HEBBURN Town manager Scott Oliver is gearing his players up for what could be a crucial seven days in their season.
The Hornets are bidding to bounce back to the Northern League top flight at the first time of asking after their relegation from Division One last season.
It’s a big seven days.Scott Oliver
After a stunning start to the season, where they went unbeaten until October, Hebburn’s results dipped alarmingly, but they are back in top form with eight successive league victories.
That sequence has catapulted them back on to the fringes of the promotion race, and set up an exciting end to the season.
Hebburn now have three home games in a week, starting against Ryhope tomorrow.
“It’s a big seven days,” said Oliver. “We go Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, all at home, against Ryhope, Birtley and Thornaby.
“It’s not quite make or break, as I believe we need to win six from our last 10 games.
“It’s a very important week, however.”
Oliver hopes to add a midfielder to his ranks before kick-off at the Sports and Social Ground tomorrow as he gets his squad ready for a final push.
“The player is too good to leave for next season,” Oliver added.
“I’m hoping to have him signed in time for the Ryhope game. He’s an ex-Gateshead Reserves player but he won’t go straight into the team.”
Hebburn are fifth in the Division Two table and trail third-placed Washington by five points, though they have four games in hand.
Washington, who have stumbled of late, got their promotion bid back on track in midweek with a fine victory over runaway league leaders Seaham Red Star.
Oliver, who welcomes back Ross Toward into his squad tomorrow, says his side can’t rely on other teams dropping points, however.
“Results have gone our way of late, but we can’t expect teams to give up,” he said.
“Ryhope will be a tough game as they have improved of late.”