Birtley Town vs Washington


Birtley Town

  • Glen Hargrave - 1 (9') goal(s)
  • Aidan Rutledge - 2 (59', 78') goal(s)


Tue 04 Oct 2022 | 7:30 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley Town bounced back from defeat to Chester-le-Street Town last night to secure three points against Washington and claim their 250th clean sheet since reformation. 

Match programme available HERE. Match highlights are available HERE

Birtley were back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win over Washington on a wet Tuesday evening at the Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium claiming their 250th clean sheet since reformation in the process.

The home side were in desperate need of bouncing back after the disappointment of Friday’s defeat to local rivals Chester-le-Street Town. Managers Bryson and Foster made three changes to the starting XI with Jack Honour, Glen Hargrave and Tom McIntyre returning to the fold, replacing Tom Scothern, Alex Francis and Brandon Turnbull.

The pattern of the game took shape in the opening stages with Birtley pinning Washington in with numerous set pieces. The Hoops were awarded a succession of corners in the opening stages and opened the scoring after just nine minutes. Callum Smith delivering his 4th corner in the opening stages and Glen Hargrave was on hand to put The Hoops ahead. Birtley continued to dominate throughout the first half however Washington looked dangerous on the counter attack, Jak Hanson looking particular dangerous on the break.

Aidan Rutledge had his first effort on goal when he forced a great save from Bellerby and Rutledge was denied again but this time by the woodwork after meeting Smith’s corner. On 32 minutes, Tom McIntyre smashed an effort narrowly wide after another set play has ended up loose on the edge of the area. 

Birtley were beginning to wonder if it was going to be of those evenings when Rutledge fired wide after excellent work from Sam Hedley. On 43 minutes, Hargrave played Smith through but he was halted by a fine save from the impressive Bellerby.

The second period started in similar fashion with Birtley pressing but Washington looked particular dangerous on the counter attack. Ben Garrity made a crucial interception on 50 minutes to stop a clear Washington opportunity. The visitors threatened again on 53 minutes through another counter attack.

Rutledge struck the woodwork for the second time on 55 minutes before Birtley finally got that illusive second goal just after the hour mark. A Tom McIntyre corner was brilliantly met by Aidan Rutledge who finally got his goal.  McIntyre himself forced a great save from the impressive Bellerby as the Washington keeper scrambled on a loose ball after making a fine save that cannoned back off the post.

Birtley secured the win when Rutledge managed to turn a loose ball home at the back post following another strong spell of possession from The Hoops. It was an important win for The Hoops on a night when they could have scored more.

Jack Honour in action.

Manager Paul Bryson knew it was the result that was the most important aspect on the evening. “It was a great response to Friday’s result and performance. We welcomed Glen, Jack and Tom back into the side and they made a huge difference. They all played well and played their part. I thought Jack Honour was superb and deserved his man of the match award.

The game itself wasn’t a great spectacle but it was the result that was the most important aspect. We won 3-0 but it could of been a couple more. I thought their keeper had a great game and kept them in it. We were much more solid, as a team we need to be more wary of team’s that sit in and nullify us then look to counter attack.

They had a couple of dangerous counter attacks, we need to recognise and know how to deal with that. It was pleasing that young lads Franky and Josh got minutes last night, it bodes well for the future. I thought they both did well and we are pleased they played their part. Overall we are pleased with the three points and we look forward to Saturday when we host Esh Winning.”

Attendance – 229 – Another strong midweek attendance which takes our total for the season beyond 2,000.

Player of the Match – Jack Honour. A brilliant and solid display from the Birtley skipper. His performance meant he was subject to an Ice Bucket Challenge from our Junior Girls section who are helping to raise money for our youth football programmes. Jack was joined in the challenge by striker Aidan Rutledge. Supporters can donate to the Girl’s section HERE. Videos of the lads taking part can be accessed on our Facebook page. 

Next up for Birtley is another home league fixture against Esh Winning on Saturday 8th October with a 3pm kick-off. 


Date Time League Season
Tue 04 Oct 2022 7:30 pm Northern League D2 2022-23


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


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
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Birtley Town

1Conor Grant Goalkeeper
2Ben Garrity Midfielder
3Sam Hedley Defender
4Jack Honour Midfielder
5Owen Lancaster Defender
6Callum Turnbull 12 Defender
7Tom McIntyre 16 Midfielder
8Glen Hargrave 20 Forward 9'
9Aidan Rutledge Forward 59', 78'
10Callum Smith 14 Forward
11Joe Barwick 15 Forward
12Josh Strassheim 6 Defender
14Brandon Turnbull 10 Forward
15Thomas Scothern 11 Midfielder
16Frank Tutt 7 Midfielder
20Andrew Clarkson 8 Forward
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 9 58 59 67 77 77 78 80 80 80 FT