Chester-le-Street Town vs Easington Colliery

Colliers exit Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup with defeat at Chester-le-Street

Easington Colliery were knocked out of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup on Tuesday night with a 3-1 defeat at Chester-le-Street Town.

Daniel McGuire’s strike either side of an Andrew Clarkson brace meant the hosts booked a spot in the last eight.

Robbie Thompson pulled a goal back late on for the Colliers but it was just a consolation.

The Colliers made two changes from Thursday’s win over Washington with Jake Metcalf and Brennan Ball giving way for Shaun Smith and Chris Pearson.

Craig Hughes and Craig Veart opted for a similar 3-5-2 formation to Thursday’s night with Liam Adamson and Jay Redman leading the line.

On a very heavy and in places bobbly pitch, it was a quiet start until the seventh minute with both sides looking to test each other out.

However, with their first chance, Chester-le-Street took the lead. Smith was penalised for what looked a very soft free-kick and it was floated into the penalty area where Clarkson’s header back across goal picked out the far corner.

The early goal meant the Colliers needed to respond and in the ninth minute, Ryan Lincoln Barrow beat two defenders but his shot was blazed high and wide.

Controversy was to follow in the 12th minute. Redman’s through ball was perfectly timed to play Adamson in. The forward charge down on goal and goalkeeper Jack Wilson sprinted off his line. Wilson clattered into Adamson without taking the ball but to the amazement of the whole ground, the referee waved play on!

The Colliers were angered by the decision and as a result, Pearson went in the book.

Another quiet period followed as Chester-le-Street’s direct style was more suited to the heavy pitch. Easington were struggling to play their usual passing football and possession was being lost all too often.

Clarkson tried his luck again in the 23rd minute but it was a comfortable save for Kyle Donaldson while at the other end, David Vincent danced through a couple of players before dragging harmlessly wide.

Just after the half hour mark, free-flowing football from the Colliers saw a Jordan Hailes throw find James Talbot and he helped it onto Adamson. Adamson’s sharp turn gave him room to pick out Lincoln Barrow but he could only curl wide.

Easington’s best chance to date came in the 34th minute. A short corner was given straight back to Ethan Wood’s whose pinpoint cross found Shane O’Brien but his free header dipped narrowly over.

Ethan Wood was next to have a go but his free-kick was deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper before Lincoln Barrow’s through ball almost played Adamson in but it was slightly too heavy and Wilson was able to claim.

The Green Army started brightly in the second half as Adamson burst down the wing before cutting the ball back in search of Redman but it was slightly too far behind the former County player.

Harry Wood was introduced 10 minutes into the second half and he made an immediate impact by winning the Colliers a couple of corners.

They came to nothing, but Wood offered something fresh up front.

In the 59th minute, Ethan Wood weaved a way through the centre of the park before trying his luck but Wilson’s pushed the low effort behind for a corner.

Although probably looking slightly the brighter in the opening exchanges of the second half, the Colliers were punished in the 67th minute. Chester-le-Street broke from the last of three consecutive Easington corners and quickly found McGuire. He took the ball down the left wing and cut in to beat Lincoln Barrow before coolly slotting past Donaldson.

In Easington’s second substitution, Thompson was introduced and he could have had a goal within a minute of coming on. Vincent’s initial effort was blocked but a kind bounce played Thompson in only for him to be denied as Wilson saved with his legs.

The substitute had another chance with 20 minutes to play but sliced well wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Two goals behind, the Colliers had to go for it and so O’Brien went upfront. He rose to meet a header in the 74th minute but Wilson saved.

Two minutes later, at the other end, Chester-le-Street had a chance to seal the win but a glancing header from a matter of four yards was headed towards the corner flag.

Chester-le-Street wouldn’t be left to rue on missed chances though as a third came in the 82nd minute to seal the win.

Jimmy Appleby slipped at the back and Clarkson pinched possession before slotting home.

Despite being three behind, the Colliers kept plugging away and did pull one back with two minutes to play. Ethan Wood’s fine work saw him cut back from the byline to eventually find Thompson and he applied the finishing touch from six yards.

Two further great chances were still to come for the Colliers and they both fell the way of O’Brien. Firstly, he headed a Talbot cross a matter of inches wide before he somehow headed over from about a yard out!

