EDC Scholars and EDC 1st Team Play Out Derby Draw

Sun, 2001-12-16 00:00

EDC First Team captain Matty Billiard converts a penalty

East Durham College’s top two football teams came face to face in their BCS League 1 fixture earlier this week.

It went to the wire on Wednesday afternoon as the two sides drew in the battle for not only three points but college bragging rights.

The East Durham College Elite Scholarship side, based at Houghall, travelled over to the Peterlee Campus with high hopes of a win against their rivals and they started off the brighter.

The Scholars took control of the first ten minutes of play pushing hard on the First teams defence, looking for an early break through which finally came.

A cross into the box bobbled around with the Firsts only able to clear it as far as the Scholar’s Harry Winwood, on the edge of the box, who managed to place the ball past the keeper to give his side a deserved lead.

However the early goal didn’t seem to negatively affect the Firsts who immediately started to get back into the game.

Following some sustained pressure they won a corner on the 25-minute mark which was swung in deep to the back post finding captain Matty Billiard who sneaked the ball past the keeper at the near post to tie things up.

But that goal sparked on the Scholars back into life, who got back on the offensive, pressurising the First’s defence looking for a second goal.

And this time it was the Scholars turn to take something from a set piece. A corner driven over to the back post was headed back across goal for Callum Lester to smash a volley into the net, getting his side back in front.

The end of the first half saw the Scholars in total control, pushing forward to try and double their lead.

Winger Jack Garbutt saw two of his efforts hit the woodwork. One a well timed volley which had the keeper beaten came crashing back off the post, before curling a sweet free kick from around 25 yards hit the bar.

And that’s how the start of the second half continued with the Scholars pushing to get that goal to finish off the First team.

But Brian Honour’s side stood firm, and a long ball driven forward found First team striker Callum Monroe who’s fantastic first touch got him away from his marker and through one on one before rounding the keeper and blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

And with the score back level it was really anyone’s game with both sides pushing to try and take all three points. 

The Scholars pushed hard looking to get back in front for the third time but a fantastic defensive display from the First team just wouldn’t let them through.

It was the First team who finally got themselves in the lead as Callum Monroe broke away again past his marker, getting his side into a three on two position, and as he looked up to square the ball he was hacked down and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

The Scholar’s keeper got a hand to the ball but Billiard’s strike was to strong and nestled in the bottom corner, to put the First team in front for the first time in the game.

With 15 minutes left to play it looked like Brian Honour’s men may have just took the three points but with new Scholars coach Darren Holloway watching on  they were out to impress and were determined to take something from the match.

And with just five minutes left on the clock the Scholars won a free kick on the left hand side of the box. The resulting shot curled over the wall and the First team keeper could only parry the ball and it landed at the feet of Nathan O’Connor who had a simple tap in to level the match.

Both teams frantically pushed for a winner in the dying minutes, but as the final whistle went to bring a close to a fantastic game of football a draw seemed the fair result on the day.

And the result leaves the First team lying in 5th place in the BCS North East Men’s Division 1 while the Scholars remain unbeaten and in 3rd place with a game in hand over league leaders Gateshead College.

Both teams are back in league action again next week with the Scholars back at Houghall with home advantage as they take on Sunderland College whilst Brian Honour takes the First team to Tyne Met College.