East Harling 1-2 Easton
The first team entertained run-a-way league leader’s Easton on Saturday needing to win to stand any outside chance of catching the visitors at the top of the division.
Team news saw Laws recalled to the starting line-up in place of Bareham whilst Barnett came into the side in the place of Dolan for his first appearance in many months.
There was also a return to the pitch for top goal scorer Charlie Webb and there was a welcomed return to the squad for Scent following a battle with injuries.
The hosts thought they were about to get off to the perfect start when a perfectly weighted Webb flick on found Senior in on goal but the wide man blazed his effort high and wide from 10 yards out.
The miss was to prove costly as only minutes later the visitors took the lead when a near post corner was met by a thumping header from a central defender which left Woodcock no chance.
The home side regrouped and managed to force a number of set pieces in dangerous positions but for the first time this season, their usual quality from dead balls went missing when they needed it the most and every one came to nothing.
A period of fast but scrappy play came upon the game as both teams struggled to settle into any sort of rythym but in this a great chance fell the way of Tarft as he and Webb both broke the offside trap but the young midfielder failed to make the visitors pay as he misjudged the flight of the ball and the away keeper greatfully clutched the ball in his midriff.
Moments before the half the home side had a rare moment of quality as Allin exchanged passes and strode through the visiting midfield and sent Bray through on goal but as the keeper came out the lively winger unfortunately put his shot a long way wide as the half came to a close.
The second half was very similar but with even less moments of quality somehow.
The away side seemed happy to sit deep and soak up pressure and the home side seemed to want to go long at every opportunity which was easily dealt with.
Barnett was replaced by Scent and Dolan was bought on in place of Hobley.
The home side were then caught on a rare counter attack when a defensive error saw Woodcock forced into his only real action by palming out the low finish into the path of the on rushing striker to slam the ball home from close range.
Bareham was then bought on in place of Senior as the home side went ultra attacking for the final moments.
More set pieces then came and went until a Scent corner was bang on the money and Bareham thumped home from close range at the back post amongst a crowd of players.
Laws was then replaced by Senior as the home side moved to a 2-4-4 formation for the final minutes.
There was time for just one more chance as Durrant jinked past a defender in the box but was blocked unbelievably well by a covering midfielder as he looked certain to score from 6 yards out.
In all a poor game with not much quality where the three goals of the game were two set pieces and a defensive error.
Credit to Easton who always take their chances and continue their March to the title however for us unfortunately we chose the wrong game to turn in a sub standard performance.
We thank so many of you for coming to support but on the day we just was not good enough.
We have to move on and get back to winning ways this week away at Wells Town who themselves have found a bit of form of late.
East Harling 1-2 Easton