POSTED: December 18 2020 18:45:14. By Keith Long
- Local Derby Win For Beechy A Team
After a five week lay-off Beechfield United's in-form A Team were back in action against local rivals Moorside Rangers Reserves and secured a 4-0 victory.
With home advantage Beechy were looking to make it three wins on the trot to keep themselves in the Manchester League's Division 4 title race. Conditions were ideal for football and Rangers looked full of confidence as the match began at a fairly fast pace and a couple of shots from outside the area by the visitors drifted wide of the target. United's keeper Keaton Rimmer soon displayed some excellent handling when under pressure and his long kicks downfield had Rangers back peddling at times. A brilliant move from back to front between Byron Ward, Sam Bolton and Callum Davies ended when the latter shot wide from about eighteen yards. Great play between Zach Booth and Keenan Switzer carved out a chance for Kane Rowley who found enough space to blast the ball at the target only to see it deflect off a Rangers defender and into the keepers hands. The visitors produced some quality attacking with the Rangers No14 a major influence from his central midfield position.
Sam Bolton side footed the ball wide following a surging run down the left wing by Josh Main-Quinn who had a quiet game by his standards but his movement off the ball was still impressive. Continuing to look dangerous going forward Rangers forced some vital defending from United's well organised back four of Byron Ward, Kurtis Lee, Josh Egan and Tom Allcock who remained rock solid. A superb first time pass from Kane Rowley went between two Rangers defenders and winning possession was Josh Main-Quinn but with only the keeper to beat United's No9 wasted the chance to open the scoring. As expected their was a competitive edge to the match and despite wasting possession on numerous Beechy worked hard in all areas of the pitch as they frustrated Rangers attempt to control the game. Keaton Rimmer made another smart save and quickly rolled the ball out to Kurtis Lee who hit a brilliant long diagonal pass to Callum Davies who's cross into the area failed to find a teammate.
Beechy took the lead just before the half hour mark when Josh Egan's effort forced a fine reaction save from the busy Rangers keeper who conceded a corner and following the flag kick Sam Bolton rose highest to plant a header high into the net. Rangers produced a positive response but despite more aggressive attacking the visitors failed to breakdown United rock solid defence and Beechy went 2-0 up on thirty nine minutes. United won another corner taken again by Callum Davies and he played the ball to Keenan Switzer who evaded a challenge from the Rangers No17 and hammered it low past the keeper from an acute angle. The visitors earned themselves another corner and when the ball was curled into the area the Rangers No10 who was left unmarked saw his header drop the wrong side of the post. A similar pattern developed as play resumed after the break with Rangers testing United's back four with their varied style of play and once again Beechy keeper Keaton Rimmer displayed his highly rated goalkeeping ability.
Tom Allcock who was named Man of the Match advanced down the left flank and his cross was volleyed wide by Callum Davies then a couple of minutes later Kane Rowley suffered the same fate. Maintaining their grip on the game Beechy added their third goal via Callum Davies who scored at the second attempt following a great move involving Kurtis Lee, Tom Allcock and Keenan Switzer. Zar Jordan and Tommy Walker replaced Josh Main-Quinn and Zach Booth and Rangers also made a couple of substitutions and the visitors still had a decent share of the ball without really threatening the possibility of a comeback. Both Bradley Hodges and Kyle Galbraith came off the bench when United's Manager Mark McWilliams made two more tactical changes in the last twenty minutes. Another blistering run from Tom Allcock resulted in Beechy adding goal number four when a fierce shot by United's No3 was saved by the Rangers keeper but in the right place at the right time was Sam Bolton who fired home the rebound from close range.