EDC Scholars Hold On For Three Points Against Hartlepool FE

Mon, 12/11/2001 - 00:00

The East Durham College scholars’ football team battled hard to hold on to a 2-1 win at Houghall against Hartlepool FE.

EDC Scholars,which is made up of players from the College's Elite Athlete Scholarship Programme, applied the pressure early in the match pushing forward hard and also seeing a shot smash off the bar.

As the clock passed the twenty minute EDC came close to scoring again as they continued to press. A dangerous cross was cleared by Hartlepool to the edge of their box only for striker Callum Lester to hit a sweet volley that struck the crossbar, the ball fell to Michael Taylor whose wayward cross nearly beat the keeper but was tipped over for an EDC corner.

But from the resulting corner Chris Swailes side took a well deserved lead. The corner was struck long and headed back into the six yard box where Lester impressively hit an overhead kick to beat the keeper from close range.

Following the restart EDC continued to push looking for a second but on the half hour mark were caught on the break and a tangle of legs inside their own box lead to a penalty for Hartlepool. But it was tipped onto the post by East Durham keeper Ryan Farley to hold onto the lead.

Five minutes later EDC took advantage of some sloppy play from Hartlepool as they picked up the ball on the left wing and fired in a deep cross which was met by the head of right winger Michael Taylor and looped over the keeper and into the net, to double the College’s lead.

But EDC’s lead was halved just before half time. A break away down the wing by Hartlepool saw them cross neatly into the path of striker Nathan Watson who’s volley was cleverly placed past the keeper making to 2-1.

Despite being pinned back just before half time, there was no hesitation from the restart by EDC. They were straight back on the attack and a long range strike from Charlie Rabie nearly caught the keeper off guard but he managed to recover and tip it over the bar.

Then the following corner lead to a goalmouth scramble which saw Hartlepool somehow keep out three shots from close range to stop EDC extending their lead.

EDC continued on the offensive throughout the second half but just couldn’t find the back of the net, hitting the post twice and failing to connect with close range crosses on a couple of occasions.

But it was Hartlepool who nearly nicked a point in the dying minutes, finally getting in past what had been a fantastic second half defensive display by the College, but Hartlepool watched on as Nathan Watson shot smashed off the post and went harmlessly out of play.

Coach Chris Swailes said: “We were very dominant throughout the game and created enough chances to put a cricket score on the board, but just lacked that clinical finish.

“But our defensive performance can’t be overlooked either as the lads dug deep at the back at times in the second half to make sure we finished the game with all three points and a really a solid performance.”