Northam grabs late winner as Sports rise up the table

Easington Sports' match-winner Josh Northam holds off Cirencester Town Development's Angus Brereton

Easington Sports' match-winner Josh Northam holds off Cirencester Town Development's Angus Brereton

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Easington Sports are up to fourth in the UHLSport Hellenic League following their third straight victory.

A solitary goal from Josh Northam was enough to beat in-form Cirencester Town Development in Saturday’s Division One West clash at Addison Road.

Sports’ determination and pressure finally told with Northam grabbing the winner seven minutes from the end of normal time.

If Sports had taken their chances in the first half, the game could have been well out of sight by halftime. With the exception of an early one-on-one save, keeper Jack Goode was largely a spectator as Sports controlled the game in the first half.

The home side had opportunities to take the lead through Ryan Markham who had a deflected shot that hit the bar and the normally dependable Andrew Stidder dragged a shot wide of the far past after being put through with just the keeper to beat.

The second half became a scrappy affair with poor decision making in the final third thwarting Sports. Harry Walters and Durrel Livous came on to add more pace and the goal eventually came in the 83rd minute when Northam was denied by the keeper but he followed up to finish well from a tight angle.

Hook Norton bowed out of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic League Challenge Cup.

The Division One West leaders lost 4-2 against Rayners Lane at the Bourne.

The Brewery Boys surprisingly went out of the competition as the visitors put their poor Division One East form behind them.

Steve Howkins and Daniel Reeves were on target for Hooky but Khoury Taylor bagged a brace for Rayners Lane with Jay Thorne and David Jackson also getting on the score sheet.