It wasn’t to be for the Colliers and it was Chester-le-Street who booked their spot in the quarter finals.

Full-time: Chester-le-Street Town 3-1 Easington Colliery

Next up for me is possibly a game tomorrow.

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, O’Brien, Hailes, Pearson (c) (Appleby, 79′), Talbot, Lincoln Barrow, Ethan Wood, Vincent, Adamson (Thompson, 68′), Redman (Harry Wood, 55′), Shaun Smith

Unused subs: Connor, Ball

Chester-le-Street Town: Wilson, Stephenson, Reynolds (Brid Thompson, 76′), Megran (c), Greaves, Lyon (Surrey, 46′), McGuire, Naylor, White (Dixon, 84′), Clarkson, Aaron Thompson

Unused subs: Marron, Hepplewhite

Admission: £5 adults, £3 concessions

Programme: £1

Attendance: 80

Referee: Lee May

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Horden CW vs New Hartley Juniors

Since the new team was formed, I’ve only seen Horden once and that was when they played Easington Colliery during pre-season. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do today. We didn’t have a game at Easington and at first, Horden didn’t have a game either. West Allotment Celtic is quite high on my to do list and I was hopeful that they were at home but they were away to Crook Town in a game that was called off in the end. Horden were looking for a friendly and in the end, they arranged a game against New Hartley Juniors. New Hartley Juniors are another team who didn’t have a game today. They play in the Durham County FA U18s Saturday League where they currently sit fourth with three wins from four games. They have games in hand on the three teams above them – Spennymoor Town, Durham City and Stockton Town. Other than a new team in New Hartley Juniors today, I think I got a new kick-off time too! I’m fairly sure I’ve never seen a game kick-off at 13:45!

To the game and it was a competitive affair in the opening exchanges. The visitors, with their youth, set the pace and Horden were chasing them down for much of the opening quarter of an hour.

After chances came at both ends, New Hartley took the lead in the 23rd minute. The goal came direct from a corner as the inswinging ball evaded goalkeeper Shay Adamson to nestle into the far corner.

Ten minutes before half-time, the hosts had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside.

As the first half came to an end, Horden grew into the game and registered a few shots on target but they were all straight at the New Hartley goalkeeper who wasn’t really troubled.

Early in the second half, Horden almost pulled level when Craig Garthwaite rose highest to meet a corner but his header was narrowly too high.

However, the hosts did pull level eight minutes into the second half. A long goal kick was flicked on to play Haydn Pace in and the former Murton man finished well to level the scoreline.

Following a number of substitutions, New Hartley Juniors regained their lead in the 64th minute. Their forward beat the offside trap to race through on goal. Having decided not to shoot, he pulled it back to number 10 who kept his composure to regain the lead.

Quarter of an hour from time, Pace had a chance to pull the Durham Alliance outfit level for a second time. After a perfect first touch, he drilled a high effort towards goal but a fine save conserved New Hartley’s lead.

With just two minutes to play, the visitors made sure of their win. A good finish from the corner of the penalty area picked out the far bottom corner to seal the win.

Full-time: Horden CW 1-3 New Hartley Juniors

Next up for me is Chester-le-Street Town vs Easington Colliery on Tuesday night.

Admission: Free

Attendance: 40

Programme: No

Chips: £1

Can of Pepsi: 50p

Easington Colliery vs Washington

Colliers book League Cup last 16 spot with Washington victory

Easington Colliery booked a spot in the last 16 of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup with a 3-1 win over Washington on Thursday night.

Goals from Ethan Wood, Jay Redman and Harry Wood gave the Colliers the win despite Jake Pickard pulling a goal back for Washington late on.

Having beaten Jarrow Roofing in the First Round, managers Craig Veart and Craig Hughes started with a back three of Brennan Ball, Jordan Hailes and Shane O’Brien as the Colliers looked to scalp another First Division side.

Redman and Adamson led the line with a midfield five providing support.

Washington’s side included former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda but the former French international was to be on the losing side.

In a quiet start, Easington’s Kyle Donaldson was put under pressure by a couple of short back passes but he kept his calm to deal with them well.

