Stidder is spot-on as Sports make it back-to-back wins

Easington Sports' Conor Grant takes on North Leigh Development's Connor Tinsley
Easington Sports' Conor Grant takes on North Leigh Development's Connor Tinsley

Phil Lines will be looking for Easington Sports to make it three UHLSport Hellenic League wins on the spin this weekend.

Sports entertain Cirencester Town Development on the back of a tight 2-1 victory over North Leigh Development in Saturday’s Division One West clash at Addison Road.

An end-to-end affair was always going to be decided by one or two key decisions and on the day the points could have gone to either team. A brace from Andrew Stidder was enough while Jack Goode pulled off two great saves to ensure all three points.

Both sides started brightly and the visitors were the first to test Goode who dealt confidently in the initial stages. Sports tried to unlock the North Leigh defence with some slick passing in midfield but they could not set Sam Grant or Stidder free.

The game came to life in the final ten minutes of the half.

Stidder burst into the box after a fine solo run but was then knocked to the ground on route to the goal. The in-form striker stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty.

North Leigh hit back almost instantly. After a half clearance in the box, the ball was laid back to Jake Steele who smashed it in.

Sports regained the lead on the hour mark when Danny Poole was brought down in the box as he was just about to shoot and Stidder stepped up again to convert his second spot-kick.

Sports continued to look a threat from set-pieces with attempts that just went past the post or over the bar while Goode made two crucial one-on-one saves in the final ten minutes to preserve all three points.

Leaders Hook Norton entertain Rayners Lane looking to extend their winning run.

The Brewery Boys thumped New College Swindon 7-1 on Saturday. Joe Eyre got two goals while James Peppiat, Stevie Hopkins, Dan Reeves and Jordan Jeacock also scored before the visitors grabbed a late consolation.