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Seasiders ease to pre-season victory
 

 

 

IN FRONT: Ciaran Collins slots home past Easington’s Joe Taylor to put Withernsea ahead with this early penalty (Picture courtesy of Burt Graham)

 

Withernsea Afc - 8

Easington United Reserves-2

 
       
   

THE SEASIDERS played the second game of their pre-season campaign after a 2-0 victory against Apollo Rangers. Last Thursday saw the Seasiders win 8-2 at home to local side Easington Reserves who are set to play in Division Four - two below Withernsea. 

Manager Medforth gave a first run of pre-season to Milbank, Eldon-Smith and Andy Bentley with Poole, Everitt and Gaz Thomas all continuing in the squad although a potential new signing was a late drop out but it’s hoped one or two will be involved in the near future for Medforth. John Dunn, Jordan Hart, Ricky Kemp and Dave Westoby were all unavailable for one reason or another. 

It was a dream start for the locals when Danny Frazer was fouled and Ciaran Collins despatched the spot-kick with aplomb. Moments later Finn forced a save from First Team goalkeeper Joe Taylor after good work down the right by Tom McGeachy.
It was Frazer’s turn to go close again after a ball in from Bob Eldon-Smith but the midfielder fluffed his lines having not expected the ball to come through the bodies and he blazed over from close range.

It was eventually 2-0 shortly after when Sam Feeney put into his own net moments after entering the field after another good move down the right and delivery from the lively Frost. Withernsea went to sleep after this and Easington pulled a goal back through tireless striker Nathan Verity who beat Milbank from an angle with a slight suspicion of offside.

The game opened up a bit and after Brett Fisk let loose from distance, Tom Poole scored with a neat finish inside a crowded penalty area after a cross from the right-hand side again. Easington hit back through Ben Sawden who again with a suspicion of offside, raced through and finished past the easy-going Milbank. Chris Frost doubled the lead again though on the stroke of half-time firing a first-time half volley into the roof of the net when played through on goal. 

It was a busy start to the second period with Milbank making a good save and Ciaran Collins fluffing his lines with a penalty kick after a foul on the impressive Everitt, who was destined to score.
Eldon-Smith made it 5-2 after shrugging off the defender and smashing into the far corner on the half turn. The Seasiders now took control of the game with some energetic passing play down both flanks with plenty of balls splitting the visiting back four and teasing crosses. From a short corner Finn forced Taylor to palm onto his own crossbar with a rattling effort, Everitt started to come into his own and scored two quickfire goals, Brett Fisk also found himself on the scoresheet after a bursting run; he curled into the bottom corner putting the icing on the cake of another team move.

It could and should have been more, full-back McGeachy went close when bombing forward, his strike went inches wide after beating the goalkeeper while Collins headed just over from a corner. 
Manager Medforth will be disappointed with conceding two sloppy goals but happy with the attacking football although there is still room for improvement. There certainly will be that in the upcoming games, starting tonight at home to the newly formed Sunday side Easington Casuals. 
Withernsea AFC: Milbank, Maplebeck, McGeachy, Fisk, Good, Finn, Frazer, Collins, Everitt, Frost, Eldon-Smith. Subs: Poole, Thomas, Bentley (rolling subs used) 

 
         
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