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Rout brings abject end to abject season!

WRITING IS ON THE WALL: Will Broadley puts Hedon Rangers two up (Picture courtesy of Burt Graham)


Hedon Rangers 7

Easington United 2

THE EASTENDERS’ hopes of salvaging just a modicum of pride from a truly awful 2016/17 season were crushed on a thoroughly miserable night in Preston.
Hopes of a South Holderness Cup Final appearance were washed away at a rain-lashed South Holderness College. It simply rained goals for a rampant Hedon Rangers who completed an emphatic 7-2 win…and it could have been more.
It proved a tough baptism for young goalkeeper Matt Needham, given his first start at this level in the absence of Charlie Holden, delayed due to work commitments. With skipper Anthony Barnett and Karl Fitzpatrick also absent, a youthful starting line-up showed three changes from that which had beaten Withernsea in the quarter-finals.
There was little hint of what was to follow in a tight first 25 minutes. Indeed, it was the Eastenders who passed up perhaps the best chance therein, when Brad Bowden’s heavy touch let him down with just keeper Lee Baker to beat. Then it all turned dramatically.
When Andy Graham’s foul on Will Broadley allowed George Cooper to fire Hedon ahead from the penalty spot the game suddenly ran away from Easington.
A two-goal blast inside five minutes before half-time, followed by another at the start of the second period meant the result was known with almost forty minutes still to play.
Broadley was played in behind a static back four and calmly beat young keeper Matt Needham for 2-0, before Dan Clancy lashed home a third past the hapless young keeper two minutes later. The Eastenders were staring down the barrel.
The second half proved painful viewing for those of an Easington persuasion. The visitors contributed to their own downfall by continuing to carelessly cough up possession in dangerous areas, whilst some of the hosts’ finishing from distance simply had to be admired. A second goal apiece for Cooper and Clancy, allied to efforts from Benji Green and Josh Luckup completed the rout.
Sub Chris Frost replied twice for Easington; making it 5-1 following a neat pass from youngster Matty Bowen, before lashing home a stunning late volley that somewhat sat at odds with the overall performance of those in green and yellow.
And so ends a season that will only prove one to remember; for all the wrong reasons.
Easington: Matt Needham, Luke Jeffery, Kai Ormsby, Kris Fitzpatrick, Owen Mountain, Andy Graham, Matty Bowen, Phil Wicks (Neil Rutter, 70), Brad Bowden, Marc Mead (Ben Akam, 65), Will Hobson (Chris Frost, 46) (sub: Callum Lewis)
Low Farm hosts its final game of 2016/17 tomorrow night when Hedon Rangers and Hedon Rangers Juniors meet to contest the South Holderness Cup Final (6.30pm).
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