Easton 3 Hempnall 2
A real slog in the wind but a win is a win.
Following two away draws in a week last week we were back to home comforts today as we welcomed former Easton player Greg Dimsey's Hempnall side to the college. The away fixture had finished 5-0 but that was probably a little harsh on the visitors so another tough game was expected.
Raffa, Beanie, Hayden and Wheeler were all missing from the match day squad and with Matty Hoeppner having joined Horsford in the week the pack was shuffled seeing Jordy and Luca join George up front in a three to start the game.
With a stiff breeze at our backs we started the game quickly and had the lead with the first effort on goal. George did well to stretch and control a through ball from Luca and after steadying himself he slotted past the outstretched hand of the Hempnall keeper to put un 1-0 up on 4 minutes.
One then quickly became two with less than ten minutes gone with Jordy receiving the ball 25 yards from goal his first touch sat up nicely and he struck an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the Hempnall net to make it 2-0 on 8 mins and it looked like it was going to be a long day at the office for the visiting team.
Hempnall finally managed to get a foothold in the game though and despite not testing the Easton backline in the opening stages they were at least starting to move the ball around well and forced a couple of corners that came to nothing. They did however then halve the deficit on 20 mins as a loose pass in the Easton midfield saw the winger released down the left and after cutting inside he drove his strike between Taylor and his near post to make it 2-1.
The next 15 minutes were very scrappy with neither team really having a hold of the game following the rapid start and it took until 5 minutes before half time for the two goal lead to return. Norm found himself the furthest man forward and good play between Jordy and Lewi saw him released through 1v1 and he made no mistake cooly rolling the ball home to make it 3-1. It could have been more before HT as Ian struck a post and Al saw good header cleared off the line before Lewi smashed the rebound high and wide.
With the elements now against us the second half was always going to be more difficult than the first but it was the home side that threatened first as Luca saw an effort fly wide of the Hempnall goal as well as Alex seeing a good effort deflected for a corner.
This proved to be a bit of a false dawn though as Hempnall showed that they are still fighting to stay in the league next year and were working tirelessly even if there wasn't much quality at the end of their good periods of play. Taylor saved well down to his right and should have been tested more with 4 or 5 efforts struck straight at him from distance.
There could and should have been more home goals at the same time as numerous chances were spurned by either a poor decision at the last moment or a pass left short or struck too hard.
Hempnall did make it 3-2 with 2 minutes of added time to play as a looping cross was caught by the wind and beat Taylor who will be disappointed he didn't do better but there wasn't enough time left for Hempnall to get themselves a third.
A really good first half followed by a really poor second. Credit to Hempnall who kept working for 90 minutes but given the fast start it should have been a lot more comfortable. They say winning ugly is a good thing, well this was UGLY! Onto Blofield Res away next week.