Super-subs guide Hebburn to victory over Willington

Lee McMahon
Lee McMahon

Hebburn Town’s good home continued as they beat struggling Willington 2-0 to improve their position in the Northern League Division Two table.

However, they left it late before disposing of the visitors, and needed the introduction of second-half substitutes Lee McMahon and Callum Smith to swing the game in their favour.

The result, however, left manager Scott Oliver pleased with his side’s progress as they bounced back from last week’s away defeat against Northallerton.

Oliver said: “It was our fourth straight home win and our fourth clean sheet at home in a row.

“We deserved the three points and are slowly climbing the table.”

Hebburn went into the game as favourites, with Willington third from bottom, and they dominated the first half , with Willington goalkeeper Stephen Robinson twice saving from Channon North.

Hebburn goalkeeper Phil Holgate was forced into a fine save on the half-hour mark as the visitors threatened, but the game remained goalless at the interval.

The second half started in a similar fashion, with Hebburn dominating but unable to score.

With 20 minutes left, substitutes McMahon and Smith came on, and the change was to prove crucial.

On 75 minutes, North crossed from the byline, strike partner Glen Hargrave missed his kick, but Callum Smith was on hand to slam the loose ball home.

Minutes later, the game was put out of Willington’s reach as centre-half Chris Smith came up for a corner and looped his header from McMahon’s flag kick over the head of Robinson.

The result sees Hebburn move up to 14th spot in the Division Two standings, with 26 points from their 20 games.

They were due to face South Shields in a South Tyneside derby tomorrow night, but the game has been postponed after Shields’ FA Vase game against Consett was postponed on Saturday, meaning the Mariners must play the rearranged fixture tomorrow instead.