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Ascot United 1 Royal Wootton Bassett 1
Ascot United threw the kitchen sink at Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday but it wasn’t enough to win their final home league game of the season. Bassett had taken a one-nil lead into the interval, but substitute Luqman Kassim changed the game after his introduction to bag the all-important equaliser.

The hosts were presented with their team of the month award for December at half-time, and in true team-of-the-month style, had not won a league match since beating Longlevens just before the new year. Indeed, the omens looked ominous again at half time as the visitors had weathered the home side’s pressure, scored, and looked increasingly threatening.

Before that, Garry Aulsberry had palmed Callum Carlisle’s looping header away at full stretch to keep Ascot out, before scrambling across his line to smother Dan price’s deflected effort on the half hour after Usman Lalustani had cut back onto his right and crossed. However, from Aulsberry’s long clearance, Nick Stanley capitalised on a weak defensive header to plant a left-footed volley past debutant ‘keeper Joe Whiter and into the bottom right. Brad Pagliaroli then wriggled clear to cross for Elias Youcliff, who headed straight at Whiter, before the same Bassett players reversed roles when Pagliaroli’s shot was smothered by Whiter after Youcliffe had turned provider.

In the second half, The Yellamen mounted wave after wave of attack. Sheridan Campbell shot over after 58 minutes, but moments later he was on hand to flick on Geoff Kibaki’s cross, and Kassim nipped in to stab the ball over Aulsberry and in off the underside of the bar. Bassett would fire a couple of warning shots of their own – Stanley lobbing onto the roof of the net and Pagliaroli thumping the left-hand post, but from then on it was all Ascot.

Lamin Sankoh’s long-range strike was brilliantly tipped wide by Aulsberry after 72 minutes, man-of-the match Carlisle went close with two headers and Price came within inches of scoring, but the visitors continued to thwart the hosts. Jonny Denton then wasted a chance with a late free-kick over the crossbar, before Kassim surged forwards and forced Aulsberry into yet another save – this time with his feet in added time.

There was still time for Aulsberry to deny Kassim once again, before Bassett almost landed the ultimate sucker punch in the fourth minute of stoppage time only for Dan Lachacz to fire over after substitute Ben Paul had threaded him in.

Ascot United: Whiter, Lock, Haworth, Denton, Carlisle, Laflin, Kibaki, Sankoh (Regragui), Campbell (Walters), Price, Lalustani (Kassim). Subs unused: Ellis, Carey, Regragui

Ascot United 1 Royal Wootton Bassett 1 (report by Arthur Strand)
For the last home League game, Ascot United, hosted Royal Wootton Bassett although there is a Cup match at home with Wantage. Sheridan Canpbell was the first to break through forAscot early but with no joy and, as Ascot returned, Geoff Kibaki managed to force a corner kick which Garry Aulsberry, Wootton's keeper, dealt with. A clash of both number sevens, Elias Youseff fouling Geoff Kibaki, put a free kick Ascot's way, taken by Jonny Denton. Lewis Sankoh and Harry Laflin made some progress but Aulsberry prevented any success and Kibaki collected the ball, making ground up to the corner flag and forcing a corner kick. Ascot pressed but Wootton blocked, thus escaping temporarily from potential danger and mounting a counter attack. This saw Wootton take a corner kick but the following shot was quite tame and Joe Whiter had little problem saving. Ascot then moved forward but this broke down in mid-field and a free kick to Wootton. It was Dan Price who led Ascot on the next recce, switching the ball to the opposite wing but some tackling and close chances of possession found Wootton come away with the ball, although play stopped for a free kick by Steve Yeardley sent the ball to Youcliffe whose shot was blocked by Ascot's defence. From a free kick Ascot gained a corner, taken by Jonny Denton who took the second corner. Wootton forged upfield and Whiter ended up with the ball. Then Geoff Kibaki took on three Wootton players, battling through, winning back the ball several times but finally losing out to the last of the three. That was a fine example which occurred several times throughout the game. More pressure from Ascot led to the ball going to Dan Price at the back of the crowd and with time to strike at Wootton's goal but the shot lacked power and, deflected, Aulsberry managed to grab the ball and defenders cleared the lines, the first header from Callum Carlisle having been punched out by Aulsberry. Unexpected and against the run of general play, the ball went forward with only two defenders in full-back position and Nick Stanley was gifted the ball from a poorly placed header back and lashed the ball into the back of the net on 31 minutes. The free kick to Ascot after a yellow card went direct to Aulsberry and Wootton moved back into Ascot territory. Whiter next collected a header as Wootton had found the space at the other end. The visitors then countered again but Stanley was flagged off side. Brad Pagliaroli, set at the back of the crowd in Ascot's area. took a shot at goal but straight to Whiter. Two more free kicks as Wootton conceded a free kick from which Kibaki went on a wing sprint again but Wootton broke free and took a corner kick which produced nothing but a header over the top of the crossbar. As half time approached Kibaki went up to the other end on a winger's sprint, courtesy of good passing by George Lock and Jonny Denton. Wootton then conceded a corner.

