POSTED: April 19 2021 15:36:13. By Keith Long
- Senior Section Match Details 10/4/2021
On Saturday 10th April 2021 Beechfield United 1st Team and the A Team were involved in Cup Games in the Manchester Football League while Beechy Aces had a Division 2 fixture in the Saturday Morning League.
Away to Walshaw Sports in the Gilgryst Cup Beechy's 1st Team lost 2-1 following this Group B fixture. United went a goal down about the ten minute mark but gradually finding a much better rhythm and playing some really attractive soccer came close to an equalising goal. Against the run of play Walshaw Sports took a two goal lead after thirty five minutes though Beechy reduced the arrears before half time via Man of the Match Joe Fath who scored with a brilliant volley off the crossbar.
In the second half United were the better team but had to be defensively minded because Walshaw Sports constantly played on the counter-attack. Despite having a large percentage of the ball Beechy were unable to make the vital breakthrough to find another goal and earn themselves at least a draw. The best chance fell to Danny Royle who's free kick went just over the crossbar.
In the Open Trophy Beechy's A Team who suffered a 5-2 defeat to Wilmslow Albion Reserves were guilty of some poor defending especially in the first half. Due to snow on Wilmslow's pitch the tie was switched to United's home venue and Beechy made the worst possible start when they conceded the opening goal in the 2nd minute. A slick passing move between Zack Booth and Josh Main-Quinn set-up a chance for Zar Jordan but he couldn't force the ball past the keeper. Then Josh Main-Quinn side footed the ball over the crossbar as United craved for an equaliser just before Wilmslow's No7 who looked offside before he put the visitors 2-0 up after nine minutes. The Wilmslow keeper made a fine save to deny an effort by Sam Bolton then on twelve minutes Beechy received a further setback when they trailed 3-0 following another piece of woeful defending.
Chances for Josh Main-Quinn, Sam Bolton and Zar Jordan went begging as United found gaps within Wilmslow's rear-guard. The visitors were gifted their fourth goal in the 18th minute and as Beechy who continued to waste good chances almost went 5-0 down. But on the half hour mark a relieved United outfit managed to reduce the arrears through Keenan Switzer who fired the ball low into the net off the post after a pinpoint cross from Zar Jordan. Wilmslow's method of getting the ball forward to their dangerous No9 never allowed Beechy's defenders any time to relax throughout the match. In the 35th minute Keenan Switzer worked hard to win the ball in midfield and his accurate long pass found Josh Main-Quinn and he made up for his earlier misses when he produced a clinical finish for 4-2. A superb goal line clearance by Deren Saunders just prior to half time foiled the visitors No9 who was looking for his hat-trick.
Making a fast start to the second half United knew they needed an improved performance during the next forty five minutes but Wilmslow soon looked a greater threat on the counter-attack. Another accurate long pass by Keenan Switzer sent Sam Bolton racing down the right wing and his cross into the area was met by Josh Main-Quinn who curled the ball just over the crossbar. Wilmslow were reduced to ten players after their No4 received a second yellow card but the visitors never allowed Beechy the luxury of having the extra player. Wilmslow's agile keeper made an excellent one-handed save following a corner then he managed to divert Zar Jordan's volley for a United corner. Once again when Beechy had high hopes of a comeback they were caught napping and slack defending gift wrapped the visitors their fifth goal in the 58th minute.
Team changes by United were inevitable and substitutes Callum Davies, Kane Rowley and Nathan Bester were soon involved in the explosive action. From midfield Man of the Match Zach Booth continued to drive Beechy forward but Wilmslow's back four remained well organised and happy to soak up the pressure. Wasted possession plus more missed chances frustrated United as their goal scoring touch continued to desert them and Sam Bolton, Josh Main-Quinn and Zar Jordan should have hit the target in the last ten minutes. Callum Davies was inches away from a goal when his brilliant attempt off his right foot bounced back into play off the crossbar. Next Fixture is away to Bolton County Reserves on 24/4/2021.