Season Delaval 2 Percy Main 1
By Norman de Bruin
A defeat on the road....
Percy Main failed to consolidate their improved form since the new year, which had seen The Villagers defeated only once and that at the hands of league leaders Newcastle University on the first Saturday of 2019 as Seaton Delaval took the spoils in a game which saw few chances come the visitors way, during the course of the afternoon.
Paul Collinson averaging a goal a game for The Main, ploughed a lone furrow up front and his only reward was a well taken penalty just before the hour mark, which at the time gave a glimmer of hope, but turned into a mere consolation come the final whistle.
There were half chances at both ends during the opening couple of minutes, Delaval's Paddy Gibbons fired into the hands of Shaun Backhouse in the Main goal, while in reply, a quick free kick taken by David Short, fell to Mark McDonnell whose effort was competently dealt with by Ryan Nelson in the opposite goal.
Seaton Delaval went close on 8 minutes as Jack Watchman volleyed over from Bruno Pilato's right wing cross, but the deadlock was broken soon after as William Walker arrived unchallenged in the area and squared to Gibbons who drove the ball home from close range.
In the ascendancy, Delaval had loud shouts for a penalty waved away by the referee as Kieran Tubman tangled with Michael Butcher, but Percy Main, probably against the run of play almost drew level on 22 minutes as Short found Collinson and his run and shot was just last the far post. It was the visitors best chance at that stage, but they were indebted to Backhouse, at the other end, who produced a point blank save to deny Andrew Carr.
For Seaton Delaval, Layton Bruce fired over and Michael Brady headed wide, while Backhouse again proved the visitors saviour, albeit temporarily, as Carr latched onto an errant pass in the Main's rearguard which presented him with a clear run on goal, but found himself denied by the goalkeeper who saved well with his legs.
Carr who had missed a couple of presentable and seemingly easier opportunities for Delaval, atoned as half time beckoned as he controlled a ball in from the right, to fire emphatically home from the edge of the area and double his side's lead.
The tempo of the game seemed to drop following the interval and after Gibbons steered an effort wide, Collinson threw The Main a lifeline as he was upended in the area by Brady and took the resultant spot kick himself to half the deficit and encourage the visiting contingent.
However there was to be no comeback and other than long range efforts from Adam Green and Collinson, which failed to unduly trouble Nelson there were to be no real signs of an equalising goal. The warning signs were there to be heeded and the home side had the ball in the net once more as Butcher slotted home the rebound after Jamie Hanson hit the post, but this time his effort was flagged for offside.
No game for Percy Main next Saturday, (23rd) but in a quick turnaround, will host Seaton Delaval on Saturday March 2nd.