Easington started the second half in bright fashion with neat interplay between Howards, Dan Reeves and Sam Ginger forcing the opposition onto the back foot and into last ditch tackles and blocks to protect their goal. As with previous matches this season, Easington failed to make this sustained pressure count and were unexpectedly behind on 58 minutes, when for the first time, the home side failed to shut down a cross into the box. The goal followed a goalmouth scramble in which Meadows saved smartly from point blank range. Whilst the ball was initially cleared, the corner taker Stuart Nelson was able to pick out Criddle for an unmarked header after he was allowed to continue following a borderline offside decision went in favour of the away side. This was tough for Easington to take who were on top at this point in the game. The home team continued to press for an equaliser but Tytherington defended well with man of the match Criddle restricting the impressive Pete Moulder of Easington to half chances. The result was eventually secured in the 73rd minute when Meadows rushed out of his area to clear the ball and was just beaten to it by Smyth who rounded the keeper and eventually rolled it into an unguarded net.
Easington can go into this weekend’s home cup tie at Addison Road against Old Woodstock taking the positives from a much more competitive display and remain determined to get their first clean sheet of the season.