The first half chance came in the ninth minute when James Talbot did well to cross and he picked out David Vincent but it was a fairly straightforward save for Decklan Greenwood.

With Washington’s first chance, a wide free-kick was whipped into the penalty area to find Callum Dent but Donaldson saved his header. And, a minute later, another header, this time from Pickard, clipped the crossbar on its way over.

Just before the quarter of an hour mark, an Easington free-kick was worked to Redman on the edge of the penalty area but his low drive was blocked.

Soon after, at the other end, a superb ball from Lamin Cham played Jak Hanson in but a fine save from Donaldson prevented the Washington forward. It wouldn’t have counted had he found the net as he was offside anyway.

Seventeen minutes had been played when the Colliers almost broke the deadlock. Talbot’s fine work played Redman in but his shot was saved by Greenwood. Adamson picked up the rebound but a goalline clearance prevented the forward.

Washington were possibly the stronger in the opening 20 minutes but the Colliers grew into the game.

With 25 played, an Easington corner was played short to Adamson. Adamson weaved a way to the edge of the penalty area but his curling 20-yard effort was matched by a Greenwood save.

At the other end, a half chance fell the way of Robbie Williamson but he failed to trouble Donaldson with a tame effort.

Having been on the back foot for the past 10 minutes, Washington upped their game and created numerous chances with half an hour played. Dent and Hanson both failed to beat Donaldson before Andy Mogwo skewed well wide.

As the Green Army set out to attack, a rather ambitious Redman effort darted wide before Ethan Wood broke the deadlock with a fine strike. Taking responsibility of a free-kick in a wide position, the former Hartlepool United man curled it over the wall and away from the ‘keeper to find the far top corner.

Having taken the lead seven minutes before the break, the Colliers had chances to extend it before half-time. Jake Metcalf headed a matter of inches wide from Ethan Wood’s teasing corner in the 42nd minute before Talbot’s long-range drive was blocked.

Following the break, O’Brien almost doubled Easington’s lead. Seconds after Vincent’s effort was blocked, the ball fell kindly to O’Brien 30 yards out and his power drive was destined for the top corner until a fine save from Greenwood diverted it behind for a corner.

O’Brien and Vincent both had further half chances before Metcalf won a free-kick in a wide position. Hailes whipped the dead ball into the penalty area and found the towering O’Brien but his header bounced back off the crossbar.

Just after the hour mark, the Colliers came agonisingly close to a second again. A sharp counter played Talbot in and he rounded the ‘keeper only for his effort to be cleared off the line by Abdul Karim. The resulting corner eventually found Redman and Greenwood was forced into another save to turn Redman’s effort away.

Twenty-one minutes from time, the Colliers deservedly extended their lead. The goalkeeper couldn’t handle Talbot’s original effort and Redman was quickest to react to blast home.

Only four minutes after conceding a second, the visitors had a great chance to half the deficit. Cham’s fine cross dropped for Karim but he blazed over from a matter of two yards.

In the 74th minute, the Colliers introduced Brian Smith to make his debut while Harry Wood also came on.

Harry Wood made an instant impact as his chasing caused mistakes from Washington. A defensive error gifted the substitute possession and he burst down on goal only for a crucial last-ditch challenge to deny him a goalscoring opportunity.

Ten minutes from time, Washington’s Cham tried his luck from a near impossible angle but the ball bounced back off the outside of the post.

A nervy finish was ensured when Washington pulled a goal back in the first minute of added time. Pickard was allowed to dribble through numerous defenders before his cool finish beat Donaldson.

However, any nerves were settled when Easington regained their two goal cushion a minute later. A goalkeeping error gifted Harry Wood possession and he took it around the ‘keeper before smashing home.

The win means the Colliers have now knocked two First Division sides out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup but a whole host of other First Division sides await in the last 16.

