01 Feb 2020 in Match Reports
ESH WINNING 2 RACA 1
SECOND HALF COLLAPSE COSTS ALBION DEAR
RACA looked to be well on course for three points at Waterhouses today after leading 1-0 at the interval thanks to an early Scott Jasper overhead kick. But as Albion totally lost their focus in the second half, an equaliser from Jonathan Swift then a winner from Callum Boakes ensured Albion's recent away day blues continued
Albion travelled to West Terrace with a poor recent record of one win in nine against the Stags. However it was the visitors who took the game to their hosts early on, and in the 6th minute James Thompson found Jamie Dunn whose shot was well saved by former Ryton stopper Dom McMahon. McMahon was in for a busy half and a minute later he was called in to action again to block Dan Blewitt's side-footed shot. As Esh looked all at sea in defence, it looked only a matter of time before RACA would open the scoring which they duly did in the 9th minute. Thompson hit the bar from an acute angle but the ball bounced out into the six yard box where Scott Jasper tried an overhead kick that nestled in the back of the net. Esh were trying to push everything through Nick Marley up front but he was an isolated figure & rarely had a team-mate as far up as him, so the attacks usually petered out. Albion were running rings round Esh but were profligate with their shooting until Dunn brought another fine save from McMahon on 41 minutes, diving low to his right. Ryton would go into the interval with a lead but there was disappointment their lead was only by the single goal.
HT ESH WINNING 0 RACA 1
RACA started the second half brightly enough & Sam Norris wasn't far off with a low drilled shot in the first minute after the interval. But from thereon RACA's game-plan began to unravel as The Stags finally got going. Matty Soulsby who was looking increasingly dangerous as the game progressed headed narrowly over Josh Graham's bar on 58 minutes following an Esh corner. Three minutes later Jonathan Swift came even closer with a shot as Albion's defence looked increasingly ragged. Esh were back on the attack straight away & a fine team move saw Mallon fire a shot that was blocked by Jack Moody. The ball spun back to Mallon who spotted Shannon North unmarked in the box, but his cross to RACA's regular bogeyman was just beyond his reach.
Ryton were still causing some problems at the other end & Dunn would have been disappointed on 66 minutes when he could only find the midriff of McMahon from 2 yards out. Esh were now certainly the better of the two sides & once again Moody denied Mallon with a sliding block following another well worked move by the Stags, but with a certain sense of inevitability, the home side did finally level when Swift fired home from the edge of the box. New signing Ben Joyeux was introduced as a substitute on 83 minutes and had half a chance to make an immediate impact when Jasper saw his forward run and found him with a fine pass only for his shot to be blocked by McMahon who was having an inspired game. Esh continued to press on for a winner and their persistence was rewarded in the 87th minute when Callum Boakes scored what was to be the winner to the delight of the home technical area, especially his Dad Tony Boakes the team manager. There was no way back for Albion who for the second time in 15 days had put in a below par showing in this part of West Durham.
FT ESH WINNING 2 RACA 1
REFEREE- JOSHUA GORDON