POSTED: February 18 2022 15:05:05. By Keith Long
- 1st Team January & February 2022.
Beechfield United 1st Team are still looking for their first win in 2022 after two tough Manchester Football League Premier Division home games.
*On Saturday 8th January Beechy suffered a 2-1 defeat despite producing their best performance of the season in the home game with Rochdale Sacred Heart. A strong Beechy line-up including goalkeeper Chris Coates and defender Iduonibin Osaghama who were making their debuts took the lead when Sam Bolton controlled a pinpoint pass from Keenan Switzer and after displaying some dazzling footwork added a excellent finish. The visitors equalised following a corner and after Chris Coates suffered an injury Zach Booth took on the keeper's role with substitute Ashley Ward slotting into midfield. What proved to be the visitors match winning goal was scored by their No20 who fired the ball into the corner of the net from just inside the area after taking advantage of some slack Beechy defending.
Beechy's workrate and committment had to be admired as they created some dynamic attacking soccer and they almost drew level just before half time when Zar Jordan forced an acrobatic save from the Sacred Heart keeper. Straight from the restart the visitors No9 attempted to score from the halfway line but Zach Booth judged the flight of the ball and palmed it over the crossbar. Great link-up play between Leighton Egan, Keenan Switzer and Ashley Ward resulted in an effort by latter hitting the crossbar as the pace of the game went up a level. United's back four Bradley Hodges, Byron Ward, Iduonibin Osaghama and Tom Allcock were outstanding during the latter stages of the second half during which Beechy had a goal disallowed for offside against Callum Davies.
*Still searching for that moral boosting victory Beechy were on the verge of securing a vital point when they met Premier Division leaders Hinsdford at Salford Sports Village and creating a superb all-round display United fought back from two goals down. With the score at 2-2 the match official indicated there were just two minutes of added time to play but somehow that became five minutes and Hindsford scored a dramatic match winning goal. Hit by a real sucker punch United's players and officials were totally convinced on this occasion they had been robbed of achieving a least a draw.
United were 2-0 down at half time but during a brilliant second half display Beechy who were down to ten players after a red card incident produced some of their best football so far this season. Zach Booth, Joe Poyser and David Opiyo defended superbly and both Keenan Switzer and Ryan Rawlings were outstanding in midfield. Kurtis Lee scored both goals for United his first when he was set-up by Ryan Rawlings then he added a top-class finsh following a superb defence splitting pass by Bradley Hodges.