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Blount’s boys dig deep to beat Beverle

     
       
   

EASINGTON United moved up to fourth in Humber Premier League Division 1 with a gritty win over reigning champions Beverley Town Reserves at Low Farm last Saturday.

All the goals came before half-time, with Chris Frost completing a 20-minute hat-trick to ensure his second successive man of the match performance.

That said this was a proper all-round team effort, as acknowledged by the visitors afterwards who were heard to say, “There’s not another team in this league that will work as hard as that lot did today”.

Little wonder then that manager Danny Blount could afford himself a smile. For once again he had been forced to shuffle his pack at the eleventh hour but once again the players called up responded to what was asked of them.

Among those missing from the midweek rout at Haworth Park were goalkeeper Steve Janney (cricket), Stef Hewitt (ankle), Craig Havercroft (away), Shane Spenceley (wedding) and both James Blount and Darrel Thompson (work). Meanwhile, Paul Morrill and Paul Wilkinson – both late withdrawals against Hall Road – were again sidelined, while Owen Mountain pulled out pre-match.

Joe Taylor became the third keeper to be used in as many games, while Anthony Barnett and Kris Fitzpatrick returned to the starting line-up. Cam Hay was the latest debutant, following Mountain’s withdrawal. He was to make the most of his chance, operating well alongside Adam Jamieson and Fitzpatrick in an Easington engine room that got through a heck of a lot of work.

However, as with the second half at Hall Road, it was Frost who set the tone. Indeed, just 15 seconds were on the clock when pressure on the Town defence resulted in a back-pass that goalkeeper Mike Morris could only strike against Frost and the ball ended up in the net.

The Beavers responded immediately. The influential Rob Northen passed up one chance to level on five minutes but a minute later he applied a stylish finish for 1-1. When Tom Davies then fired inches wide, following another neat Town move, the omens didn’t look good.

But Easington weathered the storm and took the lead again when a careless handball in the box allowed Frost to double his tally from the spot. Five minutes later he had his hat-trick.

A lovely move involving Barnett and Wilbraham culminated in Jamie Houlton’s angled cross that Frost swept home at the back stick; 3-1.

Again, The Beavers came back strongly, and Joe Taylor produced excellent saves to twice deny Jez Hartley; the first at the near post after Northen had created the chance and the second from a header after the locals had failed to deal with a corner.

Right on half-time, Ben Wilbraham clipped the post with a header from a corner and he would repeat the feat from a Warcup free-kick early in the second half.

However, that opportunity was something of a rarity as Beverley proceeded to lay siege to the home goal.

On 49 minutes Connor Garwood’s busy run created the chance for Northen but Taylor produced another stunning save. Moments later Hartley hit the bar from a free-kick.

As chances went begging at one end, the locals were desperate to make them pay on the counter and after Wilbraham had struck the woodwork for a second time there were strong shouts for a second penalty when a defender appeared to handle a Warcup throw-in. Referee Sugden remained unmoved.

After an Easington corner was allowed to bounce across the Beverley box with nobody able to apply the finish, the action again switched to the other end and Taylor produced another wonderful double save. It was perhaps at this point that the visitors realised it wasn’t going to be their day.

With ten minutes remaining, a sweeping move involving Warcup, Wilbraham and Houlton saw Frost thump a volley straight at Morris. But goals weren’t the priority; ensuring they didn’t go in at the other end was. To this end the sheer endeavour shown in continuously working to close their opponents down fully deserved the rewards it eventually brought.

Easington: Joe Taylor, Jamie Houlton, Dan Warcup, Kris Fitzpatrick, Steve Jamieson (Danny Blount, 65), Luke Jeffery, Adam Jamieson (Brad Bowden, 77), Cam Hay (Craig Smalley, 65), Ben Wilbraham, Chris Frost, Anthony Barnett Att: 38

 
         
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