East Harling 5-4 Easton
The first team were back in action for the first time in a fortnight following last week’s postponed fixture at table toppers Martham.
Easton were the visiting team at Church Road on Saturday and another tough game expected after the two sides played out a 3-3 draw at Easton College in December.
The away side were very quick out of the blocks and soon went ahead when the leagues top scorer charged down a clearance from the Greens back line to perfectly execute a lob over Goodwin to make it 0-1.
8 minutes gone and the away side doubled their advantage when a deep cross was headed home by the visiting central defender to complete the worst possible start for the hosts at 0-2.
As the hosts tried desperately to find a way back into the game it soon became scrappy with much of the game being played in the middle of the pitch.
The breakthrough for the hosts came in the 22nd minute when front man Nathan Rose was fouled on the edge of the box. Up stepped youngster Tarft to curl a wonderful effort into the corner of the net to make it 1-2.
12 minutes later it got even better for the home side when a Morris corner was bundled home at the near post by Johnson for 2-2.
Senior and Savage begun to link up very well down the left hand side as the home side finished the half the stronger but with no further goals.
The second half started how the first half ended with a very even contest and the game looked destined to be settled by a set piece or a mistake from one side.
Rose was then replaced by Holt.
The 5th goal of the game was scored by a set piece as expected. A long free kick was superbly glanced in past Goodwin via the head of Eastons main man for his second goal of the day.
Back came the Greens though and when Johnson chased onto a lost cause and rescued the ball from crossing the line with a committed slide tackle it eventually came to Holt who layed in Senior to place home for 3-3.
In the 71st minute the Greens took the lead for the first time in the game when great passing in the midfield set Tarft on his way to goal but was upended in the box. The referee awarded a penalty and the confident youngster slotted home the spot kick with ease to make it 4-3.
The joy was shortlived as the home side suffered a nightmare few minutes.
First, the leagues top scorer slotted home his hat trick from the penalty spot after he was bundled over in the box before the same player managed to get away from greens skipper Durrant who picked up his second yellow and his marching orders for a trip outside the box.
Assistant manager Sivier was then bought on in place of Johnson as the home side changed shape.
Against all odds, the pendulum swung back the other way for the hosts.
A mazy run from debutant Savage was halted by a foul just inside the away sides half.
The free kick was taken and when vice captain Bareham received the ball from Senior, his attempted cross to Holt eventually found Morris on the edge of the penalty area.
The experienced midfielder found space for a shot which was well blocked the ricochet found its way to man of the match Bareham to finish past the visiting keeper in the 93rd minute to spark wild celebrations and hand all 3 points to the 10 man greens.
A superb win for all involved as the first team moved back upto top of the league with 3 very tough away games up next.
Well done all!!!……..
East Harling 5-4 Easton