POSTED: April 30 2021 09:44:37. By Keith Long
- Callum The Beechy Ronaldo
The Open Trophy tie between Beechfield United A Team and Bolton County Reserves was definitely a game of two halves and creating the headlines was United's leading marksman Callum Davies.
With just eleven players available United were guilty of a poor first half performance and were lucky to be just 1-0 down at the break. Bolton County made an explosive start and attacking down both flanks forced Beechy to produce some heroic defending. A swerving pinpoint cross from County's No7 was fisted away by United keeper Joe Haye and following the hosts first corner central defender Deren Saunders was happy to clear the ball downfield. Playing with a real swagger Bolton County threatened to score at the end of every attack and from another corner the hosts No10 sent a powerful header over the crossbar. The rock hard pitch made control of the ball difficult at times but County adapted better than United and took the lead in the 13th minute.
Beechy failed to defend against an in swinging corner kick and conceded a soft goal when the ball as forced into the net during a goalmouth scramble. Beechy did produce glimpses of quality attacking play and in one move Zach Booth and Jamie Sinnott combined to set-up Sam Bolton who's effort flashed wide of the target. More slick attacking moves from Bolton County continued to cause problems for Beechy forcing some valiant defending from Bradley Hodges, Kyle Galbraith and Deren Saunders. United conceded far too many free kicks and following one dead ball situation County's loud appeals for a penalty were waved away by the match official. Joe Haye rescued Beechy with three vital saves when County's high energy style of play continued to supply the hosts with more good chances.
During a swift counter-attack by United Sam Bolton cleverly beat a couple of opponents and sent the ball onto Callum Davies but Beechy's leading goal scorer side footed his effort over the crossbar. There was another scare for United when the County No8 volleyed the ball just wide after a free kick and the hosts were still attacking when the referee blew for half time. If Beechy's first half display had been nothing short of chaotic it was a complete reversal in the second forty five minutes because straight from the restart United stepped up a gear and equalised. Sam Bolton angled the ball to Zach Booth who easily went past a couple of County players and his cross found Keenan Switzer who drilled the ball home from about twelve yards.
Great running off the ball by Callum Davies was a big feature in the second period and he exchanged passes with Keenan Switzer who's low drive forced a diving save from the County keeper. Beechy had totally raised their game and suddenly a joy to watch going forward were keen to show their opponents that their first half performance was just a minor blip. Following a swift counter-attack involving Kyle Galbraith and Keenan Switzer after beating the hosts flimsy offside trap Callum Davies raced clear and superbly lobbed the ball over the keeper to give United the lead. Just a few minutes later Beechy went 3-1 up after a terrific solo run by Kyle Galbraith won United a free kick and from outside the area Callum Davies hammered the ball with real venom high into the net.
Showing greater composure all over the pitch Beechy attacked non-stop and added their fourth goal around the 68th minute mark when Callum Davies completed his hat-trick via another world-class finish. Always believing they could score again Bolton County created a few decent moves mostly down the left wing but Beechy's right back Bradley Hodges confidently dealt with the threat. A powerful strike by Jamie Sinnott flashed wide of the target prior to Callum Davies creating the highlight of the match when he collected a pass from Sam Bolton and put United 5-1 up in the 78th minute courtesy of a stunning right footed finish. Three minutes later Zach Booth completed the scoring and during the last piece of action Joe Haye produced an excellent one handed save following a free kick.