HEBBURN Town boss Scott Oliver praised the way his side bounced back from last week’s defeat to keep their promotion bid on course.
Oliver saw his team’s run of eight successive wins come to a grinding halt last weekend when they lost 2-0 at home to Ryhope.
But the players responded superbly, hammering Birtley Town 4-1 on Tuesday night to remain in the hunt for a top three spot in the Northern League Division Two table.
They complete a run of three successive home games tomorrow when they host Thornaby, with Oliver praising his squad.
“I was delighted with the way we bounced back on Tuesday,” he said.
“We were 4-0 up at half-time and it allowed me to take key players off early and keep them fresh for tomorrow.
“We are playing well and looking sharp and hungry.
“Last Saturday’s defeat against an experienced Ryhope team has made the lads even hungrier to do well.”
Oliver welcomes back attacker Josh Allan into his squad for tomorrow’s game, but Andy McIntosh, Jak Quantrill and Owen Peterson are all out.
Thornaby represent a banana skin for Hebburn, having already beaten them on Teesside earlier this season.
Oliver’s hopeful of another three points, however, believing his team will be full of confidence after their fine recent run.
He added: “We are the form team but there’s no such thing as an easy or hard run-in.
“We had a good crowd on Tuesday and we’re hoping for the same tomorrow.
“The game won’t be easy. Thornaby beat us at their place but I think we will be boosted by Tuesday. We played some great football.”
Hebburn sit fifth in the table, four points behind third-placed Team Northumbria with four games in hand.