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It’s all been a bit low-key at Low Farm


GIVEN THE fairly advanced build-up taking place among many of their HPL rivals, Easington United’s pre-season can be said to have been fairly low-key so far. However, that’s all set to change next week.

On Tuesday (July 23) Danny Blount takes charge of the team for the first time when the Eastenders host ER County League Premier Division side Harchester United in their opening pre-season friendly (7pm).

The locals then face back-to-back games at Humber Premier League Premier Division sides, beginning with a visit to AFC Walkington the following Saturday (July 27) followed by a game at Hornsea Town on Tuesday, July 30. Games against Hodgson’s and Westella are then scheduled to complete the Eastenders’ preparations.

Such a testing introduction should give Blount and assistant Craig Foster some idea as to the shape the squad is in as they attempt to mount a real challenge in Division One in 2019/20.

Before the senior squad get started, the new-look Reserves are set to kick-off proceedings when they host Humberside Police at Low Farm on Monday (July 22, 7pm).

New addition to the management team Brad Bowden has brought in a host of new players ahead of what the club hopes will be a long-overdue season of success at Second Team level. After a number of extremely encouraging training sessions, everyone is raring to go and – hopefully – arrest a recent record of struggle. After the boys in blue, the Reserves have games scheduled at home to AAK S&S FC (Aug 10), LIV Supplies Reserves away in the Andy Martin Memorial (Aug 22), Roos at home in the Barney Moverley Memorial (Aug 30) and finally Souths FC away (Sep 4).

Training for the Saturday teams continues at East Park tonight and on Mondays at Low Farm (with the exception of next week of course).

Squad-wise, a couple of stalwarts have left Low Farm in recent weeks, with Stu Campbell ending an 18-year association at the club (although he’ll continue to don the Easington strip with the Awd Ezzies on Sundays) and Ben Akam leaving after a decade’s regular commute from Hull.

Best wishes go to both players, as they do to young Josh Biglin who has decided to join local rivals Roos, following a very promising debut season in the County League.

Moving on to veterans’ football and the Awd Ezzies have also been busy arranging games ahead the new Division Four campaign in the Hull & District Vets League. The list currently reads: Priory Vets at home (Aug 4), Highway Vets at home (Aug 11) and Kingburn Athletic Vets away (Sep 1).

Away from the action, the club continues to make improvements to Low Farm, thanks to much-needed support from the local Parish Enhancement Fund. New goalposts, storage container and line marker have all been obtained, with a new verti-drain machine to follow. Meanwhile, repair work has been carried out in the goalmouths as the club gears up for the new season.

As always, all support for the club is appreciated, with pitch-side advertising boards up for grabs, along with match and player sponsorship. For further info on all these schemes please email [email protected] co.uk.

For up-to-date news, check out www.pitchero. com/clubs/easingtonunitedafc and the social media accounts at Facebook page (Easington United AFC), Twitter (@EasingtonUtd) and Instagram (easington_ united_afc).

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