Stockton Town FC v Easington Colliery AFC
Stockton Town remain at the top of the Ebac Northern League Division 2 table, following a 2-0 win over Easington Colliery.
The early exchanges saw Stockton dominate possession without really threatening the Easington goal. Easington were happy sit behind the ball and look to hit Stockton on the counter attack. However as the half wore on STockton started to create more chances and Kyle Donaldson in Easingtons goal was the far busier keeper.
Tom Coulthard brought a save from the keeper, then Joe Carter hit the post, Kallum Hannah also made Donaldson save his low shot. Easington were playing on the break and just before the interval they almost snatched the lead, Chris Freeeman broke clear but Liam Jordan in Stocktons goal closed him down quickly and made a brilliant save to turn the ball around the post and send the teams into the interval goal less.
The second half started in the same manner as the first Stockton were looking the likeliest team to score, Tom Coulthard headed Matthew Garbutt’s corner over the bar, Joe Scaife-Wheatley fired straight at the keeper and
it looked like being one of those days as James Crossman and Kallum Hannah brought fine saves from Donaldson.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute, after some great passing down the left had saw the ball delivered right across the goalmouth, Joe Scaife-Wheatley collected, turned the ball past defender Dylan Nesbitt before crossing the ball for Kallum Hannah to head the ball past Donaldson.
The goal forced Easington to play a more attacking game, but chances still fell Stockton’s way Chris Stockton had his shot saved by the keeper, before the second goal arrived in the 84th minute, Marc Stonehouse turned, raced into the box and was tackled by Chris Freeman who brought the striker down, the referee awarded a penalty and booked Freeman, with Freeman already on a yellow card he was sent off.
Tom Coulthard despatched the penalty, Easington with nothing to lose down to 10 men, almost got a late consolation goal, when the ball went right across the face of goal, where Jack Stranger was unmarked, the ball bounced just before the striker the slightest contact would have sent the ball goal wards, but thankfully the ball went past him for a goal kick.