Northam extends Sports’ good run

Josh Northam grabbed the winner for Easington Sports at Clanfield 85
Josh Northam grabbed the winner for Easington Sports at Clanfield 85

Easington Sports go into Saturday’s Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup with Thame United on the back of a five-match winning sequence.

The UHLSport Hellenic League premier division high-fliers arrive at Addison Road to face a Sports’ outfit who have moved up to third in Division One West.

A solitary goal from Josh Northam earned Phil Lines’ side a 1-0 victory at Clanfield 85 on Saturday.

In a first half of few chances, Sports went close when Danny Poole released Andrew Stidder but keeper Mike Bawn was quickly out to save. Bawn also did well to turn away a cross-cum-shot from Durrell Livous.

But Sports got what proved to be the winner just before the break following an excellent move. Josh Rose linked up with Stidder and Tom Smith before crossing for Sam Grant to head the ball down for Northam to fire home.

Sports had a great chance to double their advantage after the restart when Smith sent Livous away but he was unable to beat Bawn.

That nearly proved costly with Michael Duerden twice going close after breaking through, firing wide and then over with just Jack Goode to beat. In between, Conor Grant’s dangerous cross was almost turned into his own net by Karl Dickenson while another Rose cross saw Stidder’s header saved by Bawn.

Clanfield pressed in the closing stages but Sports, with Craig Pearman marshalling the defence in which Arron Dosanjh shone, made sure Goode was restricted to routine handling.

Saturday’s cup tie is a 2pm kick-off at Addison Road.

Leaders Hook Norton returned from Shortwood United Reserves with a 2-1 victory.

The Brewery Boys strode into a two-goal lead midway through the first half courtesy of an own goal from Lloyd Price and Dan Reeves.

The home side got one back from Ayo Ajijedidun towards the end.