Full-time: Easington Colliery 3-1 Washington

Next up for me is a game on Saturday

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Ball, Hailes, O’Brien, Talbot, Metcalf, Ethan Wood (c), Vincent, Adamson (Brian Smith, 76′), Redman (Connor, 85′), Lincoln Barrow (Harry Wood, 76′)

Unused subs: Appleby, Shaun Smith

Washington: Greenwood, Cham, Parker, Williamson (Gardner, 46′), Chimbonda (c), Karim, Hanson, Mogwo, Pickard, Dent (Wilson, 64′), Gibbon (Brown, 64’)

Unused subs: Akal, McGeoch

Attendance: 83

Referee: Steve Lennon

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Sunderland U23s vs Legia Warsaw II

I’ve said it plenty of times in the past but I will very rarely miss a Premier League International Cup game that I have the chance of going to. That includes all of Sunderland’s games in the competition and possibly some of Newcastle’s seeming as though they’re in the competition this season. I was quite pleased with the draw when it came out. Sunderland had Legia Warsaw and Hertha Berlin in the group. They were two sides I had never seen in this competition before. Last night, I was going to go to Sunderland RCA vs Runcorn Linnets in the FA Vase but didn’t bother in the end. It was a bit of an unknown a to what sort of side this would be tonight from Legia Warsaw. It was their first ever game in the competition and they don’t have an under-23 or under-21 side as such. They did have an under-21 side but they stopped that four or five years ago. After the first team, they’ve got their B team (II) and an under-19 team. At least eight of these players were involved in the II team’s 0-0 draw at Polonia Warszawa on Sunday so I’ll go with calling tonight’s team the II team.

Match report:

Legia Warsaw claim first ever Premier League International Cup point with draw at Sunderland

Legia Warsaw claimed their first ever Premier League International Cup point with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland U23s on Wednesday night.

Playing their first ever game in the competition, Legia Warsaw went 1-0 up through Robert Bartczak’s 33rd minute strike but a late Andrew Nelson goal ensured the points were shared.

Sunderland managed Elliott Dickman opted to start with Joel Asoro leading the line while Luke Molyneux, Jack Diamond and Rees Greenwood operated just behind the Swedish striker.

Upon kick-off, it was the visitors who started the brighter. Tsubasa Nishi, who bossed the midfield throughout, threading a ball through to Grzegorz Aftyka but his 20-yard effort darted narrowly wide of James Talbot’s goal.

Further half chances fell the way of Legia Warsaw but good defending from the young Black Cats blocked efforts from both Michal Góral and Łukasz Moneta.

Following a nervy opening 10 minutes from Sunderland, they grew into the game and slightly edged possession as the first half wore on.

It wasn’t until the 22nd minute when Sunderland created their first chance. Jack Diamond’s perfectly weighted through ball gave Asoro a chance but Jakub Szumski was quickly off his line and the former Poland U21 international made himself big to save Asoro’s effort.

Just before the half hour mark, a Sunderland throw found Diamond who worked the ball to Owen Gamble. The full-back found room to shoot and drilled a low 25-yard effort round down the middle of the goal. Szumski made a bit of a mess of his save but he was relieved to see the ball go behind for a corner after bouncing off his chest.

Three minutes later, the visitors took the lead. A sharp counter found and he held the ball up for Piotr Cichocki who found Aftyka. His persistence worked the ball in a dangerous area where Moneta fired an effort that was blocked. A fortunate bounce from the block played Bartczak in and he slotted home despite being charged down by Talbot.

As Sunderland looked for a response, two further saves from Szumski prevented Asoro and the visitors went into the break a goal to the good.

With the first chance of the second half, Diamond burst through the Warsaw half before laying the ball off to Greenwood. He cut in but could only curl well wide of Szumski’s goal.

Molyneux was next to try his luck but Szumski comfortably pushed the ball to safety.

A quiet period followed with Legia Warsaw content with their lead. Sunderland were seeing the majority of possession but Warsaw rarely looked threatened.

It could have been nil-two with 20 minutes of the second half played. A teasing Legia Warsaw free-kick was whipped into the penalty area and dropped to Góral six yards out but he couldn’t keep his stabbed effort down.

The introduction of Nelson livened Sunderland up. In the 69th minute, a dangerous Denver Hume cross was met by both Nelson and Molyneux but neither could guide the ball towards goal and the visitors eventually cleared.

Nelson, who has just returned from a loan spell at Harrogate Town, tried his luck with quarter of an hour to play. Receiving the ball 30 yards out, Nelson burst down on goal but his eventual 20 yard effort was dragged harmlessly wide.

