THORNABY F.C. 4 EASINGTON COLLIERY 2.
Thornaby got their first double of the season when they beat Easington at home on Saturday, Despite controlling possession, Thornaby didn't create any chances in the opening few minutes. Thornaby’ s first real chance came in the ninth minute when Kallum Hannah linked up with Kurtis Howes but Howes' eventual shot was blocked by Ian Redman. Five minutes later, another chance fell the way of the hosts. A cross was half cleared but dropped to Matthew Robinson on the edge of the penalty area. He took a touch or two before firing a shot harmlessly wide of Kyle Donaldson's goal. Easington's first effort came in the 17th minute. Brennan Ball and Pounder played a quick one-two giving Ball a shooting opportunity but he could only slice wide.
But the home side were stunned when a shot from James Talbot's was shaved by keeper Liam Gibbs but it bounced of him into the path of Jack Pounder who fired the Visitors into a surprise lead on 28 minutes.
There may have been a slit bit of luck with Thornaby equalizer a minute later when Stephen Morrison’s cross went over the keeper Kyle Donalson’s head and into the net. Thornaby took the lead a couple of minutes latter when from a little bit of scrappy play inside Easington’s box Connor Smith put the hosts ahead.
Thornaby scored a third in the 44th minute, when Joe Posthill crossed to find the unmarked Robinson at the far post and his free header gave Donaldson no chance to save.
Easington’s game improved after the break and halved the deficit only two minutes in. Cooke's good work saw him burst down the wing and cut in to shoot. Liam Gibbs spilled Cooke's effort and Pounder was their to stab home his second of the afternoon.
With an hour played, Easington came close to equalising from a free-kick in a dangerous position, Talbot took the kick he curled his effort towards the far top corner where a fingertip save saw Gibbs push the ball onto the crossbar and behind for a corner. Two minutes later, another fine save from Gibbs, when a high ball fell the way of David Vincent and he tried his luck with a first time 30-yard volley. The former Shildon man caught it perfectly and it was destined for the net until another fine save from Gibbs kept his side ahead.
Thornaby still looked dangerous when they attacked and they almost regained their two goal cushion halfway through the second half. A cross-C*M-shot almost found a way in at the far post but thankfully Redman was there to clear off the line.
Easington kept pushing for an equaliser but struggled to create any chances and in added time, Thornaby sealed the win, Cooke was caught in possession and Taylor Crainey was in on goal before beating Donaldson with a composed finish.
Full-time: Thornaby 4-2 Easington Colliery