08 Oct 2020 in Match Reports
The lads showcased solid grit, determination and impermeable defending to grind out a point against a top Easington side on Wednesday night...
RACA 0-0 Easington Colliery
A fiercely contested battle at Kingsley Park ended goalless as a resilient RACA dug deep to grind out a point against Easington.
The full-time scoreline did not reflect the effort of the two teams as both sides had big chances to snatch all three points. Tackles were flying in from the offset in a game that epitomised the tenacity of the Northern League.
Albion went into the clash as underdogs as they faced an Easington side who were sitting in third place prior to last night’s round of fixtures - winning five and losing once in their opening six games.
The visitors were expected to dominate possession and they did, but lacked any real potency in front of goal when it mattered most.
Easington’s Green Army came in numbers and they were infuriated after the first big chance of the game. An in-swinging corner met the head of Albion defender Joe Shepherd, who would have been relieved to see the ball whistle past the post instead of being steered into his own net. The referee ordered a goal-kick instead of a corner - much to the anger of the away contingent.
RACA appeared content to soak up the pressure and try hit the Colliers on the break - a plan that almost worked wonders for their first chance of the game. Harry Outterside darted down the right and managed to find Lee Richardson’s head with a vicious cross - only for his effort to be superbly saved by Alex Lawrence down low to deny the forward his second goal in as many games.
In the 37th minute came the best chance of the half, as McGoldrick and Adamson forced a double save from Josh Graham to keep the scores level. Easington appealed for a handball in the area during the build-up to the move but the referee waved away the protests for a penalty.
This fixture was proving to be a fiery affair and the biggest talking point of the opening period came on the stroke of half-time when Richardson went lunging in on Jay Nicholson. The Colliers' fullback was left needing treatment for the rash challenge and the away dugout were furious when the RACA forward escaped any further punishment.
A row escalated between both dugouts and Collier’s gaffer Paul Adamson proceeded to vehemently contest the decision during the break - letting the referee know exactly what he thought about the decision.
The second half followed a similar pattern with neither side shying away from a 50/50 - but a golden opportunity to break the deadlock soon arrived and the visitors should have been one-nil up.
Luke Pearn delivered a right-wing cross that found an unmarked Adamson at the back stick, only for him to cannon a left-footed volley off the outside of the post. It was a big let-off for RACA as Easington had shown the first glimpse of turning their possession into danger.
Up the other end, Albion Skipper Callum Turnbull had a looping header hooked off the line in a move that resulted in an unfortunate injury to Collier’s keeper Lawrence. An awkward landing meant that he had to be replaced by Ben Reynolds for the remaining 15 minutes.
Nerves inside Kingsley Park had been amplified further by results in previous weeks which has seen Albion concede late on - but the defence of J Graham, Below, Turnbull, Shepherd and Joyeux held firm as they fought in the trenches for every loose ball to protect that clean sheet.
It was the latter who was the hero late on when Pearn rounded Graham and appeared certain to bury home another crushing late winner to sink Albion. His effort was heroically blocked by the full-back to somehow keep the scores level.
Louis Anderson came razor close to snatching a late RACA winner as he glanced an Outterside cross inches wide of Reynold’s post.
The referee ended the game with Albion happier to take the point after a difficult run of late. They came up against a top side in Easington, held their own and more than matched them for large spells of the game.
A point last night sets up a huge game this weekend away to Durham City in a game that could be a defining one for their season. Come and support the lads at Hall Lane on Saturday as we take on the Citizens in our biggest game of the campaign so far.
Starting XI: J Graham, Below, Turnbull, Shepherd, Graham, Outterside, Gunn, Anderson, Davis, Richardson
RACA Fans Man of the Match: Callum Turnbull