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 Post subject: BILLINGHAM TOWN 2 EASINGTON COLLIERY 1 DCC
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:20 pm 
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DURHAM CHALLENGE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

BILLINGHAM TOWN (1) 2 EASINGTON COLLIERY (1) 1
Beddow 15, Hannah 84 Adamson 43

It may only have been the preliminary round, but this was a proper cup tie - end to end action, missed chances galore and overused woodwork. Town dominated the first half - Easington having the chances in the second to avoid penalty kicks and yet Billinghams quality in the closing stages was enough to see them into the main draw where the likes of South Shields, Gateshead and Spennymoor await. Billingham fielded a strong side although Paul Edwards had to make several changes as the game unfolded with lads playing in irregular positions but still had the wherewithal to see the game out. James Frazer impressed at right back and Lee Moore put in a tenacious performance out on the right wing. There was also a starting debut for ex Thornaby central midfielder Taylor Crainey who scurried and chased the whole ninety minutes. Easington showed enough here to be hopeful they can transfer their recent cup performances into the league.

The opening ten minutes were fairly uneventful but Town took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark. A sweeping move resulted in a Reece Kenney drive which goalkeeper Alexander Lawrence could only parry back towards the danger zone. With several Town players looking to pounce on the rebound there were several claims for a handball and referee James Bancroft agreed. Up stepped Elliott BEDDOW for another strike from the penalty spot. Easington were quick to respond and Lewis McDonald was left stranded on his goal-line when David Southerns shot curled wide of the post. An exquisite home move involving Beddow, Jamie Davis and Craig Hutchinson ended with the in form striker, narrowly missing the target. The end to end action continued and McDonald had to be alert in keeping out Liam Adamsons gilt edged chance inside the box. Town then had three excellent chances to put the tie out of Easington’s reach. Beddow, clean on goal was unlucky to see his finish cannon back off the post - Lawrence palmed away Moore’s strike and Hutchinson struck the crossbar from twenty yards out. However, the Collierymen finished the half on the front foot: Joesph Hassanin got on the end of Lawrence’s upfield punt but saw his effort drift wide when in a good position to equalise. And just before half time the visitors did find an equaliser. Simon Todd’s corner kick was headed on towards the back post and Adamson side volleyed into the net. Initially, there was a suspicion of offside but video evidence suggested otherwise.

On resumption, Easington were quickest out of the blocks - McDonald having to dive to his right to keep out Hassanin stinging drive. Town should have regained the lead when Hutchinson somehow missed the target despite Kallum Hannah laying the ball on a plate. Back at the other end, Hasanins bad luck continued with an effort hitting the crossbar. Southern headed wide from close range and Josh Home-Jackson fired wide after some indecision in defence. This was hectic stuff! Then some controversy!! Hutchinson thought he had scored a potential winner after Beddow managed an eye of a needle threaded pass but referee Bancroft inexplicably decided to chalk off the goal for offside even though the assistant referee kept his flag down. And that decision could have irked the home supporters further if Southern had beaten McDonald with a close range strike but the keeper did superbly to make a brave save. As is often the case with Billlingham - if there is a will there is a way and they found a winner with six minutes remaining. Kris Summers searching ball forward allowed Hutchinson to hold up play deep inside Easington territory: the forward finding enough space to lay the ball across for Hannah who turned, and fired into the bottom corner. A tie that could have gone either way but it’s Billlingham Town who continue another cup run.

Town: McDonald, Flounders, Dixon (Hogan), Crainey, J Frazer, Summers, Moore (c), Kenney (Poole), Hutchinson, Davis, Beddow. Unused: M Frazer, Wilson.

Easington: Lawrence, Ball, Ashton (Mitchell), Todd, Garside, McGoldrick, Hassanin, Turnbull, Southern, Home-Jackson, Adamson. Unused: Lincoln-Barrow, Proctor, Dougall, Hope.



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