After the break, Ascot took a free kick and were going well until an indifferent pass never reached its intended recipient but sooner rather than later, Ascot regained possession and Aulsberry clutched the ball lobbed high. Ascot soon took a corner and Aulsberry took the ball at the far post. Getting the ball back, Jonny Denton cracked it .from distance just over the crossbar. Following a yellow card to the goal scorer, Stanley, Ascot's free kick made no ground but Campbell also put the ball over Aulsberry's crossbar a few minutes later. On the hour, substitute Luqman Kassim who had already made his presence felt from the half time break, was supplied by George Lock via Campbell and found space to knock the ball into goal. This evened up the scoreline. Ascot had to defend a move by Wootton Bassett along the flank but a skillful overhead kick by an alert Ascot defender removed the danger and Ascot continued to seek a winner. Another counter attack by Wootton saw Stanley land the ball on top of Whiter's net then Carlisle made a crucial tackle in Ascot's area but emerged with the ball at his feet and his rival on the turf. One of the best tackles in defence that I've seen this season. Wootton came back and Brad Pagliaroli took a shot at Whiter's goal which hit the upright with a resounding thud. The visitors plugged away but Ascot kept on top although they conceded free kicks and some disciplined defending by Wootton kept Ascot at bay for a while. A series of fine passing by Ascot but was eventually blocked by opposition defenders followed by a long range shot by Lamin Sankoh forced a commendable save from Garry Aulsberry. The ensuing corner kick failed to add to the score and play switched to Ascot's end which looked ominous to the home defenders, James Haworth being able to make a vey crucial legitimate tackle. Callum Carlisle missed an effort at the far post by a whisker and subs were using their fresh legs although Jonny Denton also missed. After Kibaki was injured, Ascot piled on pressure with free kicks and another effort over the bar. The ball was going in and out of the Wootton box and another free kick to Ascot was punched clear by Aulsberry and the next phase he fumbled the ball conceding a corner and Aulsberry also punched the ball out of the area. The last effort was by Dan Lachacz which sailed over Whiter's cross bar. A competitive game that was played in a good spirit.

Brackley Town Saints 2 Wantage Town  3
Saints were edged out by Wantage after a thrilling encounter at St James Park and which sees them drop to fifth place in what has become a highly competitive run in for league honours. Saints started brightly and James Hammond and Josh Bowden combined well just outside the box. Hammond took the ball on but his rising shot was just too high. Soon after George Ball got a shot away but without unduly troubling Curtis Meare in the Wantage goal. 

However Wantage were looking lively up front and creating chances and Mark Flanagan fired a Steve Robertson pull back over on 8 minutes, and Nick Thorne had a weak tenth minute shot comfortably claimed by Ali Worby at his near post. Saints were caught cold on 14 minutes following another good strike from George Ball which was well held by Meare. The keepers’ quickly found Jack Dunmall just inside the Brackley half and, spotting Worby out on the edge of his area fired home from about 40 yards out to give Wantage the lead. 

Saints found themselves on the back foot and Wantage had chances to double their advantage. Robertson then came close to stabbing the ball past Worby from a Dunmall through ball on 24 minutes, and four minutes later Dunmall reached the goal-line but his pull back didn’t clear Worby with Ben Cook waiting unmarked in the six yard area. Wantage were often dangerous from throw-ins and Robertson neatly controlled a Flanagan throw-in on 36 minutes turned neatly and got his shot away. Worby was alert and quickly down to save. 

