EASINGTON Colliery have come a long way since Paul Frame became manager and Craig Parkinson his assistant at the start of last season.
In their first term in charge, the side won the Shipowners’ Cup and they are on course for more silverware after reaching the final of the Wearside League Cup with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Richmond Town.
It didn’t start too well for the Colliers, though. With barely three minutes on the clock, centre half Karl Adams was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident which was spotted by the assistant referee.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the home side struck first on 33 minutes when skipper Chris Pearson, up with the attack, fired past goalkeeper Carl Latcham.
Early in the second half, Luke Page was brought down in the box, resulting in Richmond’s Josh Woolf being dismissed. Page kept his composure to fire the spot-kick wide of Latcham.
Page, though, failed with a second penalty, which Latcham saved, but by then the Colliers were on their way to a final against Stockton Town.
When Kallum Hannah scored after only 15 minutes, another win for Stockton looked a foregone conclusion, but, for once, they were pegged back, by Carl Beasley’s fired-up Spennymoor Town Reserves who struck twice in the space of nine dramatic minutes, courtesy of Ross Morrow and Ian Ward.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Tom Coulthard equalised at 2-2 and, in the second period, Stockton sealed a 4-2 victory thanks to strikes from Chris Stockton and Coulthard.
Stockton, who have dropped only two points, look home and dry in the championship race, and can look forward to appearing in all three domestic finals.