Hebburn Town’s squad ‘decimated’

Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver
Hebburn Town FC manager Scott Oliver

Hebburn Town boss Scott Oliver is facing an early selection crisis ahead of their game against Tadcaster Albion tomorrow.

The Hornets host Tadcaster in the FA Cup extra preliminary round (3pm kick-off) on the back of an unbeaten start to the season.

The squad is decimated by injuries

Scott Oliver

But Wednesday night’s goalless draw with Birtley Town came at a heavy price for Oliver’s men, with a number of injuries being picked up.

It’s left Oliver desperately short for tomorrow’s clash after a ‘nightmare’ evening.

He said: “The squad is decimated by injuries.

“I’ve lost Chris Locke with a broken collarbone, Marc Costello has pulled his quad muscle and Adam Ingram with a pulled hamstring from Wednesday night’s game.

“We ended up playing the last 10 minutes with nine men as we’d used all our substitutes.

“It was just a nightmare night.”

Added to the injuries, Oliver is without a number of other players tomorrow.

Leading striker and skipper Channon North, plus experienced midfielder Alan Pegram, are both at weddings, while Glen Hargrave is on holiday and Callum Smith remains on the injured list.

However, goalkeeper Phil Holgate and striker Shaun Reay return to the squad after missing the Birtley game.

It means the clash against Northern Counties East outfit Tadcaster will be a difficult one for Hebburn – as Oliver is expecting.

“Tadcaster made the quarter-finals of the FA Vase last season and are a very ambitious club, so it will be a tough test,” he added.