Friday, 5 December 2014

November 2014

A steady improvement

After the travails of October, November proved a decent month with two wins and a draw, while two games were postponed. The month also saw us participate fully in the Remembrance Weekend, which of course carried extra poignancy this year. Both teams wore the special "Poppies4Kits"-emblazoned shirts and we even accommodated some historical information in the match programme as part of the new #EzRemembersYou project (see separate post).

Saturday 1st November
CML Cup R2
Easington United 1 Newark Town 0
Was it round two or one? Even Richard Lane, the League Press Officer, appeared to get confused. According to the Full-Time site it was Round 2 and this win earned us a third successive home meeting with Belper United.
Given our hiding at the hands of Newark only a fortnight earlier, this win was some turnaround. However, it must be said that The Blues' squad was a shadow of the one that had put six past us in the league and they had enough chances to have made the game safe before super-sub Stefan Hewitt marked his Eastenders debut with a last gasp winner!
Still, a win's a win and this could yet be the kick-start to a successful campaign...
My official match report can be found here with pictures on our Facebook pageThe Newark Town report can be read here.  

Saturday 8th November
CML North Division
Easington United 1 Harworth Colliery 1

A week on and the sting in the tail came at the other end. After 'Fiddy' had given us a first half advantage, we withstood plenty of pressure from the visitors without really giving them a clear chance until succumbing to an injury-time penalty.
Ironically it was an earlier penalty that could have proved decisive, Andy Martin's effort being saved at 0-0. Had we gone in two goals to the good would the visitors have come back?
My match report is here and the Facebook photo album here. Harworth did not produce a report of the game for their website.

Saturday 29th November
CML North Division
Appleby Frodingham 0 Easington United 2

Revenge is a dish best served cold they say and it was pretty bracing at the impressive Brumby Sports Hall as the lads atoned for August Bank Holiday's home capitulation at the hands of today's opponents.
I was left i charge of this one due to Andy and Wilky both being absent. And boy did I enjoy it. 'The Hutch' is back - he only deals in goals y'know! I later termed this the "perfect" away performance i.e. soaked up all the hosts had to offer before suckering them on the counter-attack. And thus our first away win of the season arrived.
My official report is here with the photos in full here. No Appleby Frodingham match report is available. 
It was a good end to an encouraging month.

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