Brackley’s equaliser came on 38 minutes after Brad Cox conceded a free kick on the corner of the area, with James Watts precise delivery finding the towering Olly Goddard who picked his spot to head home. Saints had equalised against the run of play, but could not hold on to parity for long when four minutes later, again following a series of throw-ins James Watts’ clearance from just outside the 6 yard box was charged down by Dunmall and the ricochet off of his shins found the bottom corner of the net with Worby unable to react. A really fortunate goal. 

Brackley started the second half in the ascendency and following a corner Meare did really well to bravely block at the feet of Goddard. But Wantage quickly broke to the other end with Thorne slipping past Worby but his shot to the open goal was a little weak and Harry Brock was able to get back to retrieve the situation with a tremendous clearance off the line. The game was very open and on 53 minutes George Ball’s effort was matched by Meare who made another good save. Ball’s follow up shot was blocked by Brad Cox. Ten minutes later Robertson nearly profited from a corner as Worby came and missed, but his effort was blocked by the covering defender on the far post. 

Saints were looking far more fluent and on 65 minutes another good passing move ended with Knight putting over a great cross but Watts was unable to get his header on target. Two minutes later Flanagan blocked another George Ball effort at the near post. On 70 minutes the linesman appeared to miss an obvious offside decision, however James Hammond played on and put in a perfect cross to the unmarked Jordan Godfrey but yet again Meare was sharply off his line to make another point-blank save. Wantage nearly sealed it on 79 minutes when Connor Mattimore combined well with Robertson whose crisp shot came back off the post with Worby beaten. 

Brackley continued to press and on 87 minutes a quick break ended with Jordan Godfrey’s excellent pass volleyed on target by George Ball, but again the shot was well blocked by the Wantage defenders. Saints re-circulated the ball and Josh Bowden laid it back to James Watt who got his shot away. The shot flew wide but Ryan Markham took Watts out with a late tackle and was promptly shown a straight red card. The free kick was central and circa 5 yards outside the box. George Ball perfectly flighted his free-kick over the wall and found the top corner. It seemed that the tide had turned and perhaps Saints had the momentum and 2/3 minutes to snatch victory. 

However two minutes into stoppage time Worby misplaced his pass when playing out from the back. Robertson could not believe his luck and he rolled the ball into the net to steal the points and to break Saints hearts. 

Saints will be bitterly disappointed not to have taken something from the game given the circumstances. That is taking nothing away from Wantage who were on top for periods of the game, and particularly in the first half had a number of chances to have killed the game off. However this young Saints team are resilient, and they never stop trying. Arguably they were unlucky and deserved something from the game. One of the Wantage goals was a freak, and one the result of an error from a player that has not put a foot wrong so far this season. So heads up and on to the next game. Abingdon Utd at St James Park on Wednesday 6th March KO7-45pm.   

Brackley Town Saints 2 Wantage Town  3 (away view) 
Wantage edged a thrilling encounter at third placed Brackley to remain in second spot and open up a four point gap over the three teams below them. And it keeps them nicely tucked in behind leaders Brimscombe who are six points ahead but having played three games more. 

The home side started brightly and both James Hammond and the lively George Ball had early range-finders go close without unduly troubling Curtis Meare.  But Wantage were soon on the front foot and Mark Flanagan fired a Steve Robertson pull back over on 8 minutes, and Nick Thorne had a weak tenth minute shot comfortably claimed by Ali Worby at his near post. 

George Ball had another strike held by Meare on 14 minutes, but the keepers’ quick release found Jack Dunmall just a few yards inside the Brackley half and, spotting Worby out on the edge of his area fired home form about 40 yards out to give Wantage the lead.  Robertson then came close to stabbing the ball past Worby from a Dunmall through ball on 24 minutes but was stretching to reach it and couldn’t get the contact needed.  And four minutes later Dunmall reached the goal-line but his pull back didn’t clear Worby with Ben Cook waiting unmarked in the six yard area, as Wantage tried to profit from their dominance.  Robertson nearly snuck one in at the near post as he received a Flanagan throw-in on 36 minutes and managed to turn when there seemed no room to do so, but Worby was quickly down to save. 

Brackley’s equaliser came on 38 minutes after Brad Cox conceded a free kick on the corner of the area, George Ball’s precise delivery finding the towering Olly Goddard who picked his spot to head home, much against the run of play.  But Wantage restored their lead four minutes later, Dunmall blocking a James Watts’ clearance with the rebound finding the bottom corner of the net with Worby unable to react. A tad fortuitous maybe, but no more than Wantage deserved on their first half showing. 

