Seaham Red Star lost 4-0 at home to Marske United in their Northern League clash on Saturday.
Marske took the lead in the seventh minute through Curtis Round, and two minutes later the lead was doubled through Ashley Coffey. A third was added by Reece Kelly before the final and forth Marske goal by Daniel Earl.
The game started evenly with Red Star coming close through Lynch four minutes in after great footwork in the box. But it was the visitors who took the lead soon after with a counter attack down the right wing, as Glen Butterworth played the ball across the box to Earl who found Round free at the back post. The Marske man finished the move off with a powerful shot past Red Star keeper Shaun Newbrook.
Marske added a second two minutes later through debutant Coffey. The striker scored a diving header at the back post with the header, finding just enough power to beat the keeper.
Despite being two goals to the good, the visitors didn’t stop attacking for the remainder of the first half. Round nearly scored a second in the 17th minute, forcing Newbrook to make a decent diving save.
Next it was Coffey’s turn to come close to bagging a second, powering a shot at Newbrook which had to be tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner Marske captain Adam Wheatley headed narrowly over from six yards out.
Marske followed up their impressive first half performance instantly in the second half with Earl seeing his shot tipped over the crossbar less than a minute after the action restarted.
Lee Hetherington, a half time substitute for Seaham, made a great impact from the bench and it paid off as he won a penalty around the hour mark of the game, only for David Price to blast the penalty wide of the right post.
The Star again came agonisingly close to halving the deficit as David Palmer’s back post header looped over the keeper and hit the topside of the bar with 20 minutes to go. And Seaham were made to rue missed chances when Kelly scored a deserved third for Marske three minutes later after a mix up at the back between centre-back Bradley Staunch and Newbrook.
Earl added the forth for Marske four minutes before full time with a clinical curling finish, further consolidating a dominant performance from the visitors.
The Star will look to improve in their next game, where they face Newton Aycliffe in the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup. The game takes place on Tuesday 31 January at Newton Aycliffe with a 7:30pm kick-off.