POSTED: August 30 2019 21:58:41. By Keith Long
- 1-1 Draw Then 1st Team Produce Winning Display
Away to Manchester Gregorians on Saturday 24th August Beechfield United First Team secured a creditable 1-1 draw. On target with Beechy's only goal was leading marksman Kurtis Lee.
Three days later United were rewarded with their first Manchester League victory of the season when they beat Bolton County 3-2 at Ordsall Leisure Centre. A brilliant all-round display from Beechy ended their opponents unbeaten start to the season and the three points gained moved United out of the relegation zone. This evening fixture played on a 4G Astroturf Pitch produced a very fast pace throughout and at one stage Beechy held a two goal lead. Bolton County kicked-off the match putting some early pressure on United's back four and Chris Ferris operating in the right back role defended superbly on three occasions. Also in defensive action were Ethan Birds who's well timed tackles foiled two County forwards attempts to open the scoring while Marcus Belcher and Carl Ravenscroft both made vital clearances. It took United longer than expected to create their first real goal scoring opportunity and in the 17th minute Beechy took the lead when Louis Duff's corner was met by Michele Fresneda who's header sent the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. In midfield Steven Erskine, Michele Fresneda and Louis Duff enjoyed a large percentage of the ball and three minutes later United led 2-0.
Danny Royle supplied a great accurate through ball and after he outpaced a County defender Kurtis Lee added a in-form strikers finish for his thirteenth goal in all friendly and league games. County made United work hard to retain their lead and their No8 fired a swerving effort just wide then United keeper Rob Harrison showed a safe pair of hands when dealing with a free kick from County's No4. But playing with bags of energy and confidence Beechy contributed massively to this very entertaining Premier Division contest. County had a goal disallowed for offside in the 37th minute and twice Carl Ravenscroft made vital interceptions when County attacked with real menace down the right flank. Another Chris Ferris long throw found Danny Royle but a header by United's No10 was well held by the county keeper. Gareth Mooney replaced Steven Erskine at the start of the second half and within a minute of the restart Beechy had a chance of another goal when Michele Fresneda got into a good shooting position only to fire the ball at the keeper.
Passing the ball with real accuracy Bolton County quickly forced United to be more defensively minded and the visitors No7 came close to getting a goal back but he blasted the ball into the side netting. But following a corner after fifty eight minutes County did reduce the arrears when their No9 punished United for a piece of slack defending. On the counter-attack more this half Beechy were limited to a handful of chances and it was United's opponents who threatened to score the next goal and County made it 2-2 via a move through the midfield that ended with the ball deflecting off a Beechy defender and into the net. United were quick to respond from the setback and launching more controlled attacks were rewarded in the 71st minute when Jordan Jones-Waite who had been on the pitch less than three minutes after replacing Danny Royle went on a solo run down the the left flank and hammered the ball low past the keeper with the help of a deflection.
Leading 3-2 Beechy made their final substitution that saw Mike Phythian replace the impressive Michele Fresneda on seventy five minutes. County continued to threaten via the long ball option plus their keeper added to the pressure on Beechy with several massive kicks downfield. The visitors No7 fired the ball high over the crossbar then Kurtis Lee and Gareth Mooney had chances to score a fourth Beechy goal as the rapid action continually switched from end to end. Marcus Belcher, Chris Ferris, Ethan Birds and Carl Ravenscroft plus keeper Rob Harrison produced more excellent defending as County almost forced a late equaliser. Man of the Match was Chris Ferris closely followed by Kurtis Lee.