Robertson nearly increased the lead a minute from the interval, but the offside flag had been raised for some time before he found the net, leaving Wantage to turn around one to the good.  With Brackley attacking down the slope they started the second half brightly and Flanagan was called into action to block a quick break down the wing at the expense of a corner. Meare was then on hand on 50 minutes to make one of several crucial saves, blocking at the feet of Goddard as Brackley looked to get back into the game. 

Wantage broke quickly from that, and Robertson’s pass saw Nick Thorne round the keeper and slide the ball goalwards, only for Harry Brock to make a tremendous clearance off the line to prevent Wantage’s third.  Brackley were again on the attack on 53 minutes, George Ball’s effort being blocked again by Meare, and the Cox was on hand to block the follow-up shot from the impressive number seven. 

Ten minutes later Robertson nearly profited from a corner as Worby came and missed, but his effort was blocked by the covering defender on the far post.  Brackley scorned the opportunity to level on 65 minutes as an unchallenged Watts rose, but his header was comfortably over the bar, and two minutes later Flanagan blocked another George Ball effort at the near post.  And the hosts nearly capitalised on a suspect offside decision as a Wantage clearance hit a Brackley player before re-bounding to a suspiciously offside looking colleague, but there was no flag and after the ball was crossed to the unmarked Jordan Godfrey it took another point-blank stop from Meare to preserve the lead. 

With 11 minutes of normal time left Connor Mattimore did well to work an opening for Robertson, but the latter’s strike came back off the post with Worby beaten. Then in the 87th minute the game seemed to turn Brackley’s way as Ryan Markham tried to block a Watts shot but late to the party and took the man instead to earn a straight red card. By the time Watts was up again it was bang on the 90 when George Ball’s perfectly placed free-kick found the top corner of the net from 25 yards out. 

Wantage would have probably settled for a point at this stage, but were gifted the winner two minutes into stoppage time with Worby, as he had been throughout the game, playing sweeper-keeper ten yards outside his area. This time he was caught out as a misplaced pass found Robertson who’s not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and he rolled the ball into the unguarded net. 

A crucial win for Wantage, and deserved over the game as a whole, albeit with Lady Luck smiling kindly on them.  The two sides meet again on Tuesday week in the third round of the Floodlit Cup, and then again in the return league encounter two weeks after that. 

Brackley Town Saints: Alastair Worby (c), Sam Ball, Harry Brock, Jack Carter, Oliver Goddard, Scott Whitmore (Jordan Godfrey 70), George Ball, James Watts (Joshua Ireland 93), Joshua Bowden, James Hammond, Ryan Knight. Subs n/u: Charlie Kille, Matthew Woods, Curtis Green 

Wantage Town: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer, Mark Flanagan, Matt Cheetham (Callum Wright 74), Chris Jackson (c), Brad Cox, Ben Cook (Dan Sadler 85), Ryan Markham, Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall (Connor Mattimore 64), Nick Thorne. Sub n/u: Ben Sadler 

Tuffley Rovers 1 Bishops Cleeve 1
Tuffley Rovers v Bishops Cleeve - 2 March 2019 Photo courtesy of Brian Rossiter @BrianRossiter1Boosted by two large home wins during the second half of February, Rovers were looking to inflict further misery on the first Glevum Park visitors in March. Bishops Cleeve, anxious to re-claim the Southern League status they had lost at the end of the previous season, arrived in Gloucester in 4th place in the table but with enough games in hand on the current league-leaders to believe that they could still make a serious push for promotion. Cleeve’s recent form over a six-game period was the third-best in the division and they already had eight away wins to look back on, a total only bettered by Brimscombe & Thrupp and Brackley Town Saints, but Tuffley would be no pushovers on their own ground having taken 13 valuable league points from the last 27 available after looking to be in a really perilous position at the turn of the year. The hosts would also be keen to avenge a narrow 2-1 defeat at Kayte Lane towards the end of November, one of many matches during the first half of the season when the final result was a harsh reflection of the performance given.

