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Sat 17 Jan 2009
Star player: Ben Holtby
Matty Findley (1)
Scoreline is harsh on shorthanded Stiffs
ER County League Premier Division
Beverley Town Reserves 6 – 1 Easington Utd Reserves
FOR 65 minutes of this game at Norwood Park what could have proved to be THE story of the County League Premier Division season was being written. Easington United Reserves, bottom of the table and with only ten men to call on, led leaders Beverley Town Reserves by Matty Findley’s first half strike and were looking more and more accomplished in defence of it. Sadly, two goals inside a five-minute spell turned the game on its head and true to form the hosts went on to take the points. But no matter, this was a day when Smalley’s youngsters walked tall.
As expected, the leaders started game in determined fashion, aiming to kill it off early. However, despite a couple of half chance, their failure to find the net allowed Easington to grow in confidence. The visitors became successful in retaining possession, to such an effect that on 25mins they took the lead with a goal brilliant in its simplicity.
Tom McLaughlin received ball just inside his own half and played a lovely cross field pass to the 'slight' Jim Hollingsworth out wide on the left; he in turn dropped his shoulder and “roasted” the full back before whipping a great ball across the face of goal for Findley, joining in from the right, to side foot into the roof of the net from 8 yards.
Town were stunned and five minutes later it could and should have been 2-0. Hollingsworth was again involved, this time chasing a “lost cause” and being first to react when his challenge on the keeper forced the ball to be spilled only for the youngster to then slide it wide when it looked easier to score.
Beverley continued to create half chances but failed to force the returning Rawlings into a save and the half time whistle went with the lead intact.
During half time Easington demonstrated further amazing teamwork by all 10 players cramming into the dug-out – a fine sight indeed! A serious half time message of being tight for the next 20mins was achieved but unfortunately it couldn’t be maintained for 21mins as the hosts forced an equaliser.
A second goal followed 5mins later, despite a hint of offside and a touch of good fortune – the ball falling fortuitously to a home player after the initial shot had rebounded off the post.
Within two minutes Easington were almost level when the industrious Adam Metcalf broke the offside trap but in cutting inside onto his favoured right foot he allowed a defender to race back and block.
With Smalley deciding not to “die wondering”, another man was pushed upfront in a 4-3-2 formation. Unfortunately – but perhaps inevitably – with players tiring towards the end and with further space in behind them, Town capitalised to kill the game. Four goals inside the final ten minutes, including two inside the last couple, helped to give a flattering scoreline. And just how much Easington had managed to rattle their hosts was illustrated perfectly by the somewhat “over-the-top” (and slightly embarrassing) celebrations of the Town striker when finally bagging his side’s sixth goal in injury time.
Smalley’s post-match comment was rather more succinct: “Top marks to everyone! “
Easington: Rawlings, Findley, Metcalf, Brown, Fisk, Dawson, Holtby, Rice, McLaughlin, Hollingsworth
Starting line up