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Penalty pain ends Easington’s run


A CONTROVERSIAL second half penalty brought Easington United’s six-match unbeaten run to an end away at Goole United.

Despite being reduced to ten men after just 20 minutes, the hosts clinched a deserved 2-1 win in a game that was largely devoid of any real quality.

Dave Mackay-Dundas took the reins in the absence of both Jamieson and Jeffery, with the team also showing several changes from that which had drawn at Blackburn last time out.

In a largely formless first 45 minutes, Owen Mountain enjoyed the first real sight of goal on 17 minutes. Unfortunately, he could only sky his effort, following decent approach play by Nathan Verity and returning skipper Anthony Barnett.

Mountain was then at the centre of the half’s pivotal moment when he was victim of a “stamping” by Goole’s number 6, Keir Vause, which resulted in a straight red. “It was about the only thing the referee got right all day”, bemoaned Mackay-Dundas later!

Despite seeing their number reduced, the hosts held on to half-time relatively comfortably. In fact, they probably enjoyed the better openings. Aidan Wheldrake’s strong run into the box on 24 minutes was ended only by Steve Jamieson’s foot, and on 37 minutes the Easington keeper again got down to save from striker Cohen Vause, albeit the finish was a poor one.

Verity had found his way into the referee’s book midway through the half but just before the break the Easington striker nearly made the all-important breakthrough, his turn and shot seeing the ball ping back off the post.

Then it was back up the other end where Jamieson was again on hand to thwart Vause, this time with a much better save.

The locals didn’t take heed of their narrow escape and within seconds of the second half restart they were behind; a half-cleared cross falling to Jason Newman who fired into the top corner for 1-0.

At least the goal appeared to momentarily jolt the locals from their slumber. On 53 minutes Verity broke clear but a heavy touch allowed keeper Lumley to save. Moments later, Chris Frost got down the left and from his pull-back Dan Warcup’s shot was cleared off the line. And on 57 minutes, Frost latched on to another long ball forward and cut inside only to see his shot fizz into the side netting.

The equaliser arrived on the hour, courtesy of Frost’s corner and a neat turn and left-footed volley from Andy Graham, the ball ricocheting into the net via the post; 1-1.

But Easington’s joy was short-lived. Five minutes later, Danny Blount appeared to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Vause inside the box. The Goole man went down rather easily and referee Barrett pointed to the spot. Blount and Smalley were both booked for their protests before Aidan Wheldrake stepped forward to lift the ball high into the middle of Jamieson’s net for 2-1.

The locals made a double switch on 68 minutes but it was Goole who came closest next; Vause cutting through but again seeing Jamieson deny him.

Mountain then saw a shot turned away as Easington strove for a second equaliser but in truth the home side probably had the better chances to add a third; both the post and bar being hit as Easington left themselves open to the counter-attack.

Jamieson was thrown forward in the six minutes of stoppage-time, but a scrappy contest was ended in fitting fashion, courtesy of a last-minute free-for-all, the result of which was a booking for Goole’s Billy Redshaw. As for the actual football, Mackay-Dundas’s summary was succinct enough: “We never got out of first gear, it’s as simple as that.”

Easington: Steve Jamieson, Craig Smalley, Dan Warcup, Kris Fitzpatrick, Danny Blount, Andy Graham, Anthony Barnett, Owen Mountain, Nathan Verity (Karl Fitzpatrick, 67), Chris Frost, Brad Bowden (Ash Snaith, 67)

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