Hebburn still unbeaten – but boss not happy with displays

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Hebburn Town boss Scott Oliver is not happy with his players – even though they are unbeaten in the league this season.

Oliver watched his side win 4-2 against Stokesley in midweek to move into fifth spot in the Northern League Division Two table.

Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver

Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver

But he felt his players under-performed in the game, especially in comparison to the high standards they set themselves last season.

Then, the Hornets narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

That’s the ambition again this term, and with two wins and a draw in their opening three games, it’s a decent start to their bid.

Not that Oliver is too impressed.

“I wasn’t happy with the display against Stokesley,” he said.

“We were very sloppy, and in general our play has been poor since we came back after the summer.

“It’s not something I will accept. The lads have been told to improve – last season counts for nothing.

“The fixtures so far this season have been kind to us.”

Hebburn take on Esh Winning on Saturday with Oliver still without a full squad through injuries and holidays.

However, he has added James Talbot, signed from South Shields, to his squad.

Craig Malley remains a doubt with a groin problem while Scott Wallace and Callum Smith are absent.

“We have got too many players trying to get fit on the pitch because they have missed pre-season games due to injuries and holidays,” Oliver added.