There was a time not so long ago when Rovers would have seen a home draw as a point won, but such has been their revival since the end of December that they can only see this as two points lost given the very late equaliser they conceded in the final moments of this entertaining, if sometimes feisty, encounter with their county rivals from only a few miles away. Those rivals were good value for their point because they didn’t allow a freak goal against them to disrupt their attacking ambitions and although their equaliser was very late on it came at the end of a period of concerted pressure and it would have been most unfortunate and undeserved if they had taken nothing from a game which was always simmering, as local derbies often are, but never quite boiled over into something the match-officials might have struggled to control. The match started in blustery conditions with dark clouds above threatening rain that never actually came. The visitors kicked off playing away from the dressing-rooms end and as early as the second minute Harrison Iddles had a half-chance when he escaped his marker to meet a cross from the right but dragged his shot wide. Then, Adam Mace’s free-kick from the left was headed narrowly over the home goal by Jordan Staten.

Tuffley Rovers v Bishops Cleeve - 2 March 2019 Courtesy of Brian Rossiter @BrianRossiter1Bishops Cleeve saw a lot of the ball in the first half and Rovers were struggling to put attacking moves together because they were crowded out in midfield, so the service to their front men was quite limited. The quick, incisive passing which had been such a strong feature of the previous two home games was absent and Tuffley’s diminutive forward players were struggling to get the better of much taller opponents. It was fifteen minutes before the hosts fashioned anything really creative. Tyreece Briscoe’s perfectly-lofted pass sent Will Dawes racing towards the visitors’ goal but he could only shoot wide although he was being put under extreme pressure by defenders trying to keep pace with him. Iddles was seeing plenty of the ball for Cleeve and had a couple more shots that were off target and Jack Watts also missed the goal with a shot from distance following a throw-in on the left. The game’s first big talking-point came as the half-hour mark approached. Paul Carter went straight through Iddles near the touchline leaving the forward writhing on the ground. A card was inevitable for this reckless challenge; on another day, the Rovers midfielder might have seen a red, but on this occasion only a yellow card was brandished.

Jack Watts limped off injured but although he came back on a couple of minutes later but it was clear that he was still struggling and he would soon be replaced by Kevin Slack. Just before the interval Rovers were awarded a free-kick in a central position following a foul on Dawes. Kieran Alder, who has had great success this season with free-kicks from just this sort of range, stepped up but his fierce effort cleared Clayton’s crossbar by a foot or so. Rovers elected to start the second period with Luke Troke coming on for Carter and began to see more of the ball, winning several free-kicks and corners, although none of which came to anything. The Mitres were still looking dangerous on the break though and Luke Merchant had to race to the edge of his area to head the ball away from the dangerous Brad Martin.

When Rovers moved forward again, visiting captain Staten was cautioned for bringing down the lively Adam Bloomfield, before Troke sent Alder through only to see Clayton make a fine save with his legs. Shortly after, Iddles was injured and replaced by Ieuan Crowe; almost immediately followed by Jake Rhodes’ coming on for Bloomfield, as the home team tried to find a different way of making the breakthrough. After the match had passed its three-quarters point, Rovers won a free-kick near the halfway-line on the right. Luke Payne launched it high towards the visitors’ penalty-area; Clayton came for it but seemed unsure whether to catch or punch. In the end he did neither because after his fingers had touched the ball it looped up in the air and dropped behind him into the net. Payne raised his arms celebration but it will be credited as an own-goal because of the goalkeeper’s indecision and unfortunate, but significant touch on the ball.

Ashley Bird then came on for Warren Mann as Rovers went for a killer second goal and it nearly arrived when another beautifully-struck Alder free-kick clipped the crossbar on its way over. Cleeve made their final change bringing on Lee Llewellyn for Ashley Davies, but they were still more patient than desperate as they chased an equalising goal. A dangerous cross from the right was headed out for a corner by Joel White and when Mace’s corner came in Merchant made a stunning save from a close-range header by Slack to concede another corner on the other side. From this the ball fell nicely, again for Slack, but he lashed his shot high over the Rovers’ goal. Cleeve kept coming but with 90 minutes gone it looked as if Rovers would hold on for another crucial home win, until Crowe whipped a dangerous cross in and it fell to another substitute, Slack, and he controlled the ball carefully before driving it past Merchant with a crisp, left-footed shot. Soon after the re-start, the final whistle went. Cleeve moved above Brackley Town Saints, into third place; Rovers stay in 16th but in a marginally safer state because other results had gone their way on this day.

