Hebburn defender set to rack up century of appearances

Kris Summers
Kris Summers

Kris Summers will make his 100th appearance for Hebburn Town tomorrow with a ringing endorsement from manager Scott Oliver.

Defender Summers is in line to start against Stokesley as the Hornets look to continue their fine home form in the Northern League Division Two.

The centre-half has been a regular fixture for the club over the last couple of years and his commitment has earned his manager’s praise.

“The lad travels from Hartlepool to play,” said Oliver.

“He plays for the club as he enjoys himself – no other reason. He has turned down clubs on his doorstep.

“Scott Wallace and Chris Smith have also recently hit the 100 mark and they’re all under 23.

“They’ve been with me since the start at Hebburn and all have great attitudes.”

Summers will be without his central defensive partner Smith tomorrow through suspension, while Callum Smith is at work and Ian Bickerstaff has a knee injury.

Oliver added: “The back four have been good all season.

“Chris will be a miss tomorrow, and I will have to change the defence for the first time in months.

“Stokesley are bottom and struggling. We must take three points.

“Last week’s game being off was a blow as our home form is so good.”

Hebburn sit 15th in the Division Two table, with 26 points from 21 games.

Stokesley, meanwhile, have yet to win all season, drawing once and losing their other 20 league games, though their single point did come against league leaders South Shields.