Hebburn Town find Easington difficult to break down

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Hebburn Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Easington Colliery on Saturday as they went looking to get back to winning ways after a shock Ebac Northern League Division Two defeat to Esh Winning in midweek.

Manager Scott Oliver was looking for a massive improvement from his team and although first to admit Esh Winning were worthy winners on Wednesday night, he found it very hard to believe that the same squad at his disposal had previously won eight successive games.

Easington, who have had a very good season, started the game four points and one place ahead of Hebburn Town, in fifth position with a game in hand.

The Hornets began positively and played with great purpose in the first 15 minutes and almost took the lead following a good passing move as Adam Rundle forced Kyle Donaldson to push his drive against the post and to safety.

Hebburn continued to play well throughout, with the defence and midfield restricting Easington to long-range shots which failed to trouble goalkeeper Steve Hubery.

For Hebburn, Adam Rundle fired just over the bar, and shortly after a fierce drive by Channon North was deflected over the top for a corner.

Goodey almost put the home side in front shortly after the break when his free-kick from 30 yards clipped the crossbar.

Dan Reeves, who had a solid first game back after his knee injury, was replaced by Chris Feasey, and a good effort by the latter almost led to a goal when Donaldson could not hold on to his shot, but before any Hebburn forward could reach the ball, the keeper collected at the second attempt.

After, 75 minutes, further good work by Adam Rundle led to North shooting just wide and another effort by Alan Pegram was saved well.

In the closing minutes, and with neither side looking as if they would break the deadlock, only a good save from Hubery prevented Easington stealing the points.

Manager Scott Oliver, his assistant Chris Thompson and the entire squad can take a great deal of satisfaction from the draw, particularly after the midweek defeat.