Thursday, 7 March 2013

Town drop precious promotion ponts as Ryton leave with a draw


TOWN saw their promotion hopes suffer a setback as Ryton left the RGPS with a point on Saturday.

A goal from Carl Chillingsworth early in the second half, his 20th of the season, looked to have given an uninspired Town a much-needed three points, but Paul King stunned the hosts with an equaliser

Manager Mark Fanning shuffled his pack following the extra time victory over Ryhope three days earlier but the decision to rest several players backfired as Town dropped down to fifth.

After the excitement of the midweek cup tie, this could not have been a bigger contrast. Passes all too often went astray as Town failed to find their usual rhythm.

But Fanning's side finally made the breakthrough thanks to Chillingsworth's fine finish early in the second half. However, Town were unable to build on it as King forced an equaliser soon after and it finished all square.

"We never really got going today," said Fanning. "The tempo and will to win were missing. Our passing was terrible and our decision making even worse. We made changes after Wednesday's tough game but this now looks like a bad decision."

TOWN - Briggs, Dunn, Smurthwaite, Winters, Shoulder, Bowman, Laing, Parkin, Burton
Chillingsworth, Emson. Subs - Dunwell, Anderson.

REFEREE: M. Hedley



  1. We have quite a few easy games comming up so i'm sure we will be back in the race. Think the Manager should play his strongest team every game from now on, don't have to keep players or others involved happy.

  2. with Jarrow Roofing and Whitehaven up next I would hardly call that easy, plus we have Morpeth and Jarrow away still to come.
    Anyway, as has been shown all season, there are no easy games in this league. Two defeats to second-bottom Esh Winning shows that. Anyone can beat anyone on the day. We just need to concentrate on our games, treat each opponent with respect and hopefully we get the necessary results.
    A top three finish is going to be tough now but we certainly have the quality in the squad to achieve it. We all need to get behind the lads and help them over the line.

  3. Yes your right, but as fans there only so much we can do, its up to the manager and players.