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Match preview: Shildon v Hebburn Town

Hebburn will turn their focus swiftly back onto the league tomorrow night ahead of the game away at Shildon.

While manager Kevin Bolam was pleased with the response from his players in the 5-1 win over Lower Breck in the FA Vase at the weekend following the defeat to fellow title challengers Stockton Town in the league last week, he was quick to stress where the focus now has to be.

After Saturday’s game he said: “It was a good win and a good performance especially in the second half.

“Obviously we had a set back in the first couple of minutes but I thought the reaction from that was exceptional.

“We’ll put the Vase to bed now until January and we’ll concentrate on the league.”

Opponents Shildon, who were knocked out by Lower Breck in the second round of the FA Vase, are unbeaten in their last four league games and they sit in fourth place.

On the upcoming game, Bolam said: “It’ll be really difficult.”

“They’re a good side, another side that will be competing at the top end of the league, but again we go there and we don’t change anything from our philosophy so we will go there and have a go.”

The Hornets start December with their first of six games tomorrow, and they’ll be hoping to start the month with a win.

They remain top of the Northern League Division 1, three points clear of Stockton Town but have been in tricky form of late.

Jack Donaghy could miss the game again through illness, but otherwise Bolam has a fully fit squad to choose from.

The game kicks off at 7:30pm at Dean Street.

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