A sharp Sunderland counter-attack led to a chance with just shy of 10 minutes to play. After collecting a Legia Warsaw corner, Talbot quickly threw the ball out to Diamond and he drove all the way through but the 17-year-old failed to find the target with a scuffed effort.

However, just as time was running out, Sunderland found an equaliser. Lee Connelly’s rather hopeful cross somehow found Nelson and his first time effort beat Szumski at his near post.

Having conceded, Warsaw immediately looked for a winner. Talbot produced a good save to prevent an Eryk Więdłocha header with just three minutes to play before the same man had an effort blocked by Tom Beadling.

Just as the game entered injury time, Sunderland’s Molyneux headed a Hume cross wide before the visitors created the final chance of the game. Moneta, who was finding plenty of room down the left wing in the closing stages, cut in to find substitute Miłosz Szczepański but he could only curl over.

In the end, the points were shared and the point lifts Sunderland to the top of the group.

Full-time: Sunderland U23s 1-1 Legia Warsaw II

Next up for me is Easington Colliery vs Washington tomorrow.

Sunderland U23s: Talbot, Gamble, Hume, Bale, Taylor, Beadling (c), Molyneux, Robson, Asoro (Nelson, 66′), Diamond (Connelly, 83′), Greenwood (Kimpioka, 83′)

Unused subs: Storey, Woud, Hackett, Allan

Legia Warsaw II:  Szumski, Turzyniecki, Wełnicki, Byra, Barczak, Cichocki (Więdłocha, 72′), Moneta, Nishi, Praszelik (Bondarenko, 83′), Aftyka (Szczepański, 58′), Góral

Unused sub: Kochalski

Admission: £3 adults, £1 concessions

Programme: No

Attendance: 275

Teamsheet: Free

Can of Pepsi: 80p

Referee: Ryan Johnson

Durham Women vs London Bees

There hasn’t been a great deal of goals in my games of late. This game, which turned out to be goalless, was my third goalless draw in the space of a week. And, in the three games in the past week which have had goals, there has been no more than 3 in any of them. My average goals per game for the past six games is just 1.33! London Bees are a side who I’ve seen quite a bit of really. I’ve only ever seen them play at Durham but today was the fourth time I’ve seen them at Durham. The coming midweek could be quite a busy one for me. I was planning on doing Sunderland U23s vs Legia Warsaw II on Wednesday and then Easington Colliery vs Washington on Thursday. But, Sunderland RCA now have an FA Vase replay against Runcorn Linnets on Tuesday night so I’ll probably go there too.

Match report:

London Bees claim first point of WSL season at Durham

London Bees claimed their first point of the 2017-2018 WSL season with a hard-fought 0-0 at Durham Women on Sunday afternoon.

Durham had the better of the chances with Abi Cottam hitting the post and Jordan Atkinson’s cross being cleared off the line but they couldn’t find the breakthrough and the point were shared.

Durham made three changes from last weekend’s draw with Liverpool with Atkinson, Nicola Worthington and Cottam coming in for Ellie Christon, Nicki Gears and Lauren Briggs.

The Wildcats created a chance within the opening two minutes when the ball dropped to Beth Hepple on the edge of the penalty area but her effort was deflected for a corner. The resulting corner was cleared as far as Worthington but her effort was charged down too.

Chances were aplenty for Durham in the opening exchanges and another came with four minutes played. Emily Roberts burst down the wing and picked out Zoe Ness who whipped a teasing cross into the penalty area. Cottam got onto the end of it but her glancing header bounced agonisingly wide.

Ness fired just wide for Durham before the Bees created their first chance. Good football from the Bees worked the ball to Paula Howells and her cross found Lucy Loomes but her rather tame effort was saved by Helen Alderson.

Another tame header from the visitors forced an easy save from Alderson before Durham stopper was forced into a more impressive save. Bees captain Emma Beckett picked out Loomes and she helped it onto Howells but Alderson saved well to prevent the former England Under-19 international.

In the 24th minute, the woodwork proved to be London Bees’ saviour. Brilliant build-up play saw Hepple, Worthington, Roberts and Atkinson link up well with the latter finding Cottam. The former West Bromwich Albion striker hit a first time volley but it bounced back off the post.

