The season for Hexham is now reaching the nervy stage as the push for promotion heats up and games like this one could quite easily provide a banana skin. The visitors are sitting in mid table but can turn in a performance to trouble the best of opponents. So Hexham were well prepared and ready for a tough game and that is what they got, Wideopen defended well and broke with pace, the first real chance of the match fell to the visitors Nathan Rogerson who should have done better with a free header on the ten minute mark.
That woke Hexham up and Scott Robson had a left foot shot blocked by Leigh Shickle which looked goal bound and skipper Gavin Cox was cursing his luck when his header at the back post took a deflection and shaved the post. They were the best chances of another wise tight encounter with Hexham probing but never really causing the Wideopen any real inconvenience. When the visitors did manage to get the ball into the Hexham penalty area they found the man between the sticks for Hexham Carl Robinson, in supremely confident form dealing with everything thrown at him competently.
This game played at Kingston Park Road brought the top two in the division together in a game that Hexham desperately needed to hang on to the coat tails of the runaway leaders. A vicious howling wind at the backs of the home side played a major part in ruining this match as any sort of spectacle. From the first whistle Red House made their intentions very clear with a dipping effort on goal direct from the kick off.
But Hexham keeper Carl Robinson was alert and confidently pushed the shot over the crossbar. That set the tone for the first half with Red House really shooting on site but never really bothering Robinson with efforts that went wide or their strikers ran into the Hexham central pair of Orin Parkinson and Graeme Turner and they got no change from them. The major talking point of the first half was a penalty claim from the visitors which the referee instantly put his whistle to his mouth but changed his mind before he managed to exhale.
Hexham are now entering a month which will go a long way towards deciding their fate for this season. Two games in eight days against promotion rivals Red House Farm and Wallsend BC and later on tough ties at Bedlington and back at home verses Wideopen and Alnwick will a tough call. If the fixture list was not tough enough for the first of these games they were missing several members of their squad, suspensions, holidays and work all took their toll on the line up. Early on in the game this showed with the normal cohesion missing from the side. In the first minute keeper Carl Robinson pulled off a great save clawing away an effort from Nicky Whitelaw as Wallsend sensed it was going to be their day. Possession wise Hexham weren't in the game in the opening exchanges but remarkably against the run of play they took the lead on nineteen minutes.
Scott Robson fresh from his goal last week fired the home side into the lead with a quick turn and low shot which beat Wallsend keeper Gladstone and his left hand post to nestle into the net. Leading scorer for Hexham Liam Heenan turned provider on this occasion with an excellent cross into feet
With all the Sunday fixtures cancelled due to the local skirmish at St James Park it was left to the NEYDL teams to provide the entertainment at the weekend. Both Hexham u11 teams played host to Killingworth Young Peoples Club and together they gained maximum points. The Greens fell behind early on against the Rockets but a defensive slip up very soon after going behind allowed Seth Kippax-Jones the chance to draw level and he snapped up the opportunity. It was a close game and at the break it was still level but ten minutes into the second half Alex Wood put the greens into the lead.
Two more goals from Seth Kippax-Jones and a consolation for the Rockets completed the goal scoring. With West Denton not playing it gives the Greens a three point cushion in third place