RACA 0 - 3 Easington Colliery
Liam Adamson bagged a devastating hat-trick to end Albion’s unbeaten start to the season and hand Dan Iredale his first defeat as RACA manager.
Adamson’s first-half strike gave Easington the lead before two quick-fire goals late on secured the victory and gave The Colliers a well-deserved three points.
Easington went into the game reeling from a humiliating 7-2 defeat to Newcastle University in midweek, but they showcased some defensive steel in this one to keep Albion’s dangermen quiet throughout.
The first big chance of the game fell for the visitors when Dan Gladstone’s awkward clearance found Dylan Elliott. Easington’s number 10 attempted to catch RACA’s keeper off his line but his effort whistled inches wide of the post.
Albion almost broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with a rapid counter-attack; Rhys McLeod slipped through Joe Thompson but he couldn’t round the move off as his shot was blasted over the bar.
Easington’s opener came moments later when Kevin Pearn drilled an inviting cross along the Albion box. He picked out his opposite winger Adamson who, unmarked, cut into his stronger foot and buried home to give his side the lead.
The home side began to get on the ball but struggled to create anything clear-cut, with headers from half-chances for Louis Anderson and Carl Paterson the only real opportunities of the half.
If anybody looked like scoring before the break it was Easington, who had appeals for a penalty turned away when Andrew Brown pushed Luke Page inside the area.
The last act of the half saw Pearn blast a free-kick over the bar for The Colliers as the referee’s whistle signalled a sigh of relief for the players in black-and-blue.
It was more of the same after the break, with the visitors content to allow Albion to have possession as long as they weren’t threatening, and frustrations began to mount on 66 minutes when Dillon Blake went into the book for an unnecessary push on Kyle Middleton.
RACA’s biggest chance fell to Shaun Pickford - the only bright spark for Albion - when he skinned his man inside the area. He did the hard work but his shot was tame and placed straight at Alex Lawrence.
Easington should have doubled their lead when Adamson cut a pass across the box to Elliott; his shot looked destined to make it 2-0 but Michael Laws hooked it off the line to clear.
A penalty was awarded shortly after when Gladstone clumsily brought down Adamson - who was causing Albion all sorts of problems down the left flank.
He redeemed his error from the resulting spot-kick with a fantastic save down to his left, but the heroics were short-lived as The Colliers eventually got their second goal.
With RACA pushing for an equaliser, an effective counter-attack was rounded off by Adamson, who was allowed onto his right foot yet again before slotting away a simple finish.
It got from bad to worse for Albion as the nightmare was completed in the dying embers of the game.
Adamson beat Gladstone to a loose ball and shot first time to complete the rout and pile more misery on the Kingsley Park crowd.
Easington were good value for their three-goal victory and deserve immense credit for bouncing back after an embarrassing result during the week.
RACA must show a similar mentality against Carlisle on Wednesday if they want to start talking about a promotion charge once again.
Starting XI: Gladstone, Dodsworth, Paterson, Brown, Turnbull, Blake, Bamborough, Pickford, McLeod, Thompson, Anderson
RACA Fans’ Man of the Match: None