As the Wildcats continued to search for an opening goal, Sarah Wilson skewed wide after a Hepple free-kick had hit the wall before Hepple cut in from the left only for her eventual shot to be saved by Nicola Hobbs.

Further efforts from Ness and Hepple just say evaded Hobbs’ goal and despite there being plenty of chances, it was a stalemate at the break.

Durham looked dangerous early in the second half as Atkinson’s dangerous cross wasn’t fully dealt with by Hobbs. Cottam and Ness were both looking to pounce but Hobbs was able to recover deny the danger.

A quiet spell followed with the wind having a big impact on the game. London Bees enjoyed a good spell of possession but the final ball was letting the visitors down.

Just after the hour mark, Roberts cut in from the wing for the hosts but Hobbs held her effort before Atkinson’s good work gave her room to cross where she drilled a ball across goal. The slightest of touches would have put Durham ahead but it wasn’t to be and London Bees cleared.

Quarter of an hour from time, Ness did well to weave a way through two defenders on the edge of the penalty area but Hobbs saved well to prevent the Scotland international.

Durham substitute Nicki Gears fired over before a goal line clearance prevented the Wildcats. Atkinson’s low cross took the ‘keeper out of the game and Cottam’s prodded effort was destined for the net but Rosie Lane cleared off the line.

In the 84th minute, Loomes could have, and possibly should have, snatched a winner for London Bees. The former Millwall Lionesses forward was played in but with only Alderson to beat, she could only fire wide.

Alderson picked up an injury late on and couldn’t continue meaning Lauren Briggs was forced to go in goal.

The Wildcats had numerous set pieces in injury time but failed to carve out any real chances and the points were shared.

Full-time: Durham Women 0-0 London Bees

Next up for me is probably Sunderland RCA vs Runcorn Linnets on Tuesday night.

Durham Women: Alderson, Johnson, Wilson (c), Hill, Atkinson (Christon, 86′), Cottam, Worthington (Briggs, 67′), Lee, Hepple, Roberts (Gears, 67′), Ness

Unused subs: Borthwick, Gibson, Dalgliesh

London Bees: Hobbs; Weston, Lea, Lane, Fogarty, Howells, O’Leary, Anderson, Loomes (Fisher, 86’), Beckett (c), Toussaint

Unused subs: Clarke, Rolandsen, Lalani, Huggins

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: £2

Attendance: 401

Teamsheet: Free

Chips: £1.80

Can of Coke: £1

Referee: Dean Holme

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion vs Easington Colliery

Colliers defeated despite dominant display at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

Easington Colliery tasted a first defeat in 11 despite a dominant performance at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were the last team to defeat the Colliers, 2-0 at the Welfare Park in September, and they repeated history today with another 2-0 win.

After a goalless first half, Sam Moore prodded the hosts into a 64th minute lead and Martyn Hepple added a second in the 84th minute.

The Colliers created chances throughout but couldn’t find the net in a very frustrating afternoon.

Easington managers Craig Veart and Craig Hughes named an unchanged starting XI from last weekend’s draw at Chester-le-Street. Shaun Smith played centre-forward alongside Jack Pounder while Ethan Wood and Liam Adamson worked the wings.

Despite a bright start from the Colliers, it was Ryton & Crawcrook Albion who created the first half chance as Moore collected possession on the edge of the penalty area but his effort trickled harmlessly wide.

In the sixth minute, Pounder appeared to be pushed in the penalty area but the referee waved the penalty appeals away.

Two minutes later, Pounder had the ball in the net. David Vincent’s clever dinked ball played Pounder in and he lobbed the ‘keeper only to be ruled offside.

As Easington continued to look the brighter, James Talbot did well to win a corner. Wood took responsibility and his inswinging ball found Vincent at the near post but his volley failed to find the target.

The best chance to date came in the 14th minute. Talbot’s low cross picked out Adamson in space 12 yards from goal but his effort ballooned over the crossbar in what was a real let off for the hosts.

The game then settled down with the Colliers controlling possession.

In the 22nd minute, Chris Pearson’s cross picked out Smith but his header failed to find the target while Talbot’s drilled cross seconds later just needed the slightest of touches but it didn’t come.

