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Eastenders rue the ones that got away

   

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    TWO FIRST half goals consigned Easington United to a second successive league defeat but it’s one that could and really should have been avoided.
Whereas the locals were punished for a couple of errors at one end of the pitch, they failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities at the other.
The departure of Marc Mead and unavailability of Ben Wilbraham and Ash Snaith prompted more changes to Andy Graham’s squad, with Matty Bowen and Kris Fitzpatrick returning to join Adam Jamieson in the “engine room”. Brad Bowden got the nod to partner ‘Vez’ Verity up top. Callum Lewis and Stu Campbell were included for the first time among the subs.
The locals’ start was in keeping with the bright afternoon but on six minutes they were stung when Barton scored with their first meaningful attack. Frustratingly it began with an Easington error, Dan Warcup running into trouble and when the ball was delivered from the right, an unmarked Lee Shillito planted his header into the top corner for 0-1.
It was a rare blot on Warcup’s copybook as along with his fellow members of the back three, he proceeded to enjoy another encouraging afternoon.
Indeed, the error could have been atoned for within minutes; a neat passing movement down Easington’s right carving Barton open but the arriving Spruce was caught in two minds between a cross and shot and the chance was gone.
Another tidy passage of play saw Fitzpatrick teed up 25 yards out but his drive was high. Matty Bowen had the next chance, swivelling on to Adam Jamieson’s miscue from a corner but Barton keeper Weaver got down to smother. It was all very promising. Then the locals conceded again.
Lloyd Mulholland had already done well to divert Ben Vazquez’s shot for a corner but he was partly at fault for the Swans’ second on 26 minutes; the keeper over-committing himself early and allowing George Reid to slide the ball home from a wide angle.
Mulholland was only partly culpable, with questions again being asked as to how a goal originated so easily following an Easington corner at the other end!
As with the visitors’ first, United had an immediate chance to reply. But Verity’s shot was off-target after Luke Jeffery’s great ball had played him in. The striker was to endure one of those days. On the stroke of half-time he saw another effort saved as the locals again prised open the Town rearguard.
At the other end Mulholland redeemed himself with a fine save to deny Reid, while Jack Lorimer slammed a 25-yard free-kick against the Easington bar.
The second half opened with a half-chance for Jeffery that wasn’t taken and almost immediately the hosts were heaving a sigh of relief when Joe Holmes passed up an even better opening at the other end. On 51 minutes Holmes was thwarted by Mulholland but from that moment on it became almost one-way traffic to the Barton box.
On 52 minutes Anthony Barnett’s turn and shot was comfortably saved. A minute later Verity curled a free-kick wide and on 58 minutes the same player was again off-target in open play after Bowden’s superb pass had sent him clear.
Bowden was next to rue his luck, seeing his shot saved by Weaver following Warcup’s surging run. Within a minute the youngster’s next shot presented Weaver with a somewhat more comfortable stop.
It was all Easington. Further neat approach play allowed Bowden another sight of goal but to no avail and within a minute Verity was again hanging his head after another chance went begging.
In total, some fourteen decent sights of goal came and went; and this figure doesn’t include the countless times that the Eastenders got into great positions only for the final option to prove the wrong one or one that was poorly executed.
When Campbell failed to dispatch a free header from close range and Barnett fired a last-minute effort straight into the arms of Weaver, it just about summed up the locals’ day.
Defeats like this are hard to take but the overall signs are that this new-look Easington team are not far away from that first win that might just kick-start their season.
Easington: Lloyd Mulholland, Jaidan Spruce (Corey Douglas, 75), Anthony Barnett, Luke Jeffery, Steve Jamieson, Dan Warcup, Matty Bowen (Aidan Wearmouth, 83), Kris Fitzpatrick, Nathan Verity (Stu Campbell, 75), Adam Jamieson (sub: Callum Lewis)
 
         
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