Thursday, 22 May 2014

March 2014

The good news was that March proved a full month of fixtures with no interruptions from the weather; the bad news was that we failed to pick up a solitary win from any of them!
Still, a month that began with a heavy home defeat at the hands of Bentley Colliery at least ended on something of a high – the return of a couple of old favourites in time to help secure a point at Phoenix...

Saturday 1st March
CML North Division
Easington United 1 Bentley Colliery 4


The previous season’s meeting with Bentley had seen us come out on the right end of an amazing 8-5 scoreline.  Unfortunately, it would be our visitors who returned to the home of the best pies in the league with the points, as we failed to build on the promise of the previous Saturday’s hard-earned point at Sherwood.
Making the afternoon even more disappointing was that the game marked Andy G’s first game in charge following The Sumo’s midweek resignation due to increased work and other commitments.
The official match report can be found here.
The Facebook pictures can be found here (Burt) and here (Craig).

Saturday 8th March
CML North Division
Easington United 3 Askern 3


To my disappointment, I’d missed the away game – and new ground tick - at Askern just prior to Christmas.  I’m glad I didn’t miss this one as both teams served up a very entertaining six-goal thriller...and a decent case of handbags as well!  Unfortunately, failure to kill the game off meant our winless run went on...
The official match report can be found here.
The Facebook pictures can be found here (Burt) and here (Craig).

Sunday 9th March
FA Cup Round 6
Hull City 3 Sunderland 0

An FA Cup quarter-final in Hull and only 16,000 home fans bothering to see it Рjust how bad is that? As my brother-in-law said to me beforehand, have City fans really become so blas̩ about success; surely not?
As it was, the large Mackems travelling support helped contribute to a decent atmosphere and by the end of the game the Younger Slushette had extended her winning run with the Tigers to three games in which City have score 13 goals and conceded none!
A fan's view of the game comes from City Independent's Ian Waterson as part of a decent piece run in the Hull Daily Mail prior to the Final.
In addition, Amber Nectar carried it's own fine report, while a national perspective was given by Louise Taylor in The Guardian.
As for me, I decided to buy a little reminder of a magic moment...


 Saturday 15th March
CML North Division
AFC Mansfield 4 Easington United 0

Hmm, perhaps not the first choice of match with which to tie-in my birthday (two days earlier) but for 40 minutes it promised to be one of those proper “I was there...” moments.  That’s because one of the youngest line-ups ever fielded at First Team level had more than held their title-chasing hosts.  Indeed we’d actually enjoyed the better chances.  Then the Bulls scored.  After the break they soon added a second and that was about that.
The official match report can be found here.
AFC Mansfield’s report (with pictures) can be found here.
The Facebook pictures can be found here.

Saturday 22nd March
CML North Division
Easington United 2 Newark Town 5

Newark were another team whose first visit to the ‘Humber Riviera’ attracted a decent away following but was also marked by one of the most miserable days of the season weather-wise!  Still, the visitors returned to Nottinghamshire buoyed by a victory that was all-too-easy for Andy Graham’s liking.
The official match report can be found here.
Newark’s report (with pictures) can be found here.
The Facebook pictures can be found here.

Saturday 29th March
CML North Division
Phoenix 2 Easington United 2

The return of a couple of familiar faces (as part of six deadline day signings completed by AG) helped inspire us to a fine away point at Brinsworth, especially given that the lads were forced to come from two down to do it.
The noise from the nearby New York Stadium, where Rotherham United were edging nearer to a League One play-off place, made for a slightly surreal pitch-side atmosphere.  Meanwhile, the choice of three hand-pulled ales in the clubhouse helped maintain this venue as one of my favourite on the calendar (I opted for Barnsley Bitter and Pheasantry PA).  
The official match report can be found here.
The Facebook pictures can be found here.


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