Colliers beaten at Thornaby
Despite a good first half, Easington Colliery were beaten 4-2 at Thornaby on Saturday afternoon.
Daniel Chapman collected a hat-trick on the afternoon for the hosts, and he opened the scoring for the hosts in the 12th minute.
Liam Cooke equalised for the Colliers in the 24th minute, and Connor Short put the Colliers ahead nine minutes later.
However, Thornaby dominated the second half and two further Chapman goals alongside Kyran Clark’s effort ensured Thornaby took all three points.
Much alike many games this season, it was a game of two halves with Easington looking the brighter side in the first half and Thornaby bossing the second.
One change was made from the Billingham Town defeat with Tom Goundry coming in for the missing Liam Adamson.
It wasn’t a bad start from the Colliers, but there was no chances inside the opening 10 minutes.
With the games first real chance, Thornaby took the lead. Keith Finch and Dan Martin both attempted to deal with a high ball, but they crashed into each other and the ball went high into the air. It dropped to Chapman who headed into an empty net.
Looking for a response, the Colliers worked the ball to Jack Pounder but his effort on the turn was saved by James Dawson.
Lewis Green then had an effort deflected into Dawson’s hands, before Pounder had an effort blocked.
David Vincent was then charged down as he looked to get a shot away, before Jak Ashton fired not far wide of the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
In the 24th minute, the Colliers pulled level. Patient football from the Colliers saw Vincent and Pounder link up. Liam Cooke was eventually giving an opportunity to shoot, and he picked out the bottom corner.
After Liam Cooke had fired wide, the Green Army took the lead with 12 minutes of the first half to play. Lewis Green’s free-kick was chested down by Jake Metcalf to find Short and his effort found the bottom corner.
It was a good first half from the Colliers who went into the break with a deserved lead, but the same can’t be said about the second half.
Metcalf fired wide within the opening 60 seconds of the restart, but then Thornaby came into the game.
A great save from Finch prevented Chapman in the 48th minute, but the hosts pulled level just three minutes later. A looping Clark header from 12 yards somehow got over Finch and dropped into the net after clipping the bar.
As time wore on, it was Thornaby looking the more likely to get a winner.
And, in the 73rd minute, they did take the lead. A scramble in the Easington penalty area saw the ball drop to Chapman who blasted home to put the hosts ahead.
Thornaby’s fourth came within the final 10 minutes. An Easington corner was cleared and a sharp break had Easington outnumbered. The ball was eventually played over to Chapman and he finished well for his hat-trick.
Pounder did slot home for Easington late on, but it was ruled out for offside.
Full-time: Thornaby 4-2 Easington Colliery
Next up for me is Sunderland Ladies vs Derby County Ladies and Hartlepool United vs Barnet tomorrow.
Thornaby: Dawson, Graham, Wilson, Poole, Morrison, Burton (Burton, 85′), Scaife-Wheatley (c), Hugill (Jackson, 46′), Chapman, Ward (Clark, 46′), Howes
Unused subs: Roddam, Blake
Easington Colliery: Finch, Metcalf (Garside, 65′), Goundry (Ball, 65′), Pearson (c), Martin, Green, Short, Vincent, Pounder, Liam Cooke (O’Brien, 85′), Ashton
Unused subs: Freeman,Thompson
Admission: £5 adults, £3 concessions
Can of Coke: £1
Referee: Chris Armstrong