Ten-man Badgers suffer more woe

Eastwood's Sam Benjamin looks to make progress during Saturday's game.
Eastwood's Sam Benjamin looks to make progress during Saturday's game.

EASTWOOD’S season continued its descent into even gloomier depths on Saturday as Fraser McLachlan’s late penalty sent Colwyn Bay back to North Wales with all three points.

Blue Square Bet North

EASTWOOD TOWN 0

COLWYN BAY 1

Fraser McLachlan 79pen

by Mark Duffy

EASTWOOD’S season continued its descent into even gloomier depths on Saturday as Fraser McLachlan’s late penalty sent Colwyn Bay back to North Wales with all three points.

It was a frustrating afternoon throughout for the Badgers, with a strange performance from the referee not helping their cause as they hit rock bottom of the Blue Square Bet North for the first time this season.

They were contributors to their own downfall too on occasions, Jevaise Christie getting himself needlessly sent off after a first-half fracas, though one could argue that had ref Mr Horton exercised a little more control over proceedings initially then tempers may not have been so frayed in the first place.

Ross Gardner was first to threaten for Eastwood but his long-range effort was too high and wide in the second minute, while winger Karl Noon looked a tricky customer for Bay and he twice went close to opening the scoring,

Defender Matt Hughes then missed his kick at the back post when well placed to score following a corner,.

Rob Hopley and Lee Davey then both tested Ian Deakin in teh Badgers goal, before the visitors had their best opportunity yet on 32 minutes when Deakin fumbled a ball into the penalty area but Jon Newby’s shot was blocked on the line by David Haggerty.

Eastwood’s job was then made a bit harder on 34 minutes when they were reduced to ten men.

Centre-back Hughes had got away with two or three bookable challenges scot-free in the early stages, clearly irritating the home faithful and players.

Another tackle then flew in on the centre-circle, causing something of a scene which resulted in Christie arriving and depositing Bay’s Gaz Evans to the floor with a push.

That was enough to get him an early bath, with Hughes finally seeing yellow about 20 minutes too late.

He didn’t learn his lesson, but neither did the referee, who let another Hughes tackle go unpunished four minutes later when a second yellow looked the fairer option.

The second-half was a more subdued affair, Hopley the main danger with two efforts coped with well by Deakin early on.

Young Eastwood debutant Greg Simmons had been lively whenever the opportunity allowed and he had a chance on the hour after being releaseddown the inside left channel, but he cut inside and saw his shot from just outside the penalty area deflected into the hands of keeper Chris Sanna.

Deakin was then to deny Hopley and Newby again, but the Bay winner came on 79 minutes and it was from the penalty spot.

A good move down the left ended with Kallum Keane upending sub Shelton Payne, and McLachlan stepped up to dink the penalty home and put the visitors in front.

The Badgers pushed on towards the end, Simmons inches away from a header across goal following Riley’s free-kick, and both Haggerty and Mitch Hanson volleying wide from distance in injury time, but it was all to no avail.

Eastwood: 1 Ian Deakin 2 Kallum Keane 3 Paul Riley 4 Ross Gardner 5 David Haggerty 6 Sam Benjamin 7 Josh Burge (Sam Wood 66) 8 Mitch Hanson 9 Greg Simmons 10 Jevaise Christie 11 Alex Troke (Steve Istead 90) Subs not used: Jason Bradley, Danny Elliott, Austin McIntosh Att: 238

Best Badger: Ian Deakin