With no game scheduled for the 13th December and the Yuletide game at Westella always looking susceptible to bad weather, December was something of a truncated month for the first team. Just two games were played, with 'Hutch' grabbing a hat-trick in both but only the result of the second going in our favour. Lack of fixture on the second Saturday at least enabled me to take in a second Reserves game this season. And although also ending in defeat, it again reinforced why the decision to reduce our number this term was the correct one.
Saturday, 6th December
Easington United 3 Askern 6
Coming on the back of the first away win of the season, we were all pretty confident leading in to the Askern game and this despite being without both Sam (hamstring) and Frosty (away). With Hutch scoring early to cap a promising start, such confidence appeared well-placed. However, Askern had obviously not read the script and by the time Hutch capped his hat-trick with two excellent strikes in the space of three second half minutes, the Doncaster-based visitors were 5-1 up! Hutch's goals promised a grandstand finale but it was the visitors who added the final goal of the game in injury-time.
Prior to kick-off, photographer Colin Brammer captured the two teams' photo for the #FootballRemembers initiative.
My "official" report of the game can be read here and Colin's pictures can be found here. The pics can also be viewed on our Facebook page.
Saturday, 13th December
ERCFL Division 2Easington United Reserves 1 Haltemprice 5
My only previous viewing of the Reserves had seen them fall to a 1-5 home defeat at the hands of title favourites West Hull Amateurs. Despite the result it was a game the Stiffs were in right up until the latter stages and one they could take a fair amount of encouragement from. This was not too dissimilar.
Trailing 0-1 at the break and then coming right back into things at 1-3, the locals eventually paid for missed chances at one end and costly mistakes at the other.
But, hey, this is virtually a "new" team and games like this are all part of the learning curve. Despite it being a fourth successive defeat in the league there are no panic buttons being pressed yet.
Saturday, 20th December
Easington United 6 Thorne Colliery 0
I hate the last Saturday game before Christmas and dread the fixture list coming out in case it gives us an away trip. Ever since the mauling at Sculcoates back in the HPL days, I've come to see 'Mad Friday' as one of the big curses on the calendar!
Thankfully, this year saw us handed a home game, meaning a journey of some distance to any team but Westella...and they'd already been. The counter-attraction of the Slushette's Christmas Dance Show at nearby Withernsea meant I was due to miss much of the first half but thankfully Thorne Colliery's travel problems ensured that this didn't become a problem. Their late arrival at the Farm meant the game was kicking off just as I ambled through the gate at about twenty past two.
And as it turned out, there perhaps couldn't have been a better way to sign off for Christmas than this, a biggest win of the season against a team who'd given us a bit of a doing for much of the recent meeting at their place.
The official match report can be found here and the Facebook pictures page here (shots kindly taken by Craig Stephenson - bloody hundreds of 'em!).
Sunday, 28th December
Hull City 0 Leicester City 1
I "called" this game beforehand and yet still went, even though I knew I would end up being disappointed. All the signs were there beforehand - the win at Sunderland two days' earlier that had most City fans thinking of a nine-point gap between themselves and their Sunday opponents come the end of 2014; the fact that Panto Villain Pearson's Foxes hadn't won in ages; and even the fact that the Younger Slushette sacked this game off in favour of an afternoon at her Gran's.
And of course we lost. And we lost in the cruellest manner possible - from the visitors' only real shot of note all game. Meanwhile the home attack - which included for the second half £10m striker Abel Hernandez - proceeded to miss at least half-a-dozen glorious openings.
In short it was what is known as a #TypicalCity day.