Easton 1-3 East Harling
The first team made the short journey to Easton College on Saturday looking to avenge the defeat suffered at Church Road only a few weeks back. If they were to return home with all 3 points they would have to become the first team to take points off the league leader’s at their own ground this season.
Team news saw Scent start his first game in several weeks in place of the suspended Morris in the only change from last week’s win over Fakenham Town in the Norfolk Junior Cup.
On a bitterly cold day the visitors started the game with the wind at their backs but started the slower of the two teams.
The visitors were dealt a big setback as early as the 6th minute when top scorer Webb had to be replaced by Bray due to a slight knee injury.
Moments later the home side were on the attack when the ball was cut back perfectly following a good passing move but the first time shot saw Woodcock produce a quality stop to keep his side in it.
The save seemed to swing the tide a little and Tarft bought the best out of the home keeper with a stinging drive that was brilliantly tipped over the bar.
Senior then hit the post from a tight angle before a Scent corner seemed to be missed by everyone as it was just crying out for a touch.
The away side finally took the lead in fortuitous circumstances as a good passage of play resulted in Tarft galloping away down the right before seeing his cross palmed in at the near post by the keeper.
The visitors never really looked back from that moment and continued to work hard in looking for a 2nd goal. It came a few minutes before the half time whistle as Senior broke away again down the left to lay in Dolan who’s shot was well saved but Bray was on hand to slam home high into the net from 6 yards.
The second half started much the same as the first ended with the away side in the ascendancy. They should have got a third when great play released Tarft into a one on one with the keeper but was denied by a decent stop before Barnett fired just wide and Durrant snatched a loose ball from a corner to also put it wide.
The home side then sent a reminder that they were still in the game thanks to the host of missed chances as the substitute smashed the crossbar from 50 yards and Woodcock had to be alert to keep out the rebound.
Back came the away side and Senior raced clear of the high line but saw his one on one well stopped whilst Dolan missed a guilt edged chance from 6 yards when he put a Bray ball well wide as somehow the score remained the same.
Bareham then came on in place of Dolan.
Against the run of play the home side found themselves back in the game as the substitute again hit a very clean ball after seizing on a poor clearance only to this time see the ball thump the back of the net via a post from 35 yards out.
Allin then had to be replaced by Dunkinson after being on the receiving end of a reckless challenge.
With the wind now behind them the visitors were readying for a final onslaught but it didn’t come. It was in fact the visitors who would go on to get the next goal when good football released the lively Bray who squared the ball inside for Senior to slot home into the bottom corner despite the keeper getting a touch on the ball.
In all a superb away performance from the greens to build on the terrific display last week to reach the cup final.
Next up is a tough game at relegation threatened Acle Utd Reserves at Bridewell Lane as we look to continue the good results…..
Well done all…….
Easton 1-3 East Harling