Easington could leapfrog Whickham on Saturday.

Jack Pounder scored a brace as Easington Colliery claimed three points in a 4-2 win over Bedlington Terriers on Saturday afternoon.

On a very cold afternoon at the Welfare Park, Liam Adamson opened the scoring before a rare strike from Chris Pearson doubled Easington’s lead.

Pounder’s first came just before half-time and the Colliers went into the break with a three goal advantage.

In the second half, Bedlington had the wind behind them and their very direct style was causing Easington problems.

Zak Atkinson halved the deficit on the hour mark and Paul Wardle pulled another back for Bedlington in very fortunate style three minutes later.

However, Pounder’s second eight minutes from time settled the nerves and the Colliers claimed the points.

Craig Hughes and Craig Veart made three changes from Tuesday’s defeat to Chester-le-Street with Pounder, Brennan Ball and Jake Metcalf coming in for Jay Redman, Shane O’Brien and Ryan Lincoln Barrow.

On a soft pitch and with a bitter wind exposing the Welfare Park, the Colliers started brightly and won a corner within the opening three minutes. It turned out to be back-to-back corners but Bedlington eventually cleared.

In the eighth minute, a sharp Bedlington break found Calvin McMahon but he couldn’t keep the ball down with the first shot of the afternoon.

Despite the pitch being heavy, some of Easington’s football was very positive. Numerous triangles were completed with one touch passing and the Colliers were opening Bedlington up.

Easington’s first chance came courtesy of good football in the 13th minute. A free-flowing move found David Vincent and he laid the ball off to James Talbot who fired narrowly over from 20 yards.

Only four minutes later, another great chance fell the way of the Colliers. Shaun Smith used his pace to burst down the wing and he cut in to beat his man. Smith’s pulled back looked to pick out either Pounder or Liam Adamson but the goalkeeper committed himself. Just as Pounder was closing down, the goalkeeper managed to hold onto it at the second attempt.

Following a slight quiet period, a quick counter-attack from the Colliers saw Adamson hold possession up. He eventually laid it off to Pounder who looked to play Ethan Wood in but it was slightly too heavy for the former Hartlepool United youngster.

Seconds later, the Colliers broke the deadlock. A perfectly weighted through ball played Adamson in and he kept his cool to slot under David Stewart and into the net.

Three minutes after the Colliers had taken the lead, it could have been two. Pounder took responsibility for a free-kick 30 yards from goal and his effort darted narrowly wide.

A chance fell the way of Bedlington’s Jack Foalle before the Colliers doubled their lead in the 36th minute through an unlikely source.

Pounder collected possession in a wide position and passed to Metcalf who helped it onto Wood. Wood teed up Pearson and the skipper blasted a first time effort into the far corner from 25 yards. He’s been building up to it in recent weeks and today’s effort wasn’t to be stopped as the Green Army’s skipper collected his first goal of the season.

As half-time approached, Metcalf threaded a perfect ball into Pounder and his quick turn gave him room to shoot but his effort curled a matter of inches wide.

Pounder wasn’t to be denied though as he collected his first just before half-time. Talbot’s initial effort took a deflection but that deflection played Pounder in and the former Ryhope CW forward did the rest to extend the Green Army’s lead.

With the wind behind their backs, Bedlington sparked into life in the second half.

They won a couple of corners in the 48th minute but could have been punished by them. The Colliers cleared the second of back-to-back corners and quickly launched a counter. The quick attack found half-time substitute Michael Cooke but he was denied by a perfectly timed last-ditch tackle.

In the 59th minute, Cooke went close again. A ball over the top found Pounder who held it up well before eventually finding Adamson. Adamson burst down the wing and drilled a low ball across the face of goal where Cooke’s first time effort sent the ball a matter of inches wide.

And, the Colliers would be made to rue on missed chances. On the hour mark, Bedlington opened up the Colliers to play Foalle in. With Kyle Donaldson committed to coming out, Foalle played the ball square to Atkinson who slotted home. Questions were asked as to whether Atkinson was offside but the goal stood.

The Colliers weren’t worried, but a second Bedlington goal three minutes later did worry the crowd. Wardle took aim from long-range and Donaldson looked to have it covered until it took a wicked deflection took it into the other corner.

Having conceded two in quick succession, it suddenly became nervy for the Colliers. Bedlington continued to play direct with every ball going long but the Colliers settled it down again.

Things became a bit heated halfway through the second half resulting with Donaldson going in the book and then Easington were forced into a substitution as Metcalf came off injured and Jimmy Appleby replaced him.

A quarter of an hour from time, Foalle fired over for Bedlington before Cooke crept through at the other end but could only drag wide.

Pounder had another couple of half chances before adding his second and Easington’s fourth to regain the two goal cushion. Talbot collected possession in a wide position and sprinted down the wing before playing Pounder in and he finished well.

Five minutes from time, Ian Redman came on to make his second debut for the club.

There was still time for Easington to come close to a fifth. Talbot was once again the provider as he found Adamson but his shot from a tight angle was saved.

The win lifts the Colliers to 13th in Northern League Division Two.

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Ball, Metcalf (Appleby, 74′), Pearson (c), Hailes (Redman, 85′), Talbot, Ethan Wood, Vincent, Adamson, Pounder, Shaun Smith (Cooke, 46′)

Unused subs: Thompson, Brian Smith


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