February 07 2019 20:45:51.
By Keith Long
- Hot-Shot Tim On Target Twice In Vital 6-0 Win
Determined to put an end to a four game losing streak were Beechfield United Saturday Morning Senior Team who finally earned themselves a moral boosting victory and two stunning goals from Tim McQueeney helped Beechy secure a 6-0 home win over Alkrington FC. Due to heavy overnight frost all other fixtures in the Manchester Saturday Morning League were postponed but United's Astroturf Pitch at Salford Sports Village provided a perfect playing surface. In Division 1 Beechy made a nervy start and it was the visitors who created the first goal scoring opportunity but an effort by the Alkrington No10 missed the target. United opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Max Leonard added the finish to a superb move involving Issiaka Saba, Scott Foulds and Kyle Mears but Alkrington responded immediately and quickly put heavy pressure Beechy's back four of John Bolton, Kyle Walton, Matthew Swift and Adrian Perez. Producing a great bit of skill was Kyle Mears who's accurate through ball sent Max Leonard racing clear and United's main striker should have hit the target again.
Numerous offside decisions frustrated Alkrington as Beechy continued to waste possession in all areas of the pitch though slowly United did find a better rhythm and a couple of long range shots from Daniel Eckersley flashed just wide. Another chance for Max Leonard went begging after he had been set-up by a superbly disguised pass from Dean Quinn. Always a threat courtesy of the counter-attack Alkrington forced more important defending from Beechy and both Kyle Walton and John Bolton were forced to produce vital headed clearances and United keeper Chris Pollock made two crucial saves just before Beechy added their second goal that arrived after twenty minutes. Daniel Eckersley sent a brilliant lofted pass over the last defender and Max Leonard made no mistake on this occasion as he coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. More forceful counter-attacking play from Alkrington kept United's defenders on constant alert and this time great last ditch tackles by Matthew Swift and Kyle Walton kept the visitors at bay.
Then just after the half hour mark Beechy took a 3-0 lead following a move started by Kyle Mears that saw a swerving effort from Dean Quinn saved by the agile Alkrington keeper but Max Leonard got to the rebound first and side footed the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick. Two mazy runs down the right wing by Scott Foulds almost added to United's goals tally but the visitors somehow escaped further punishment. Continuing to move the ball around at a brisk pace Alkrington still managed to create some decent chances with their No10 always at the forefront of his teams most prominent attacks. Due to an injury Daniel Eckersley had to retire and was replaced by Tim McQueeney who created the major headlines in the second half. During a scrappy period of play early in the second period Beechy had to produce some solid defending as the visitors strived to reduce the arrears. A double substitution took place when Adam Boakes and Milan Bajgai took over from John Bolton and Issiaka Saba prior to a brilliantly executed free kick by Dean Quinn making it 4-0 in the 52nd minute.
Beechy Manager Graham Rothwell continued to use the roll-on-roll-off substitute rule that saw Ben Rothwell and Tom Helsby replace Matthew Swift and Dean Quinn. Full credit to Alkrington who worked hard in an attempt to find a way back into the match but the visitors failed to create enough clear cut chances. United's accurate passing game had suddenly lots some of it's sparkle but the match was lit up again after sixty four minutes. Man of the Match Kyle Mears delivered a crossfield pass from the left wing that was met by Tim McQueeney who produced a sensational finish when he volleyed the ball past the keeper from 35 yards for goal number five. Max Leonard wasted a couple of easy chances with only the keeper to beat and the Alkrington goalie then denied Kyle Mears a goal via a fingertip save. As United searched for more goals Scott Foulds jinked his way past a couple of opponents and his cross found Tom Helsby who from close range diverted the ball onto the crossbar. United's sixth goal completed a satisfactory display from Beechy following another spectacular finish from Tim McQueeney. (Match Played on 2/2/2019)