|1||Charlie Holden (0)|
|2||Craig Smalley (0)|
|3||Anthony Barnett (0)|
|4||Mark Hutchinson (0)|
|5||Stuart Campbell (0)|
|6||Jamie Cousins (0)|
|7||Craig Havercroft (0)|
|8||Paul Morrill (0)|
|9||Paul Farndale (0)|
|10||Gavin Thurkettle (0)|
|11||Karl Fitzgerald (0)|
|12||Andrew Graham (0)|
|13||Owen Mountain (0)|
|Church Warsop Miners Welfare||4|
Eastenders rue a missed opportunity
Central Midlands League Premier Division
Easington United 2 â€“ 4 Church Warsop MW
EASINGTON United missed a golden opportunity to force their way right into the promotion frame when they lost to leaders Church Warsop Miners Welfare at a claggy Low Farm.
Twice United held an advantage â€“ but never long enough to make it count. And it was the visitors who took their chances after the break to seal the points.
Manager Mack suffered the blow of losing Frost beforehand and then switched replacement Hodgson to the Reserves following late withdrawals there.
Despite the disruption Easington started in much the same manner as had accompanied their win at The Alley back in September â€“ the last defeat suffered by the leaders.
From a quickly taken throw on 3mins Thurkettleâ€™s shot was beaten away. Two minutes later another Havercroft throw, Campbellâ€™s flick and Hutchinson headed wide.
Thurkettle then appeared to have strong claims for a penalty but, not for the first time, Referee Moffatt attracted the ire of the home support by giving the decision the other way.
But on 12mins the locals did win a penalty, for handball. Havercroft sent Payne the wrong way; 1-0.
The lead lasted a minute. From their first serious attack, Gavin Dobb volleyed spectacularly home â€“ though not without strong home claims about a foul in the build-up.
Back came Easington to win a free-kick 20 yards out just right of centre. Up stepped Paul Morrill to blast the ball home; 2-1 and a game that was already a cracker.
Again the locals failed to hold their advantage and again the referee played his part in the equaliser, pointing to the spot after Holden had raced off his line to meet the advancing Dean Rick. Contact appeared negligible and the well-placed assistant-ref remained motionless but Mr Moffatt pointed to the spot from where Simon Johnson calmly added to his 23 goals for the season.
The second half saw the leaders shade matters and force United on to the back foot. Five minutes in Johnson passed up goal 24 from close range. Four minutes later Havercroft cleared off the line as Warsop threatened at a corner.
Easington battled hard to stay in the game and were actually forcing the issue when a quick counter-attack saw Johnson again miss after Holden had forced him wide.
The decisive third goal arrived 14mins from time; Rick finishing stylishly from just inside the box, albeit helped by some poor defending.
Within two minutes, sub Mountain looked to have rescued a point when latching onto Morrillâ€™s through ball but his shot bobbled agonisingly against the upright and back across goal to safety.
Moments later the same player glanced a header wide and when Payne got his fingertips to Fitzgeraldâ€™s low cross ahead of two waiting United players the home crowd knew the game was up.
In injury time sub Yoandry Depass crossed for Rick to wrap up the points from close range.
Easington: C Holden, C Smalley, A Barnett, M Hutchinson, S Campbell (A Graham, 70), J Cousins, C Havercroft, P Morrill, P Farndale, G Thurkettle (O Mountain, 75), K Fitzgerald (sub: D Mackay-Dundas)
Church Warsop: C Payne, M Roper, A Johnson, J Johnson, R Wheatley, S McGurk, D McLane (D Ashley, 57), S Vella (G Portman, 85), S Johnson, D Rick, G Dobb (Y Depass, 85)
Referee: Mr. G Moffatt (Retford)
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