A new year brings new beginnings, and for Desborough Town, they would hope 2024 would bring better luck on their side, having lost five straight league games to teams battling it out for promotion; albeit narrowly on four of those occasions. Ar Tarn’s next task: a home clash against Easington Sports, who sat seven places above Neil Healey’s side, and looking for a second straight win.
With the opening 10 minutes or so being a incredibly quiet start to the game at the SG Pathway Academy Stadium, the first half-chances were created by Town left-back Ollie Anderson and his teammate Dom Ledgeway, with both of their crosses into the Sports box unlucky not to catch Easington stopper Jack Myatt out. Owen Brooks was also unfortunate to see his header travel just over the crossbar early on.
The first real talking point of an otherwise quiet game emerged in the 22nd minute, when Chay Buckingham was released through on goal for the away side; only for his run to be brought to a halt by Town midfielder Liam Boath. It was then that tensions flared between the two and the referee Brian O’Sullivan had no chance but to give both players their marching orders for violent conduct. Both sides would now have to play the remaining 68 minutes with ten men.
However, it could have got worse for the away side as defender Callum Convey’s headed clearance almost fell into his own net instead, following Brady Stratford’s flick-on from a Desborough free kick.
Easington’s first real chance of a temper-dominated clash in Northamptonshire fell the way of Luke
Swann, who curled a teasing effort towards goal, only for Adam Honour to collect the midfielder’s shot comfortably.
HALF-TIME: DESBOROUGH TOWN 0-0 EASINGTON SPORTS
The home side provided the first half-chance of the second half, with Ledgeway unlucky to see his
fantastic effort fly just over the bar; leaving Jack Myatt unfazed in the Easington goal. But from there, it began to feel like a familiar tale for Ar Tarn, as the away side took their chances when the home side couldn’t. After James Watts’ shot from just inside the box was cleared by Desborough captain Aaron Davies, the resulting corner brought the first goal of the corner. With the corner delivered into the far post, Josh Wynne headed back towards goal for Leam Howards to steer the ball home from close range.
This prompted Neil Healey to make a change, as he introduced Josh Drain in place of Kai Magee. And from there, the young striker ran the show, as he was key to Desborough Town’s equaliser. Drain made an excellent run down the right hand side, where he delivered the ball in towards the back post where Owen Brooks was waiting. The winger then swung the ball back in towards Brady Stratford, who headed the ball home past Jack Myatt to level matters at the SG Pathway Academy Stadium.
Neil Healey’s side then took the game to their opposition, as they dominated the closing 20 minutes of the game. Dom Ledgeway had been impressive in this clash, but his shooting boots didn’t seem to be on, as yet another shot of his flew just over the bar. Ollie Anderson was also unlucky to see his long-range effort travel over the top of the goal.
Desborough Town captain Aaron Davies could have won the game for his side in stoppage time, but his tame header fell straight into the arms of Jack Myatt. Regardless, the home side halted a five-game losing run and picked up what could prove a valuable point in their fight to stay in the UCL Premier Division South.
FULL-TIME: DESBOROUGH TOWN 1-1 EASINGTON SPORTS