Saturday marked the annual non-league day which saw 172 spectators brave the rain and head to The Rivermoor to watch Reading City v Easington Sports in the Hellenic League, going into the game the Citizens were sitting in 4th place and our visitors in 15th. However the Citizens were forced to reflect on their performance which led to Dan Davies being sent off and us conceding 5 goals, you could say when it rains it pours.
Match Report by Nick Bird
It was a very disappointing result for Reading City at the weekend against Easington Sports which forced reflection for the players and staff after the game. The result came as a bit of a shock after a decent run of form of four games without a loss until Monday’s penalty shootout loss.
The shock came early as Easington Sports scored in just two minutes, they worked the ball down the right, Piers Walton crossed the ball to Jack Dunmall who helped the ball into the bottom left, Reading City 0-1 Easington Sports.
It wasn’t long until they got their second, it came from a corner, which was awarded after appeals for a penalty were dismissed, Josh Rose headed it towards goal, and debutant Alfie Grant tried to head it away but connected wrongly and the ball went behind him and behind Charlie York who had come out of his goal to punch the ball away and went in for an own goal, Reading City 0-2 Easington Sports.
Two minutes later it was 3-0, the Easington winger played a through ball to Jack Dunmall who raced for the ball and slid to reach it before Charlie York and did so, and the ball rolled in for his second of the game and Easington’s third, Reading City 0-3 Easington Sports.
The Citizens tried to get back into the game but were struggling to create anything.
In added time, Easington grabbed their fourth from another corner. It was crossed towards the front post and flicked in by a Piers Walton header into the far side of the goal, Reading City 0-4 Easington Sports.
Reading City had a lot to do if they wanted to come back and win the game, and from the first half performance, it wasn’t looking too likely.
Nevertheless, it was City who had the better start, McKoy Palmer took a free-kick, and in the proceedings, Alfie Grant was pulled to the ground by one of the Easington defenders and the referee awarded a penalty. Adam Cashin-Murray converted the penalty sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, Reading City 1-4 Easington Sports.
Easington almost scored their fifth not long after, they had the Reading City defence beaten for numbers, and the right-winger got past Tom Browne, but he dragged his shot across goal. They should have scored not long after as Piers Walton was onside for a long ball and got past Charlie York who rushed out of the box to try and win the ball, but he rushed his shot at the open goal and missed the target.
With thirty minutes to go, Dan Davies was sent off for a second yellow card following a poor challenge.
Easington were back to having threatening chances as one of their midfielders had a shot from outside the box which forced Charlie York to make a good save, soon after the same player headed just over from a corner. Charlie York made another save when Jack Dunmall got in behind the City defence again, but the shot didn’t challenge York too much.
Easington got their fifth goal with five minutes to go as they played in a triangle from a throw-in, their substitute right winger managed to break away eventually down the right and then pulled it back to Jack Dunmall who found himself in space and hit the ball first time, Charlie York got a hand to it but it wasn’t enough to stop the shot which went into the top right corner, Reading City 1-5 Easington Sports.
The result has caused some reflection, and hopefully for the Citizens, it brings hard work out of everyone to turn it around for next weekend's game against Ardley United at the Rivermoor in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.
Here's what First Team Manager Simon Johnson had this to say following Saturday's defeat:
"Not at the races today. Time for everyone to self assess, myself and the management team included. Win together, lose together".