November 19 2016 20:50:44.
By Keith Long
- Saturday Morning Senior Team Round-Up
Following a indifferent start to the 2016/2017 Season Beechfield United's Saturday Morning Senior Team have recently created a five match unbeaten run. On Saturday 29th October Beechy hit double figures in their Division One home game against North Manchester. After making a ragged start to the contest United found themselves 2-0 down in less than twenty minutes due to a couple of bad defensive mistakes. But gradually Beechy got their act together and creating some superb attacking football took control and had raced into a 5-2 lead at half time. As they continued to move the ball around with breathtaking speed United totally dominated the second forty five minutes and scored six more top quality goals. North Manchester added a third goal late in the game but this came totally against the run of play. Goals for United in their 11-3 victory came via Man of the Match Kane Branigan (4) Wes Pierce (4) Ian Black, Scott Foulds and Tim McQueeney.
Seven days later United met Didsbury FC a team from the Lancashire and Cheshire Football League in the Manchester FA Amateur Cup. Beechy's overall display was below their normally high standard but they went 1-0 up in the first half thanks to an excellent goal from Damon Whitbread. United's opponents worked hard throughout this Round 3 tie and following a goalkeeping error late in the game Didsbury were gifted an equalising goal. Competition rules stated extra time was not required so the teams were suddenly involved in a penalty shoot-out. Beechy booked their place in the next round after winning the spot-kick decider 5-4.
Team changes had to be made prior to United's league fixture with Parswood Thursday who occupied bottom place in the Division One table. The Parswood keeper was kept busy in the early stages and denied Beechy several goals until he was beaten close to the half hour mark when Roy Owen scored what proved to be United's match winning goal. Beechy were always the better team and creating chances galore should have been celebrating more than a 1-0 victory. Daniel Eckersley was voted Man of the Match.