington, meanwhile, haven’t given up hope of a promotion push in the second half of the campaign, despite slipping down the table in recent weeks.
They name 17-year old striker Jack Devlin in their squad after his return from Queen of the South.
Also listed is Joe Kerridge while Michael Watson and Liam Hodgson are fitness concerns for manager Paul Frame.