HEXHAM moved up to eighth position in the Northern Alliance Division One after a 1-0 win home over Wallsend Boys’ Club on Saturday.

A second half goal from defender Tom Hacking separated the sides, and saw the hosts return to winning ways after the previous week’s frustrating Combination Cup defeat to Red Row Welfare. 

Hexham were without striker Karl Harvey due to suspension, while in-form striker Marc Nixon was unavailable for the visit of Wallsend. 

Manager Martin Lowes reshuffled his pack, with Dylan Mabunu moving into the centre of a five-man midfield.

Robbie Pattison and Hamish Forsyth occupied the wide areas, and Neil McDonald was handed the task of leading the line as the lone frontman. 

The end-to-end game saw no shortage of attacking football, with both sides going for the win.

“It was a cracking game.” said Lowes. “The way our players reacted to the disappointment of the previous week was very encouraging. 

“We are a young team, but we are getting stronger and we really gave a good account of ourselves against a very good Wallsend side.”

Hexham’s back four of Hacking, George Ridley, Andrew Below and Lewis Furness were a solid unit throughout. 

They were well shielded by Callum Duncan and Will Forsyth in holding midfield roles. 

The home side made their breakthrough after centre-back Hacking made his way upfield for a 78th minute corner. 

The ball was cleared by the North Tynesiders, but was won back by Pattison, who squared it for Hacking to find the bottom right corner from 18 yards. 

“Hacking was still up the pitch from the corner,” said Lowes. “It was a really tidy finish.

“As a team, we really worked our socks off. We pressed Wallsend and didn’t give them time to play their football. 

“The closing down was really effective and it was an excellent team effort.”

Lowes was full of praise for Furness, who impressed at right back, and said McDonald was full of energy and running as the lone striker. 

Man of the match was Will Forsyth for his outstanding contribution in midfield.  

Hexham will play another Wallsend team on Saturday, when they travel to Wallsend Community in the league.