Hindringham 2 Easton 7
By Chris Brownbridge
A comfortable final scoreline but First Team don't have it all their own way
Another Saturday and another injury to contend with.... As has been the story this season we were sadly without Matty Fell who looks like he'll miss the rest of the season with the dislocated shoulder he sustained in last weeks win at Kirkley. Missing from the match day squad were Al, Aggy, Wheeler, Raffa, Jarz, Matty, Beanie and Spikes! New boy Callum Wiley took his place at left back after completing a quick transfer from CEYMS and Jordy, Luca and Sizer were all brought in to mean we still had 14 for the day.
For the first time in weeks we had perfect football weather with the sun high in the sky and just a light breeze. Perennial strugglers Hindringham had taken a point from The College back in August but had only one 3 league games since with all of those coming against the bottom two. This run had led to the departure of the manager but they've pushed several of the top sides close in games this season so were not to be underestimated.
Lewi took over skipper duties for the day and after winning the toss Hindringham kicked off with the slight slope and sun at their backs. There was no settling in period this week though as we were immediately on the front foot. After two minutes George picked up the ball wide on the right before a perfect cross found Cissell who's first touch saw him round the home keeper and he rolled home to keep up his superb run in front of goal.
There was no letting up from the boys in green and after just 5 minutes it was 2-0. George again picked up the ball on the right before cutting inside and unleashing a superb left footed dipping effort that left the home keeper grasping at thin air to give Hindringham a mountain to climb early on.
The early drama wasn't all ours though as with 10 minutes on the clock Hindringham found a way back into the game. A loose ball in midfield found it's way through to the lively West up front who finished well when 1v1 with Baz. This led to the hosts best period of the game and we were guilty of matching the home sides direct style for a 20 minute spell and despite not testing Baz in the Easton goal they looked the more threatening.
This changed on 35 minutes when a long clearance from Matty H looked to be easy pickings for the home keeper but he misjudged the flight and let the ball slip through his grasp before Cissell side footed home from the angle to restore our two goal lead. It was almost 4-1 just after as an effort hit the inside of the post before flashing along the goal line with no one getting a final touch.
The second half began with Hindringham on the front foot but again having very little quality in the final third. There was very little action in the opening stages with both midfields cancelling each other out but the game threatened to change on 65 minutes. A pass back from Lewi was left short and as the forward tried to go round Baz the Easton keeper got down well to palm the ball clear. The man in the middle however, much to everyones surprise, felt the Hindringham man had been fouled and pointed to the spot booking Baz for not only the tackle but also kicking the ball away and subsequently a red. Cissell took the gloves but couldn't stop the spot kick and it was 3-2 with 25 mins to play.
Hindringham changed shape and started to commit more men forwards as they looked for an equaliser. Being a man light we were looking to soak up pressure and hit the hosts on the break and with the home side caught with bodies up the pitch George wriggled his way to the byline after his original effort was well blocked but after taking his time he saw his low cross deflected in by the hapless defender for 4-2.
Just a few minutes later it was 5-2 as George saw a ball come back off his marker before he broke into the area and beat the keeper at his near stick to put daylight between the sides and then rounded off his hat trick after collecting a ball from Jordy, wriggling his way past a couple of defenders before cooly finding the far corner with the outside of his right foot for 6-2.
The hosts looked a beaten side at this point and it was left to Luca to wrap up the goalscoring as he was found again by Jordy before cutting inside and seeing his low drive beat the keeper from 12 yards.