Ten-man Colliers narrowly beaten by Thornaby
A ten-man Easington Colliery were narrowly beaten 2-3 at home to Thornaby on Saturday afternoon.
First half goals from Ben Jackson and Lewis Murphy had put Thornaby in control, but Liam Adamson reduced the deficit in the 47th minute.
Ian Ward regained Thornaby’s lead just a minute later, but Adamson struck once again to half the deficit.
Jack Pounder was extremely harshly sent off for the Colliers in the second half, and Thornaby held on for the win.
With the likes of Brennan Ball, Kyle Middleton and Josh Home-Jackson missing, the Colliers played three at the back with James Talbot and Jak Ashton acting as wing backs.
It was a quiet start with little goalmouth action inside the opening 10 minutes.
In the 10th minute, Kyran Clark got a shot away for Thornaby, but it was a comfortable save for Keith Finch.
Good defending from Thornaby prevented Adamson of a chance a minute later, before a dangerous Thornaby attack gave their forward and Finch a chase. The Thornaby man got their first to knock it past Finch, and Finch could only clatter the Thornaby man. Chris Pearson was covering Finch, so, in the end, the referee only opted to book Finch.
In the 19th minute, Lewis Murphy headed over for the visitors, but they took the lead just two minutes later. Jackson did well to cut in and beat Talbot, and he drilled a low effort into the bottom corner from 16 yards.
Having fallen behind, the Colliers looked to respond. An Adamson cross was cleared as far as Kieran Mitchell in the 25th minute, but his driven effort was saved.
The Colliers then had a spell of pressure, but no real chances came from it.
However, in the 34th minute, Thornaby doubled their lead. A low cross gave Murphy half a chance, and his first time poked effort doubled the Teessiders’ lead.
Only a minute later, the Colliers almost halved the deficit. Adamson’s effort had the ‘keeper beaten, but Jordan Wilson just say managed to clear it off the line.
There wasn’t a great deal of chances in the first half, but what Thornaby created, they took, and that was enough to send the Colliers into the break with work to do.
Following the break, the Colliers halved the deficit within two minutes. Good work from Ashton saw him beat his man before pulling the ball back to Adamson. He cut in to beat his man before confidently tucking the ball into the net via a slight touch from the ‘keeper.
However, within 60 seconds, Thornaby were again two goals to the good. A looping ball fell in the six yard box, and Ward was there to cushion home a volley. It was too easy for him from a defensive point of view.
In an all action opening six minutes of the second half, Adamson halved the deficit once again in the 51st minute. The forward was played in on goal and a cool finish picked out the bottom corner.
Just as the Colliers were getting right back into it, they were reduced to 10 men. Pounder went in for a challenge and won the ball. He went in with only one foot, kept that foot on the floor and fairly won the ball with no complaints from Thornaby. However, to the amazement of everyone in the Welfare Park, referee Mark Bell blew for a Thornaby free-kick and sent Pounder off.
On the hour mark, Lewis Green forced a save from the Thornaby ‘keeper, before the Thornaby stopper latched onto a long ball just before Adamson.
Few chances came as the second half wore on, with the ten-man Colliers working hard to equalise while Thornaby were content at 2-3.
Jamie Poole curled a free-kick well over for Thornaby with 10 minutes to play, before Murphy forced a save from Finch.
In the 86th minute, the Colliers had a penalty shout turned down as Adamson was barged over in the penalty area.
Two minutes later, Thornaby had goalkeeper James Dawson to thank. A superb touch from Adamson set up a chance, but Dawson’s save prevented Adamson of a hat-trick.
And, in the 90th minute, another good save from Dawson prevented Adamson.
In injury time, Thornaby were killing time and managing the game well.
In the end, the Colliers came up slightly short and Thornaby took the points.
Full-time: Easington Colliery 2-3 Thornaby
Next up for me is Sunderland Ladies vs Huddersfield Town Ladies tomorrow.
Easington Colliery: Finch, Talbot (Cooke, 78′), Ashton, Hall, Pearson (c), McGoldrick, Green, Vincent (Graham-Bage, 41′), Adamson, Pounder, Mitchell (Williams, 78′)
Unused subs: Garside, MacDougall
Thornaby: Dawson, Morrison, Wilson, Crainey, Poole, Posthill, Scaife-Wheatley (c), Bailey, Clark (Murphy, 17), Ward, Jackson
Unused subs: Burton, Foley
Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Mark Bell