One East

Woodley United 2 Chalvey Sports 3 
United went into their home fixture with Chalvey Sports looking to halt a run of fixtures that has seen them lose four out of their last five. Going into the break three goals down, Woodley rallied in the second half but were only able to pull two goals back. 

The half started with both sides creating chances from corners. A low delivery by United captain Teddy Thomas picked out Leon Mannion who had his goal-bound effort headed clear from practically the goal line. At the other end Chalvey took the lead on four minutes when Jason Marney turned in a left wing delivery at the near post. After going ahead, Chalvey went on to dominate the half and nearly doubled their lead in the next attack when Bryan Taylor hit the right post from twenty yards. The same player then saw his ambitious effort from out on the right land on the roof of the net. 

The hosts were struggling to create much; right back Freddie Barron saw his cross gathered at the near post by Liam Nash in the away goal whilst an Adam Barnard free kick was cleared to Mannion who missed the target with a difficult chance. In between those opportunities Taylor showed excellent technique to test Tom Bryant in the Woodley goal from just outside the box. Eight minutes before the break, the away side increased their advantage when Tom Jansons’ effort found the top left corner from the edge of the box. Bryant was then called into action to tip over a powerful shot by Taylor before Chalvey got a third on forty one minutes when Richard Jeffrey netted after United couldn’t clear a right wing corner. 

Woodley started the second half well. A nice move ended with a Mannion shot from the right saved. Seven minutes after the restart United were given a lifeline when Max Laschok was bought down in the box. Jon Malone took the resultant penalty, sending Nash the wrong way with a strike into the right corner. Moments after pulling one back a well struck shot from Sam Wood from the left forced Nash into a good save. 

The home side made a substitution on sixty three minutes when Ben Clark returned from a lengthy spell out injured to replace Wood.  A further change was made four minutes later when Thomas made way for Chace Jewell. This also saw a change in formation to 3-5-2.  The match then entered a very scrappy period with lots of stoppages in play as the tackles started to fly in and neither keeper was troubled. Woodley made their final substitution with five minutes to go when Liam Wilson came on for Laschok. United ended the game with their best spell of the match. Mannion saw his header miss to the right following a Wilson cross. A fantastic ball by Harry Hawkins found Barron, who in turn picked out Mannion, who couldn’t test Nash whilst Barron had an effort saved. With the game in added time, Pele Hagger did well to block a powerful Jansons’ shot before an own goal gave Woodley a consolation after a green shirt turned into his own net a Jewell cross from the right. 

One West

Easington Sports 0 Malmesbury Victoria 1 
Joe Coleman (Easington) started to control the midfield Photo courtesy of Edwin Barson @ebarsonphotoEasington failed to cancel out the early goal scored by Malmesbury Victoria and as a result suffered their second successive defeat at home in the Hellenic Division. In blustery conditions Sports found it hard to create chances against a very physical Wiltshire side that defended well limiting Easington to just a handful of chances. 

Malmesbury started the better of the two sides and the warning signs were there virtually from the kick off. The visitors were able to beat the offside trap stretching defenders with early deliveries into the box. Malmesbury continued to play in a very direct way getting the ball into their big front two strikers as soon as possible and it was from this approach they took the lead. Joe White returning in goal for Easington, was arguably fouled as he attempted to claim a cross but within seconds the half cleared ball was played back in and Harrison Archer fired home through a crowd of players. 

Easington quickly settled into the game and responded well to going a goal down after 9 minutes. The impressive Joe Coleman (pictured) started to control the midfield and it was Sports turn to threaten. Dan Watkin had two great chances in quick succession to equalise. Unfortunately, his diving header went straight to the keeper when either side would have been into the net. He then could only hit the side netting from a tight angle after breaking the offside trap and rounding the keeper. There were a couple of half chances that flashed over the bar but it stayed 0-1 at half time. 

In the second half Sports dominated play but unfortunately could not find a way past the organised defence. Easington got into some great positions and Callum Convey had a chance from a free kick on the edge of the box to equalise; his shot went over the bar. Substitutes Henry Rose and George Coombes also had chances that went just over the bar from a header and lob shot. 

As the game wore on Sports kept pushing for the equaliser but despite their best efforts they could not fashion any real quality shots on goal as the visitors continued to hang on making last ditch tackles and blocks to keep Easington out. 0-1 at full time. 



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