FT: Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 1, THORNABY FC 2
A goal in either half was enough for Thornaby to claim all three points in a well-deserved win against the Albion. The result could have been much worse for the Albion but for some excellent work from goalkeeper Dominic McMahon.
The Albion began the game with a lot of early pressure on the Thornaby goal, with striker Scott Jasper collecting the ball on the halfway line; skipping past several Thornaby defenders before sending his powerful shot several feet over the crossbar after three minutes. This effort seemed to spur the visitors into life as only four minutes later, Albion keeper Dominic McMahon pulled off a magnificent double save to keep the scores level. Then, after nine minutes, a freekick in a dangerous position, taken by Thornaby attacker Kallum Hannah, was well smothered by an onrushing McMahon. This pressure was forcing the Albion defence to sit further and further back, allowing Thornaby all the time and space in the world to create the game’s opening goal. In the 16th minute, midfielder Kurtis Howes was left one on one with McMahon after some slack Albion defending, giving the diminutive player plenty of time to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home.
Worse was yet to come for the Albion as in the 22nd minute, Thornaby were awarded a penalty when Hannah was brought down inside the box by an onrushing McMahon, who received a caution from referee Ryan Woods. After a small delay, Hannah picked himself up but curled his tame effort wide of the right-hand post, much to the joy of the Albion faithful.
This penalty miss seemed to give the Albion squad a much-needed lift, with the midfield finally starting to have an influence on the game. The home side were inches away from equalising when a free kick taken by Lee Crammond after 32 minutes was too deep for Jasper to make any contact with the ball. The Albion were not to be denied much longer as shortly before the halftime break, Mason Stephenson delivered an inviting ball into the area for Jack Moody, who headed the ball across the box and into the back of the net.
Half Time Ryton 1, Thornaby 1.
The hosts began the second half just as they ended the first, with a lot of pressure in and around the Thornaby penalty area. However, despite this early pressure, the Albion had to wait until the 52nd minute for their first opportunity of the half, when Liam Anderson received the ball 20 yards out from goal, only to send his effort well over the crossbar.
The visiting team, sensing that their control of the game was slipping, really began to turn the screw, with Matthew Robinson shooting well wide of the goal after 56 minutes. However, only two minutes later, Robinson found himself in acres of space at the back post to tap in Thornaby’s second goal of the game. The Albion really struggled for the rest of the game to carve out any further chances for themselves, with the visitors seemingly comfortable at the back and confident going forward. Thornaby had an excellent chance to further extend their lead when substitute Daniel Chapman weaved his way down the by-line before whipping a cross on to the head of defender Taylor Crainey, only for his effort to be brilliantly cleared behind for a corner by Jamie Dunn. The resulting corner found its way to Robinson on the edge of the box and, after one touch, he unleashed a thunderous shot on goal which required an excellent save by McMahon.
Ryton were unable to penetrate a resolute Thornaby defensive line and after a few half chances which came to nothing, the referee blew his whistle to end the game.
This result means that the Albion drop one place in the Ebac Northern League Division Two table to 16th, whilst Thornaby move up one place to seventh.