POSTED: February 18 2022 14:17:44. By Keith Long
- A Rare 0-0 Draw For Beechy Ladies
In the Greater Manchester Womens League Beechfield United Ladies were involved in a rare 0-0 draw following their home game on Sunday 13th February 2022 with Droylsden Ladies.
*Beechy who made a couple of team changes prior to this Division One fixture were looking for a winning league double over their opponents. It was the visitors who created the games first real attack when Droylsden's No9 and No6 combined in a quick passing move and it was the latter who's effort missed the target. A few loose passes by Beechy allowed Droylsden the opportunity to create several counter-attacks featuring their tall No8. Both Stacy Partridge and Monique Pollard supplied a couple of quality long passes in the direction of Sophie Addison who made two surging runs into the penalty area. In the midfield Becky Gregory, Becky Topping and Amie Barratt linked-up well in several promising moves which forced Droylsden to defend much deeper.
Two well judged headed clearances by Shauna Smith and a fairly comfortable save from Beechy keeper Bethany Hill helped frustrate the visitors attempt to grab an early goal. Droylsden's keeper became more involved and displayed a safe pair of hands when dealing with well taken free kicks by Kirsten Elrick and Stacy Partridge. The visitors continually found Beechy's back four Kirsten Elrick, Megan Mirfield, Shauna Smith and Monique Pollard difficult to breakdown and it was the latter who made a superb tackle in the area when the Droylsden No8 got herself into a possible goalscoring position. Another free kick by Stacy Partridge forced the Droylsden No5 to concede a corner and following the flag kick the ball bounced outside the area and Becky Topping fired it just wide of the target.
A great swift passing move between Becky Gregory and Amie Barratt almost created a chance for Sophie Addison who minutes later went close to opening the scoring. Then a superb counter-attack involving Amiee Greenwood, Kirsten Elrick and Stacy Partridge opened up the Droylsden defence but another decent chance went begging. Beechy deserved a goal after dominating possession for long periods as Droylsden continued to rely on their overworked back four. Excellent play between Becky Topping, Aimee Greenwood and Amie Barratt carved out a opening for Becky Gregory who forced a fine save from the visitors keeper. When Droylsden mounted more counter-attacks Kirsten, Shauna, Megan and Monique remained well organised and this guaranteed keeper Bethany Hill a comfortable first forty five minutes.
Making a casual start in the second half Beechy wasted possession in the opening ten minutes but they slowly got their act together and a well worked move involving Becky Gregory, Becky Topping and Stacy Partridge set-up a chance for Sophie Addison who was just off target. Safe handling by Bethany Hill and first class defending from Shauna Smith and Megan Mirfield dealt with more threatening attacks from the visitors. Stacy Partridge was inches away from a goal when her low drive from the edge of the area bounced off the post and back into play then the Droylsden keeper did well to deal with Stacy's swerving free kick. The game continued to switch from end to end and Bethany Hill made a vital save after the visitors No11 forced her way into the area.
Aimee Greenwood, Kirsten Elrick and Amie Barratt help set-up a very good chance for Sophie Addison who was foiled by the brave Droylsden goalkeeper. Monique Pollard was forced to leave the pitch due to an injury and was replaced by Rosie Moorcroft and a few minutes later Emily Walmsley took over from Megan Mirfield. There was another excellent save by Bethany Hill while Shauna Smith, Kirsten Elrick and Becky Gregory all defended superbly during a tense last ten minutes. Sophie Addison fired the ball wide of the target following a brilliant move between Amie Barratt and Becky Topping and the last piece of real action arrived when Player of the Match Stacy Partridge curled the ball into the side netting following a free kick.