Colliers draw in pre-season opener
Keen to look at several possible young players for the 2017-2018 season, the management named two different sides for each half with Kyle Donaldson being the only player to complete 90 minutes.
Reece Kenney and Jack Pounder were missing through holiday, but Donaldson, Brennan Ball, Chris Bell, Liam Adamson, Luke Page and David Paul all featured in the first half with a side mixed with experience from last season and debutants.
The second half team consisted of the likes of Chris Pearson, Chris Freeman, Aidan Goodey, Brian Norton and Michael Bulmer.
The Colliers started brightly and created a chance within the opening minute when Jay Redman’s cross picked out Paul but he could only head wide.
And, Easington would be made to pay as Silksworth took the lead with only 90 seconds played. The Easington back line was cut open too easily giving their forward time and space to slot the ball past Donaldson and into the net.
Silksworth, much deeper into their pre-season campaign than Easington, pressed in the opening 10 minutes but couldn’t carve out any further real chances.
With nine minutes on the clock, Page’s gutsy run for the Green Army eventually saw the midfielder find Redman but his powerful effort darted narrowly over the crossbar.
Paul, always looking to be ‘flamboyant’, flicked the ball up a couple of times to tee up the bicycle kick from 25 yards soon after but totally missed his acrobatic effort to the amusement of the Easington bench.
Paul was in the thick of things once again five minutes later. With the defence not applying pressure and the goalkeeper off his line, the former Seaham Red Star striker attempted a 30 yard lob but his effort drifted wide.
Page then went close for the Colliers but they couldn’t find the decisive move.
Donaldson had very little to do throughout, with the few efforts Silksworth did create failing to find the target.
Adamson and Page both had further half chances before Paul almost found the net in impressive style with a curling free-kick that bounced back off the crossbar.
Despite some impressive football from the Colliers, they went into the break a goal down.
And, with the host of changes at the break, Silksworth doubled their lead early in the second period. Easington were pushing and had a chance through Norton but a sharp Silksworth break caught the Green Army out and a composed finished doubled the Wearside League outfits advantage.
Easington were well on top in terms of possession in the second half with the ball being worked around nicely. It was evident that match fitness wasn’t quite there, but that’ll come in time. Some of the play was very positive but the Colliers lacked a cutting edge for much of the second half.
It took until the 84th minute for Easington to eventually half the deficit. A low ball across the face of goal found James Connor who blasted home from close-range at the second time of asking.
And, an equaliser came in rather comical fashion soon after. Under very little pressure, a Silksworth defender played a rather heavy pass back to his goalkeeper who wasn’t actually between the posts. A rather embarrassing own goal followed.
Full-time: Silkworth CW 2-2 Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery (first half): Donaldson, Appleby, Hailes, Ball, Bell, Adamson, Page, Vincent, Mitchell ,Redman, Paul
Easington Colliery (second half): Donaldson, Pearson, Freeman, Metcalfe, Barrow, Goodey, Norton, Old, Graham, Bulmer, Connor
Referee: Geoff Eltringham