Birtley Town vs Seaham Red Star


Birtley Town

  • Alex Francis - 1 (48') goal(s)
  • Sam Hedley - 1 (45') goal(s)

Seaham Red Star

  • Adam Burnicle - 1 (72') goal(s)
Thu 25 Apr 2024 | 7:30 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley Town finished their league season win a 2-1 win over Seaham Red Star on Thursday evening. 

Goals from Alex Francis and Sam Hedley ensured a top four finish for Birtley as their attention now turns to the play-offs. Alfie Gordon, Stephen Hall and Dan Wilds all returned to the starting eleven. Matthew Ward had the first chance of the game after a quick turn from a long throw-in however his effort was saved. At the other end, Seaham appealed for a penalty as Alfie smothered the ball but the referee waved away their protests. Seaham were the better side for the opening twenty minutes. Birtley started to grow into the game and Jennison denied a header from Scott Heslop. The Hoops finished the first half with a flurry of chances. James Proctor was denied by a great save by Jennison. Birtley were ahead just before the break when a delightful Lewis Exley corner was met with a bullet header from Sam Hedley

HALF TIME | Birtley Town 1-0 Seaham Red Star

Birtley doubled their lead within two minutes of the re-start. Alex Francis dispatching a penalty for his 13th goal of the season. Ben Pentland narrowly missed a through ball from Heslop on 52 minutes. There was a series of substitutions from both sides before Seaham started to work their way back into the game. The visitors pulled a goal back through Adam Burnicle as he was quickest to a loose ball. The goal lifted Seaham as they pressed for an equaliser. Seaham were pushing for a second goal and a series of corners had Birtley pinned in their own box. The Hoops still look threatening on the counter attack with the tireless James Proctor causing problems with his constant forward runs. Birtley had to dig deep in the final moments as Seaham pilled on the pressure. The lads stood tall as Seaham fired in four back to back corners. There was relief all round when the referee blew the final whistle to bring Birtley’s league campaign to an end. 

FULL TIME | Birtley Town 2-1 Seaham Red Star

The win guarantees a top four finish for Birtley. All eyes are now on Heaton Stannington’s game at Crook on Saturday. The result from that fixture will determine Birtley’s opponents in the play-offs. Further information on the play-offs can be found HERE.

Attendance – 251

Player of the match – Sam Hedley

Players, Management, Committee and Supporters celebrate a fantastic 23/24 season.

Manager’s Corner

Paul Bryson: “It was good to have Alfie back in the squad. We made a couple of changes to freshen things up. We didn’t start the game particularly well and were second best in a couple of areas. We didn’t really get close to people and we made a tactical substitution after 30 minutes which helped us massively. This allowed us to get back on the front foot. It was a great delivery from Ex and a superb header from Sam Hedley.”

“Second half we started well with Hezzy winning us a penalty. Alex tucked it away nicely. I felt we were quite comfortable and Seaham weren’t causing us too many problems. We then didn’t deal with a long ball and that allowed Seaham back into the game, it gave them a massive lift. They had all the momentum and they threw everything at us. We held out and ended up winning the game 2-1. We had to defend five consecutive corners. They threw everything at us and wanted to take points off us. We showed grit and determination to see the game through. Some would say that a draw was a fair result but I thought that defending towards the end deserved a victory.”

“We have finished on 75 points and we will look forward to the play-offs. It’s been a fantastic season and to get 75 points in our first season in division one is a brilliant achievement. I can’t speak highly enough of the players.” 

H2H vs Seaham Red Star (at Birtley)
P7 W4 D0 L3 GF17 GA17

13.04.2010 Birtley Town 1 6 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 32 S. Baxter
22.01.2011 Birtley Town 4 2 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 38 M. Roper x3 | C. Tait
28.04.2012 Birtley Town 6 1 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 42 D. Smart x4 | S. Emmerson | M. Hornsby
06.04.2013 Birtley Town 2 1 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 35 A. Downey | Chris Smith
05.04.2014 Birtley Town 1 2 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 35 C. Nichol
27.09.2014 Birtley Town 1 5 Seaham Red Star NL Div 2 53 D. Maddison
25.09.2018 Birtley Town 2 0 Seaham Red Star League Cup | Round 1 114 J. Barwick | T. Smith (P)

Next up…

Birtley await details of their play-off opponents but The Hoops will be in action for their semi-final on Thursday 2nd May.





Date Time League Season
Thu 25 Apr 2024 7:30 pm Northern League D1 2023-24


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Birtley Town112
Seaham Red Star011

Birtley Town

1Alfie Gordon Goalkeeper
2Owen Lancaster Defender
3Lewis Exley Defender 88'
4Kyle Wharton Midfielder
5Alex Francis Midfielder 48'
6Sam Hedley Defender 45'
7Daniel Wilds 15 Midfielder
8Stephen Hall Forward 53'
9Scott Heslop Forward
10James Proctor Midfielder
11Matty Ward Forward
12Glen Hargrave Forward
14Liam Wotherspoon Midfielder
15Ben Pentland 7 Defender
16Josh Strassheim Defender
17Callum Turnbull Defender
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 32 45 47 48 49 49 49 53 72 76 80 80 83 88 FT