POSTED: February 04 2020 15:05:13. By Keith Long
- Goals Galore As Reserves Stroll to Victory
Bolton Lads Club v Beechfield United Reserves 1/2/2020.
Following a dominant all-round display in their away game at Bolton Lads Club an in-form Beechfield United Reserve team secured three vital points that kept them firmly in the Division 5 title race. United moved into fourth place in the league table thanks to a 7-2 victory but after enjoying at least 70% possession Beechy created enough chances to hit double figures. Manager Mark McWilliams had just twelve players available for the trip to Hacken Bridge Lane and on the hosts artificial pitch Beechy quickly found a good rhythm as they moved the ball around with both speed and accuracy. United forced numerous throw-in’s and after three minutes Tom McCandless won Beechy’s first corner that caused a slight goalmouth scramble. A strong gusty wind didn’t really affect the flow of the game and in the 6th minute United took the lead after Ben Shiels won the ball in midfield and his pass found Keenan Switzer who added a brilliant finish from about twenty yards. Bolton lads created a few counter-attacks focused down the left flank but both Deren Saunders and David McCarthy were alert to any danger and produced some assured defending. There was a fairly brisk pace to the game and United went 2-0 up via Tom McCandless when he ran onto an accurate pass from Keenan Switzer and held off a defenders challenge before hammering the ball past the keeper.
Left back Lucas Morgan was able to get forward down the flank using the ball intelligently and if Bolton Lads attempted to exploit the space behind Lucas then George Switzer was always available to deal with any threats the hosts could offer. More fast attacking soccer from Beechy involved Danny Lee, Mason White and Keenan Switzer and the latter saw an effort hit the post following a cleverly disguised pass by Tom McCandless. Keeper Jason Rodgers was virtually a spectator in the opening twenty five minutes as United’s back four denied Bolton Lads no real opportunities to get at least one attempt on target. Close to the half hour mark Beechy who should have been at least five goals ahead added their third goal when Keenan Switzer won the ball off a Bolton Lads defender and sent Ben Shiels on a clear run and he added a stunning finish that gave the keeper no chance. Bolton Lads No4 was at the heart of his teams battle to try and stem the flow of non-stop Beechy attacks and David McCarthy who got forward during one swift move fired the ball just wide of the target.
At the start of the second half substitute Alex Gorny replaced Tom McCandless who had taken a knock on his ankle during the first half. United had the ball in the hosts net again but an offside decision ruined another excellent quick passing move but Beechy quickly built more fast flowing attacks and eased their way into 4-0 lead through Mason White who once again minutes later beat the offside trap and netted the fifth goal. Bolton Lads had no Plan B to try and stop United’s quest to score more goals and number six was the pick of the bunch after Byron Ward’s excellent through ball picked out Danny Lee in acres of space and United’s midfield man advanced into the area before blasting the ball beyond the keeper.
Beechy had displayed a superb high fitness level throughout the match and were rewarded with goal number seven when after sheer persistence to regain possession Man of the Match Keenan Switzer supplied an inch perfect pass that resulted in Mason White completing his hat trick. Continuing to enjoy a greater share of the ball United carved out enough chances to have added to their goals tally but they appeared to relax their grip on the game in the last twelve minutes. Bolton Lads No9 fired the ball just wide then the hosts No8 forced a one handed save from Jason Rodgers during Bolton Lads best spell of possession in the match. On eighty one minutes a powerfully struck free kick by the hosts No6 reduced the arrears and after a piece of slack defending by United the Bolton Lads No10 completed the scoring when he was given far too much time and space on the edge of the area to rifle the ball into the net.