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Richmond are hit by late fightback
1:29pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Football
RICHMOND Town had to settle for a draw after conceding two late goals in last Saturday’s Wearside League encounter at Easington Colliery.
Town took time to settle in the blustery conditions and it was Easington that came closest to scoring early on. Colliery’s Kris Johnson found himself alone in front of goal in the tenth minute, but could only hit the upright when it would almost have been easier to score.
The teams were evenlymatched through the first half, but it was Richmond who broke the deadlock in the 38th minute. Ben Darville powered past four defenders before being tripped inside the area.
Kalumn Holbrook scored from the penalty spot, giving Richmond the advantage at half time.
With the wind behind them, Richmond came out much the stronger in the second half. It took four defenders lined up along the goal-line to keep the ball out after the Easington goalkeeper fluffed a cross in the 57th minute.
Five minutes later, Richmond striker Richard Thompson was brought down on the edge of the area, and Ben Darville thought he had scored from the resulting free-kick, but was judged to be just offside.
Richmond’s second goal wasn’t long in coming, though.
A quickfire move, started by Scott Guy, who won the ball on the halfway line and found Thompson on the edge of the area, was finished off with great aplomb by Holbrook, his second of the afternoon and his 12th this season.
Richmond seemed to be cruising from then on. Substitute Sam Pickersgill added some exciting pace down the right, going on one solo run of a good 50 yards before firing a shot on target. His effort was pushed away for a corner, but he made another blistering run to the by-line minutes later, pulling a cross back for Thompson, whose header was pushed aside for another corner.
Then, suddenly, against the run of play, Easington scored.
With three minutes to go, substitute Paul Taylor found himself in space in the Richmond area, and made no mistake with his right foot.
And Easington then snatched a late equaliser well into injury time, when centre forward Bryan Norton exploited a mix-up in defence, heading neatly in from a well-targeted cross.
After good performances in recent games, this was a below-par display from Richmond, but with only one defeat in nine games, they are still on a good run and hold on to sixth place in the Wearside League.
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