On a very tricky pitch where there was a bobble in every pass, the Colliers were playing some quick free-flowing football to open up the Albion. With 26 minutes played, Wood and Pounder played a quick one-two before Wood played the ball out wide to Adamson. Adamson cut in and looked up to curl an effort towards the back post but it was slightly too high.

Good work from Vincent teed up Adamson on the half hour mark but he couldn’t keep his effort down before a rare chance at the other end saw Ryton almost break the deadlock. A scuffed shot turned into a fine pass to play Moore in. His effort forced a fine save from Kyle Donaldson and the rebound was cleared off the line by Pearson.

Ten minutes before half-time, Pounder found room to shoot on the edge of the penalty area but his effort was deflected into the hands of Dom McMahon.

The first half performance was pleasing from the Colliers, but they knew they would need to break the deadlock early in the second half.

Less than four minutes into the second period, Pounder held the ball up well to find Smith. The pacy forward gave possession straight back to Pounder who managed to get a shot away but couldn’t find the target.

Four minutes later, another chance fell the way of Pounder. This time, Ryton’s ‘keeper sliced a clearance and it fell to Pounder whose effort was crucially blocked by a defender.

Ryton’s first chance of the second half, and only their third or fourth of the entire game, came in the 56th minute. Good football worked the ball to Michael Hedley but his effort failed to find the far bottom corner.

On the hour mark, the Green Army created an extended spell of pressure in the Ryton final third. Both Vincent and Talbot had half chances charged down before the hosts eventually cleared.

Seconds later, the Colliers introduced Jay Redman and he could have put the Green Army ahead within 30 seconds of his introduction. Pounder’s great work saw him beat two defenders before his delicate ball played Redman in. The midfielder dinked the ball over the ‘keeper but it was cleared off the line.

Vincent had a rather routine shot saved seconds later before the Colliers were made to rue on missed chances as the hosts took the lead. Totally against the run of play, clever build up play saw a ball across goal find Moore who had a simple tap in to give the Albion the lead.

One of the floodlights that was meant to be lighting the area the Colliers were attacking didn’t come on and it was quite dark down that end in the second half!

Pearson had a powerful effort blocked as the Colliers looked for a response before Smith fired wide of the Ryton goal.

Another of the lights then went out before Redman’s quick burst down the wing resulted with his dangerous cross being headed wide by Smith.

Redman fired wide with 16 minutes to play before Wood won the Colliers a corner. Wood’s corner was flicked up in the air and dropped for Smith but his acrobatic bicycle kick had too much elevation.

Talbot then tried his luck only to be prevented by McMahon and a real sucker-punch came when Ryton doubled their lead in the 84th minute. An original effort was kept out but there was no stopping Hepple’s follow up.

Easington kept plugging away but couldn’t create any clear-cut chances and a frustrating afternoon ended in defeat.

The Colliers will now look to get back to winning ways with a League Cup tie at home to Washington on Thursday night.

Full-time: Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 2-0 Easington Colliery

Next up for me is Durham Women vs London Bees tomorrow.

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Metcalf, Lincoln Barrow (O’Brien, 84′), Pearson (c), Appleby, Vincent, Wood, Talbot (Thompson, 84′), Smith, Pounder, Adamson (Redman, 60′)

Unused sub: Bulmer

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion: McMahon, Below (c), Smith, Moody, Barker, Anderson, Hepple, Crammond (McMeekin, 62′), Moore (Stoddart, 74′), Davis, Anstey (Hedley, 46’)

Unused sub: Houghton

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: £1

Attendance: 62

Chips: £1.50

Referee: Michael Taylor

Jarrow Roofing vs Seaham Red Star

It’s a year and eight months since I was last at Jarrow Roofing. That came when they hosted Morpeth Town at the back end of the 2015-2016 season. Since then, I’ve watched them a couple of times (many in cup competitions) but haven’t visited them. I said on Tuesday that the game at Sunderland RCA would be my only game of this midweek as I wasn’t aware of this game. It was only on Wednesday morning when Dave Copeland (Seaham’s secretary) pointed out to me that this game was being played tonight. Little has changed since my last visit to Roofing but there was one thing that surprised me – the programme. Now, I don’t like to criticise programmes as I know they take a lot of work and can be a chore. Roofing used to do a good programme. It was professionally designed and very similar to Seaham’s. But, I got a shock when I got one today. It was literally one sheet of A4 paper folded into three (like a leaflet) and in black and white. One side had Seaham’s history and pen pics and the other side had a very basic cover, the squad lists (which included Ethan Wood who signed for Easington quite a while ago!) and a league table. It’s fair to say it’s a disappointing programme, especially for a club who have a media team of at least four people!

