At the weekend, I didn’t think I would get to a game this midweek but I definitely wanted to get somewhere. I was always on the lookout for a game, but I didn’t realise Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies played Chester-le-Street Town Ladies last night. If I had known, I probably would have had a look down. Thankfully though, I found out about this game. The other day someone dropped me a message just wanting to know a bit more about me. He asked a few questions and I gave him some answers. I thought I might as well put the answers here too just in case anyone is interested.
How do you remember everything that happens in a game?
I take notes on my phone. I used to have a notepad a couple of years ago but that’s no good when it’s raining, and you can just look out of place. I just take notes on my phone and use them. Or, if it’s an Easington game, I put all the updates on Easington’s Twitter so I use that.
How long does a report take?
Probably between an hour and a half and two hours on average. If I’m in a rush to get it done, I can maybe get a report done in an hour.
Who is the best players you know (nicest off the pitch)?
There are loads of great lads in local football round here and I know quite a few of them. All of the current Easington lads are a great bunch. Away from Easington, I’d probably say Chris Tarn. Tarny is a great lad who is totally committed wherever he is. And he’s not a bad striker.
Do you want to go into sports writing as a career?
Yes. I will be looking to once I finish University, but even if I don’t, I’ll continue doing what I do now.
What are your favourite sports other than football?
Anything really. I’m not too fussed on cricket and rugby though. Horse racing, golf and tennis are three I would say after football. Mind, I love a bit of darts and snooker too.
To the game and Durham were the brighter from the off. A couple of early shots failed to find the target, before the students broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. Matty Cornish collected possession 18 yards out and his fine effort picked out the far top corner.
A Durham free-kick then rattled the crossbar, before a couple of further efforts failed to find the target.
All Ryton & Crawcrook Albion could muster in the first half was a dangerous free-kick that hit the wall. In the 32nd minute, Durham’s lead was doubled. The Ryton ‘keeper spilled a free-kick, and after an initial rebound hit the post, Bell was there to slot home from close-range.
A couple of Durham chances came to nothing as the first half came to a close, before they made it three seconds before the break. It came through a headed own goal, and it was a fine headed own goal at that.
Less than a minute into the second half, a ball fell kindly to a Durham player 12 yards from goal but he failed to find the target when finding the corner would have extended Durham’s lead.
Ryton’s number 2 forced a save from the Durham ‘keeper in the 50th minute, before another Ryton effort from 20 yards forced another save.
In the 58th minute, Durham added a fourth. Good football worked the ball into the penalty area where an initial effort hit the crossbar. However, Cornish was there to convert the rebound.
Durham went close again just after the hour mark, but there were to add a fifth in the 74th minute. Jack Powis’ fine run resulted with him cutting in and picking out the far bottom corner.
A fine turn and shot almost made in 6-0 in the 81st minute, but it was six just a minute later. A corner was floated into the penalty area and Laurie rose highest to head home.
Durham’s ‘keeper was forced into a simple save to prevent Ryton after a good move late on, but it truth, the Durham stopper was rarely threatened.
Full-time: Durham University 1sts 6-0 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Next up for me is Easington Colliery vs Billingham Synthonia on Saturday.