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Eager Beavers give Eastenders a torrid tim


FOR the first time this pre-season, Easington United’s preparations took a backwards step as Beverley Town strolled to a 7-1 win in the Low Farm sunshine.

Although mitigation can again be found in that a locals’ line-up again shorn of players in key areas was up against a top three HPL Premier Division side at full complement, the level of performance was nowhere near that required.

The biggest concern for manager Adam Jamieson from a chastening ninety minutes was the nature of the goals conceded; the visitors not really having to work hard for many of them. That is apart from beating Joe Taylor of course. In short, the Eastenders’ keeper was a colossus, particularly first half when he produced a string of saves ranging from very good to breath-taking. The fact he was still beaten seven times tells you all you need to know about the gulf in quality between the teams on the day.

It was the seventh minute when Taylor was first called upon to produce a brilliant reflex save from Craig Muirhead and having survived this early scare, the locals appeared to settle into matters. Not for long. On 16 minutes Taylor made a good stop to thwart Jordan Organ,  a minute later Muirhead drilled wide when he should have scored and moments later the striker was again denied by Taylor’s agility.

The blue tide wasn’t to be denied, however, and from another well-constructed attack, Kurtis Bedford applied the close-range finish for 0-1. A well-timed ‘water break’ allowed United to regroup and three minutes after the Town goal, they were level; Taylor finding Snaith who linked with Verity before setting Barnett through on the left and the skipper finished calmly.

Any hopes this might settle the locals down were soon dashed. Muirhead headed against the bar before poor defending allowed sub Alex Stark to make it 1-2 on 23 minutes. By half-time the same player had completed a hat-trick as Easington continued to contribute to their own downfall. In-between the goals, Taylor continued to make save after save. It could have been worse than 1-4!

Some choice words at half-time at least resulted in some tightening-up on the part of the locals and it was past the hour mark when Stark added his fourth and Beverley’s fifth. It was perhaps the only goal that Taylor may feel he could have done better with; a 25-yarder that the keeper appeared to misjudge.

Despite their slight improvement, the Eastenders rarely threatened the Town goal, although Jamieson went close from an indirect free-kick on 73 minutes and Fisk had a strike from distance well saved.

Two minutes later Stark completed his nap hand and three minutes after that Muirhead added a seventh to send The Beavers away on their pub crawl back to Beverley in excellent heart. As for the locals, for once this summer the positives are harder to come by. The continuing education for the likes of Akam, Beech, Biglin and Wearmouth – very much novices at this level – will be one. However, the main positive will be in ensuring there is no repeat of such a performance again this season!

Easington: Joe Taylor, Jaidan Spruce, Josh Beech, Adam Jamieson, Ben Akam, Luke Jeffery, Karl Fitzpatrick, Ash Snaith, Nathan Verity, Ben Wilbraham, Anthony Barnett (Rolling subs: Josh Biglin, Brett Fisk, Aidan Wearmouth)

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