November 23 2018 23:12:39.
By Keith Long
- Five Goals And Three More Points For 1st Team
An In-form Beechfield United 1st Team increased their winning streak in the Manchester Football League to three games. Beechy were away to Chadderton Reserves and secured three vital Premier Division points thanks to a 5-2 victory. Making a couple of team changes United quickly had to defend against a flux of free kicks and Beechy keeper Andrew Richardson was soon in action in the first ninety seconds. United created their first real attack down the left flank and a promising move involving Jordan Jones-Waite only succeeded in winning Beechy a throw-in. But Beechy were slow in adapting to the pace of the game and two great tackles by Matthew McNally temporary denied the hosts an early goal. But in the 8th minute Chadderton took the lead after a long ball from the home teams No6 easily found a team mate wearing the No9 shirt and he ran clear to score the opening goal. Just three minutes later United equalised when at the end of a mazy run Jordan Jones-Waite was fouled inside the area and taking the spot-kick himself easily beat the keeper for 1-1.
Slowly Beechy began to produce some stylish attacking football and in one slick move Carl Ravenscroft and Mike Phythian forced a corner off Chadderton's No2. Another fine piece of play involving Matthew McNally, Chris Ferris and Kurtis Lee ended when the latter fired the ball straight at the keeper. Chadderton always looked a threat going forward but they relied heavily on their skilful No10 to try and breakdown United's back four of Louis Duff, Luke Johnston, Matthew McNally and Carl Ravenscroft. On twenty minutes United led 2-1 when a corner taken by Jamie Sinnott was partly cleared by a Chadderton defender and from just outside the area Louis Duff volleyed the ball through a crowded goalmouth and into the net. Briefly Chadderton forced Beechy to concede free kicks in dangerous areas but United confidently dealt with any pressure and added their third goal. Carl Ravenscroft's inch perfect pass found Kurtis Lee and he held off a defenders robust challenge before producing a superb finish.
Andrew Richardson made a smart save to keep out an effort from Chadderton's No4 but around the half hour mark the home teams No1 continued to be the busiest of the two goalkeepers. Mike Phythian, Chris Ferris and Ethan Birds were all having great games in midfield helping to maintain a constant flow of dominant United attack. Long kicks sent deep into United's opponents half by the Beechy keeper tested the hosts strengths in the air and Chadderton's centre half showed his ability with several well timed headed clearances. Jamie Sinnott and Jordan Jones-Waite linked-up superbly in a quick one-two move and the ball was at the feet of Ethan Birds who's low drive was well saved by the hosts keeper. Beechy's fourth goal arrived about three minutes before the break thanks to a superbly disguised pass by Carl Ravenscroft plus a great piece of skill and world class finish from Jordan Jones-Waite.
Chadderton began the second half enjoying a greater share of the ball and a chance was on offer for their No9 but he hammered his effort wide of the target. Hasty clearances from Luke Johnston and Matthew McNally briefly kept the hoists at bay but having changed their formation Chadderton now played with slightly more freedom. Via a quick counter-attack Jordan Jones-Waite and Jamie Sinnott opened up the Chadderton defence only for the latter to curl the ball wide. Once again United conceded far too many direct free kicks and after one set-piece Andrew Richardson made a fine reaction save to deny the hosts No11 a goal. After fifty nine minutes a superb strike from twenty yards by Chadderton's No8 earned his team their second goal and the chance of a possible comeback. The pattern of the match was a lot different to the first half and despite being guilty of too many wasted passes Beechy's main aim was maintaining their two goal lead as Chadderton threatened to score again.
The home teams most influential player their No10 hit the post with a swerving effort from at least twenty yards. Brilliant defending from Louis Duff, Luke Johnston, Matthew McNally and Carl Ravenscroft was vital as Beechy's defensive back line had to soak up the pressure. United did create a few lightning counter-attacks but they rarely tested the Chadderton keeper in the second half. On one occasion Jamie Sinnott set-up Kurtis Lee who's volley drifted past the post but United's striker atoned for this miss when he controlled a pass from Louis Duff and unselfishly sent the ball onto Jordan Jones-Waite who completed his hat-trick with goal number five. Ethan Birds angled a great through ball to Jamie Sinnott and he nearly added a sixth Beechy goal then when play switched to the other end of the pitch the Chadderton No7 saw his stunning strike bounce back into play off the crossbar. United's Man of the Match was Carl Ravenscroft.