Hebburn boss sets points target – and wants striker to score 60 goals

GOAL TARGET ... North.
GOAL TARGET ... North.

HEBBURN Town boss Scott Oliver has set his side a stiff target if they want to achieve promotion – and has also laid down the gauntlet to star striker Channon North.

Hebburn take on Esh Winning tomorrow looking to build on a remarkable run of seven successive league victories.

The form has propelled them back into the promotion race after a tough spell before Christmas seemed to have scuppered their hopes of bouncing back to the Northern League’s top flight at the first attempt.

Seaham Red Star look nailed on for the title, but with Norton and Stockton slipping up last weekend, Oliver hasn’t given up hope of chasing either them, or Washington, down for one of the promotion places.

Hebburn sit fifth in the Division Two table, 10 points adrift of Washington and eight behind Norton, but with games in hand on the pair – and the Hornets boss has spelled out what his side must do between now and the end of the season.

“We need to win 10 of our last 14 games to go up,” Oliver revealed.

“Channon has 40 goals for the season now and I have set him a target of 60.

“We have seven wins in a row and we have the momentum.

“Norton and Washington are budgeted to go up, but we have no such pressure.

“There’s a long way to go and it’s a competitive league – Norton’s defeat at Alnwick last weekend proved that.”

While Norton’s 4-3 defeat at lowly Alnwick was a boost for Hebburn, it also showed Oliver that shock results can happen in Division Two.

And he says he has warned his team about complacency ahead of their trip to Esh Winning tomorrow.

“Esh are third bottom but they have improved of late,” he added.

“We have an honest bunch of players but they will be warned about being complacent.”