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Easington fall for sucker punch

RED ALERT! : Bridlington keeper Reece Nestor makes another save at Low Farm on Saturday (Pictures courtesy of Burt Graham)

NEED A BIGGER BEN: Ben Wilbraham (10) can’t quite get over this header from yet another Easington cross

INCOMING: Andy Graham tries to make something of another Ben Wilbraham long throw


Easington United - 0

Bridlington Town Reserves - 1


EASINGTON United’s players were left kicking themselves after slipping to a second successive defeat in Humber Premier League Division One. Despite dominating the vast majority of the game at home to Bridlington Town Reserves, United were beaten by a solitary Tom Goddard strike fifteen minutes from time. The hosts were again hit by injuries and withdrawals. Joe Taylor, Danny Blount, Stefan Hewitt, Luke Jeffery and Paul Morrill were absent, with Daniel Jensen-Fogg again a late withdrawal. It meant the locals fielded a side that included player/manager Andy Graham as the only sub. In fairness, the Seasiders arrived similarly hampered and as such it perhaps wasn’t surprising that a fairly scrappy game ensued, with a real end-of-season feel about it. Town had lost heavily to LIV Supplies in midweek, effectively ending their promotion hopes. And they started this game as if they were in for another long afternoon; Vez Verity volleying wide for the hosts on four minutes after Barnett and Wilbraham had combined to create the chance. It was the first of many. The problem for the locals was they failed to take any of them! The busy Wilbraham would twice rue his luck in the early stages; first steering a shot just wide then seeing a close-range effort cleared off the line. United were hit by an injury to Steve Jamieson, meaning Graham was into the fray on 21 minutes. They could also have been a goal down when Ian Garner dropped the ball from one of Town’s rare forays into their box. Thankfully, the stand-in keeper recovered in time to
make a brave reflex save from the follow-up. Back up the other end and Dan Warcup fired wide after Barnett’s initial effort had been parried. Brad Bowden couldn’t make the right connection when a Verity cross spat up at him six yards out. And on the cusp of half-time excellent work from Fitzpatrick on the by-line opened up a shooting chance for Verity but his goal-bound effort was again hacked clear. The second half saw the visitors come more into things and only a stunning save from Garner kept out Kieran Tate’s stinging shot on 55 minutes. Soon after, Bowden again couldn’t find the finish when latching onto Garner’s punt. United were going increasingly direct as the half wore on, with a series of corners and Wilbraham’s long throws creating plenty of panic in the Town box. Somehow, though, the ball failed to find its way into the net. Ash Snaith couldn’t quite get over a far post header, Bowden saw his goal-bound shot blocked and several times Town keeper Reece Nestor managed to come up with the ball when just an Easington touch appeared required. Increasingly susceptible to the counter-attack, Garner rescued Easington on one occasion and Warcup’s intervention proved timely on another. But when Goddard’s shot from 25 yards bounced over the diving Garner on 75 minutes, it gave the visitors a lead even they could scarcely believe they had. It was to prove one they would hold as they withstood some intense late pressure. Fitzpatrick was left ruing two late chances; a deflected shot wide after Bowden and Verity had linked well, and a free header off target from Bowden’s cross. It was simply one of those afternoons. Easington: Ian Garner, Jaidan Spruce, Dan Warcup, Kris Fitzpatrick, Adam Jamieson, Steve Jamieson (Andy Graham, 21), Ash Snaith, Brad Bowden, Nathan Verity, Ben Wilbraham, Anthony Barnett


A solid performance in defeat

Gilberdyke Phoenix - 2

Easington Reserves - 0

IT was a very upbeat Alan Wearmouth who spoke in the immediate wake of yet another defeat for the Eastenders Reserves in this, seemingly, longest of County League campaigns. Despite his team’s two-goal reverse – their thirteenth of a wretched season – the new manager was impressed by much of what he saw. “We didn’t deserve that”, he said. “Everybody put a shift in and it was great to see the players encouraging each other. There was no way they were two goals better than us.” Making the performance better in the boss’s eyes was that this was another depleted Stiffs side. But despite this, those on show made
a real fist of things. Ben Akam took his manager’s plaudits for another solid skipper’s display, with Mark Thurkettle and Brett Fisk also singled out for praise.

The Low Farm Low Down

BOTH Saturday teams were set to be in action in midweek. The First Team travelled to Hall Road Rangers Reserves on Tuesday and tonight (Thursday) the Reserves are at Pelican Rangers in a game brought forward from Saturday. Saturday sees the Firsts travel to Driffield Evening Institute (2pm). THE Casuals’ Hull Sunday League Division Five campaign is in danger of ending on a low note following back-to-back defeats last week. A 5-3 reverse at AFC Boot Room last Wednesday was followed by a 3-4 home defeat at the hands of Kingsbury Park Duke. Doubt now surrounds whether their last fixture – away at Longhill – will actually take place. Sunday’s other scheduled fixture, the ‘Awd Ezzies’ home game against Molescroft Rangers was conceded by the locals due to a shortage of players. This Sunday the locals are set to host champions Bridlington Rovers (2pm). Finally, the Committee would like
to thank all who supported and/or attended last week’s Coffee Morning. Over £250 was raised towards club funds. Details of how you can support the club can be found by emailing [email protected] easington-united.co.uk. For upto-date news from the club, check out the website at www.easingtonunited.co.uk and/or the social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@EasingtonUtd).

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