19th Nov, 2019

Earls dancing in the Street after first league win

Ben Tyler 30th Sep, 2019

EARLSWOOD Town edged a 3-2 thriller at local rivals Hampton to earn their first league victory of the season.

Harry Street struck the winner after Stephen Mason and Jon Hamer had twice put the Earls ahead, with the result lifting them up to 14th in Midland Football League Division Two.

The visitors took the lead through Mason’s volley from a Gary Walker corner inside the opening ten minutes, though they missed the chance to double their advantage soon after when Danny Holliday fluffed an opportunity from a prime shooting position.

Holliday’s miss was punished just before the half-hour mark, as the hosts hauled themselves on level terms through Brad Hall’s deflected effort from the edge of the area.

Earls quickly made amends and regained the lead almost instantaneously when Joel Hughes slipped Hamer through on goal, who bent his shot into the far corner.

It sent the visitors in at half time with the lead, with Tom Reynolds’ men emerging in the second half intent on killing off the game.

But after failing to put away a number of clear chances, including a strike from Hamer that was cleared off the line, they were pegged back by Cameron Seivwright’s shot that slipped underneath Fraser Oliver.

The never-say-die attitude of the visiting Earls helped them go back in front almost straight away again, thanks to a tap in by Street after Cameron Knight’s fierce free kick was tipped away by the hosts’ goalkeeper.

This time Hampton had no response, though they came mightily close when a close-range header was kept out by Oliver at the death.

Earlswood look to build some winning form away to Alcester (3pm) on Saturday.

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