April 13 2017 22:11:02.
By Keith Long
- United Score Five And Make It Nine Unbeaten
At Salford Sports Village Beechfield United 1st Team made it nine games undefeated in the Manchester Football League when they beat Chapel Town 5-1. In this Division 1 the Chapel Town keeper got an early touch of the ball as United made a positive start to the contest. Quickly adopting the long ball tactic the visitors tested the defending ability of United's back four Andrzej Browne, Gary Wallis, Luke Johnston and Carl Ravenscroft. Getting control of the midfield was vital to both teams and Mike Phythian and Chris Ferris won their fair share of the ball. A couple of well weighted long passes from Carl Ravenscroft led to half chances but good defending by Town foiled efforts from Craig Massey and Jamie Sinnott. United grabbed the lead in the 9th minute after a quick counter-attack developed and Jamie Sinnott set-up Kurtis Lee for a tidy close range finish
Winning a trio of free kicks Chapel Town came close to an equaliser and Beechy keeper Steven Naylor was forced to make two vital saves. But thanks to the Jamie Sinnott/Kurtis Lee combination United led 2-0 on sixteen minutes when Jamie supplied the perfect through pass and Kurtis raced clear before lobbing the ball over the advancing keeper. Three minutes later and against the run of play Chapel Town reduced the arrears via a goal from their centre forward. Looking much more confident following their goal the visitors moved the ball around much quicker a had a few chances to force an equaliser. A few misplaced passes ruined some great attacking play from United but Beechy always looked dangerous going forward and following a disguised back heel by Kurtis Lee the Town keeper made a fine save to deny a snap shot from Craig Massey.
Then a few minutes later Mike Phythian and Rob Lockley combined in a neat one-two move and Kurtis Lee saw his fierce drive curl inches wide. When play switched into United's half of the pitch a free kick to the visitors created a chance but a header by the Chapel Town number ten was well saved by Steven Naylor. United's overall display was rather sluggish early in the second half and Chapel Town came close again to getting level several times. But once Beechy had found a better rhythm they quickly dominated possession and went 3-1 up on fifty four minutes courtesy of Mike Phythian who superbly curled the ball into the corner of the net from outside the area. Putting more pressure onto their opponents United stepped up a gear and the Chapel Town keeper somehow pushed the ball onto the crossbar to keep out Jamie Sinnott's powerful strike.
But Chapel Town continued to pose a threat via their varied long ball tactic and on sixty five minutes the visitors number eight forced a brilliant save from Steven Naylor. Two minutes later Beechy made a substitution that saw Louis Duff replacing Craig Massey. A superb move involving Rob Lockley, Jamie Sinnott and Kurtis Lee ended when the latter close range effort rebounded off the keeper. United's fourth goal produced the highlight of the match courtesy of Jamie Sinnott's world class finish in the 75th minute. United's second tactical change resulted in Tom Allcock taking over from Rob Lockley and the Beechy substitution was involved in the build up to the fifth goal. Tom supplied the cross that created the chance for Jamie Sinnott to complete the scoring in the 87th minute.