Poor Colliers beaten by West Allotment
Easington Colliery were soundly beaten 0-3 at home to West Allotment Celtic on Thursday night.
It was a poor performance from the Colliers, and West Allotment were in control throughout.
Shane Jones put the visitors ahead, and a second half Matty Hayton brace helped the visitors to the three points.
Having to make three substitutions in the first half due to injury didn’t help the Colliers.
Sam Naylor started in goal for the Colliers, while Kyle Middleton also returned to the side before going off injured.
It took just 30 seconds for the visitors to create their first chance. Gilberto Chapim got a shot away from 20 yards, but it was a comfortable save for Naylor.
Bruno Mendes-Correia then fired wide for the visitors, before a short spell of pressure from Easington led to no chance.
Mendes-Correia went close again in the 11th minute, and they took the lead with their next chance. Quick football caught the Colliers short at the back and a low ball across goal picked out Jones who finished well.
Middleton burst down the wing as the Colliers looked for a response, and he did well to cut in to beat two men. He got a shot away, but the ‘keeper saved.
Jacob Forster then forced a save from Naylor, before the Colliers went close at the other end. Tom Goundry’s pinpoint cross found Jack Pounder, but his header darted narrowly wide.
Chapim and Hayton then failed to find the target for the visitors.
The Colliers hadn’t got going, and three forced substitutions didn’t help their case.
Liam Adamson did have an effort saved towards the end of the half, before Pounder heeled wide, but the Green Army went into the break knowing it had to be better.
Following the break, West Allotment almost doubled their lead inside two minutes. A Jones free-kick was saved, as was the rebound, and a third effort was blazed over.
In the 48th minute, the Colliers came as close as they got to scoring. A ball over the top played Pounder in. The ‘keeper got a touch on Pounder’s shot to take the power out, but it was still destined for the net until a defender rushed back to clear off the line.
And, the Colliers would be made to pay as West Allotment soon doubled their lead. The ball fell to Hayton on the edge of the penalty area, and he flicked it up before sending a sweetly struck dipping volley over Naylor and into the net.
Seven minutes later, they had their third. Chris Pearson’s slip gave them a chance, and Hayton charged down on goal before rounding Naylor and slotting home.
That was about it from an Easington perspective.
West Allotment continued to create chances and could have had more, but a few saves from Naylor and a bit of wayward finishing kept it at three.
Pearson had a couple of ambitious shots late on for the Colliers, but they were never going to trouble Findlay Hodgson.
It was a night to forget for the Colliers who are back in action with a home game against Crook Town on Saturday.
Full-time: Easington Colliery 0-3 West Allotment Celtic
Next up for me is Easington Colliery vs Crook Town on Saturday.
Easington Colliery: Naylor, Middleton (Graham-Bage, 22′), Goundry, Pearson (c), Hall, McGoldrick (Garside, 33′), Vincent (MacDougall, 33′), Green, Pounder, Adamson, Mitchell
Unused subs: Home-Jackson, Niven
West Allotment Celtic: Hodgson, Burns (Bailey, 59′), Leech, Forster (Berhan, 59′), Errington (c), Scott, Mendes-Correia (Baxter, 56′), Chapim, Hayton, Jones, Paterson
Unused subs: Bates, Somerville
Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Kirk Freeth