Durham City vs Easington Colliery

Trip to Durham abandoned late on

Easington Colliery’s Northern League Division Two tie at Durham City was abandoned on Tuesday night due to floodlight failure.

Durham City were 1-0 up at the time of abandonment, and 82 minutes had been played.

Anthony Chapman had put the Citizens ahead in the 72nd minute, but the abandonment means that it is up to the league as to what will happen with the fixture.

There was a slight change in formation for the Colliers. Garon Garside moved into midfield with Chris Pearson coming back into the starting XI. Jake Dunn and Nathan Proctor both started, while Keir MacDougall dropped to the bench.

Upon kick-off, Durham had a half chance within the opening minute. Ellis Brymer got a shot away, but it was well wide of Jack Patton’s goal.

The Colliers did have a few early attacks, but the closest they came was when Niall McGoldrick had a shot blocked.

Chapman and Brymer had further half chances for the hosts in the opening 20 minutes, but neither of them could trouble Patton to any degree.

Despite not having too many chances, Durham were the brighter side.

Famara Jatta curled a free-kick harmlessly over for the hosts as time wore on, before good defending saw Durham clear a Dunn cross.

Easington finished the first half quite well. Josh Home-Jackson had a big chance in the 34th minute when a perfectly weighted ball played him in. Durham goalkeeper David Smallman rushed out to make himself big, and he did well to save Home-Jackson’s effort.

Smallman then saved a Proctor free-kick, before Garside fired over.

Both sides had half chances throughout the first half, but clear cut chances were at a premium and it was goalless at the break.

Upon the restart in the kick-off, Durham had goalkeeper Smallman to thank for keeping them level. Home-Jackson’s cross picked out Pounder, whose powerful header forced Smallman into a good save.

The Colliers then had a few corners, with Smallman saving Pounder’s header in the end.

A quiet period then followed. A couple of substitutions were made, and the yellow card was brandished a couple of times, but that was about it.

Jatta headed well over for Durham halfway through the second half, before Dunn’s effort was saved at the other end.

In the 73rd minute, Durham opened the scoring. Max Thomas burst down the wing and cross a low inviting ball into the area. Chapman latched onto it and his first time effort from six yards gave Patton no chance.

As Easington looked to respond, Dunn drilled a free-kick into the wall.

With 12 minutes to play, it looked as though Durham had a penalty. Their man charged down on goal and took the ball round Patton before falling to the ground. The referee, with no doubt in his mind, pointed to the penalty spot but his assistant, correctly, signalled that it was a dive and the referee reversed his decision to give the Colliers a free-kick.

As the game entered its final 10 minutes, Proctor was sent to the sin bin for protesting a throw that should have went the way of the Colliers.

Shortly after, with 82 minutes on the clock, the northern most floodlight on the dugout side went out. After 10 or 15 minutes, they managed to get them all back on. However, just as the game was about to restart, the same floodlight went out again and the referee abandoned the game after a minute or two.

Abandoned on 82 minutes: Durham City 1-0 Easington Colliery

Next up for me is either East Durham Blue Belles vs Redcar Town Ladies Reserves or Washington vs Crook Town tomorrow night.

Durham City: Smallman, Thomas, Daon Yrus Kehi, Drummond (Whelan, 57′), Daon Dimitri Kehi, Jatta, Thirlaway, McCardle, Chapman (c), Brymer, Nicholson

Unused subs: Thompson, Dixon, Collins, Brooks

Easington Colliery: Patton, Ball (Lincoln Barrow, 58′), Proctor, Pearson (c), McGoldrick, Garside, Talbot, Dunn, Southern, Home-Jackson, Pounder

Unused subs: Middleton, O’Brien, MacDougall, Hope

Admission: £5 adults, £3 concessions

Programme: £1

Attendance: 82

Referee: Karl Barron

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