Hebburn ponder formation change


SCOTT Oliver could change Hebburn Town’s formation tomorrow as he looks to get them back on track for a promotion push.

The Hornets host Alnwick Town in a Northern League Division Two game off the back of Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat against league leaders Seaham Red Star.

That reverse left Hebburn eighth in the table, 12 points off a promotion place.

Oliver has admitted it will be a tough ask to get his side back in the frame from that position, but is willing to give it a go.

“We didn’t create enough chances against Seaham,” he said.

“Both teams on Tuesday had players missing but we missed a good opportunity, which frustrated me.

“We got off to the worst possible start with an own goal after 80 seconds, but played well in the first half after that.

“In the second half, we just fell apart, with mistake after mistake.

“There will be changes tomorrow – there might even be a change in system.

“We will still play two up front but I may play 3-5-2 as it gets Lee McMahon on the ball more, plus we have three centre-halves available.

“We have lost Dan Smith, and Channon North is suspended. They are two big players for us, so we have to find a way to win without them.

“I didn’t enjoy the second half on Tuesday, and won’t accept it.”

As well as being without North for tomorrow’s game, Jak Quantrill is working, but Kris Summers, Ross Toward and Gary Rogers return.

Alnwich come into the gamein 17th position, having lost their last seven of their last eight games in all competitions.

They have conceded 39 goals in those eight games, with only Esh Winning having shipped more goals in the league than them this season.