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Awd Ezzies end home run on a downer


Easington Veterans 1

Highway Veterans 5


NORMALLY the sight of a team in green and yellow shirts lashing home five goals at Low Farm would have the locals purring with delight. Sadly, this wasn’t the case on Sunday when – due to a colour clash – Highway Vets donned Easington shirts and duly put their hosts to the sword.

It was the last of a run of five home games for the ‘Awd Ezzies’ – and their final game at the Farm until March – but they marked their farewell with their poorest performance to date.

Yet it began so well…

The locals started strongly and Iain McNaught passed up a great early heading opportunity, his effort being clawed away by the keeper when a goal looked certain. “It was Keyworth’s fault, he got in the way” bemoaned McNaught afterwards.

The aforementioned Keyworth was “getting in the way” a lot early on, his bustling busyness ensuring a torrid time for the Highway centrehalves, one of who appeared to take particular exception to things. He did so even more when the Ezzie man stripped him of the ball on the edge of the box before firing the locals into a deserved early lead.

Soon afterwards, McNaught planted another free header over the top. “I’m not used to such a good quality of cross”, bemoaned the culprit afterwards, a back-handed compliment to provider Mike Hooley no doubt, but as excuses go it was still pretty weak!

And then it all went wrong.

Highway levelled with a free header before the break, prompting Darren Kirkwood to take a break from his “bald dwarf” fight to bemoan his fellow defenders for not stepping up.

Another scruffy headed goal at the start of the second half put the visitors ahead and when first Thompson, then Keyworth passed up great chances to level matters it was the end of the locals’ afternoon.

Three further goals on 72, 75 and five minutes from time, confirmed Highway’s superiority, leaving stand-in gaffer Ricky Biglin deeply disappointed. “I don’t care how many players were missing – those that played can still pass, tackle and run about”, he said. Hmm, on second half evidence some might take issue with that statement.

But if it comes to “bald dwarf” fights then that’s another matter entirely…

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