Easington Colliery 2-1 Redcar Town – Ebac Northern League Division Two

Easington Colliery managed to pick up all three points against Redcar Town, despite the visitors having several second half chances.

The opening half hour didn’t offer much – both teams looked sluggish as they struggled to sustain attacks and create any real chances.

Easington took the lead 33 minutes in – a deflected effort from the edge of the area fell into the path of Brad Forster, who then rounded Redcar keeper Mike Algie before slotting home.

The home side doubled their lead four minutes before half time, when Dennis Tapping was through on goal before lifting the ball over Algie.

Redcar picked up the pace in the second half, pushing forward in numbers in a bid to get into the game.

With 54 minutes on the clock, Carl Williams spurned a great opportunity to pull a goal back for his side. Joe Dixon’s cross found Williams at the back post, who turned the ball over the bar from six yards out.

Redcar had another great chance just five minutes later – Kurtis Howes’ low cross found the unmarked Brad Moncur, before his strike was turned over by the Easington stopper.

Williams redeemed himself from his early miss with 15 minutes remaining – the forward brought down the ball in the area before smashing home to halve the deficit.

The away side almost drew level in the third minute of added time. Nico Weatherald’s vicious effort forced a fantastic save from the Easington stopper as he turned the ball around the post.

Howes was dismissed seconds before the full-time whistle which left many fans and myself confused at the reason why.

Easington held on for all three points to remain 12th in Division Two, whilst Redcar Town drop to eighth.

Adam Gill