Match report:

Martin hat-trick summons Seaham to defeat

Olly Martin scored a hat-trick as Jarrow Roofing comfortably beat Seaham Red Star 3-0 on Friday night.

It took the former South Shields Reserves man only 17 minutes in the second half to collect his hat-trick after a goalless first half.

Martin’s 50th minute strike put the Roofers ahead, and his second came in the 55th minute.

He added a third in the 67th minute and it could have been more for the hosts but Liam Anderson missed a late penalty.

Missing players like Craig Lynch and Lee Hetherington through injury, Seaham started with Liam McBryde and Thomas Scott leading the line.

It was a cagey start from both sides. There was plenty of effort and desire but it was an actionless opening 10 minutes.

A Roofing penalty shout was turned down in the 11th minute as David Palmer fell in the penalty area before Paul Garthwaite fired wide for the hosts with the first shot of the game.

Jarrow Roofing seemed to have a slight edge and they would have taken the lead in the 16th minute had it not been for the assistant referee. A perfectly weighted through ball played Martin in and he slotted home only to be greeted by the offside flag.

Red Star grew into the game and found a bit of joy down the wings with crosses from both Robbie Bird and Callum Munro causing trouble for Roofing but they eventually cleared.

Lee Kerr went close to opening the scoring for Jarrow Roofing in the 33rd minute. Playing against his former club, Kerr collected possession on the edge of the penalty area and his volley had Jordan Harkess troubled but it dipped wide.

Two minutes before the break, Seaham created the first halves best chance. Alex Ramshaw’s through ball played Scott in but the ball bobbled up at a crucial point and Scott blasted over when one-on-one.

Seaham introduced Nicky Kane at half-time and he went close within the opening two minutes when sending a free header over the crossbar.

However, Seaham were to be punished as Roofing broke the deadlock in the 50th minute. A low ball found its way to Martin who had too much room and he punished Seaham by picking out the bottom corner.

That lead was doubled a matter of five minutes later. Martin stole possession from Brad Staunch and raced down on goal before slotting past Harkess to collect his brace.

Seaham almost immediately responded. A sharp break found Bird and he cut in before drilling an effort that trickled a matter of inches wide of the far post.

Iulian Petrache had a header cleared off the line as Roofing looked for a third, before Harkess was forced into a fine save to prevent Martin from collecting his hat-trick.

However, there was to be no denying Martin of his hat-trick. Halfway through the second half, Kerr’s through ball played the centre-forward in and he poked home to seal his hat-trick.

It was evident that it wasn’t Seaham’s night but they kept plugging away. Bird and Kane both failed to find the target with half chances as the second half wore on before Scott’s long-range effort forced an easy save from Shaun Newbrook.

In the final minute, Roofing had a great chance to add gloss to the win after being awarded a penalty. Substitute Liam Anderson took responsibility but Harkess saved well.

It counted for little though as Jarrow Roofing claimed the three points to go five points clear of the relegation zone.

Full-time: Jarrow Roofing 3-0 Seaham Red Star

Next up for me is Ryton & Crawcrook Albion vs Easington Colliery tomorrow.

Jarrow Roofing: Newbrook, McArdle, Walton, Vipond (c), Petrache, Fisher, Garthwaite, Kerr, Martin (Duell, 89′), Gardiner (Anderson, 81′), Palmer

Unused subs: Varga, Regan, Dadd

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Chapman, Hodgson, Croft (Johnston, 65′), Ramshaw, Scott, McBryde (Kane, 46′), Bird (c)

Unused subs: Galbraith, Patton

Admission: £6 adults, £4 concessions

Attendance: About 100

Programme: Free (thankfully!)

Chips and chilli: £2

Referee: Michael Andrews