POSTED: January 21 2020 20:19:00. By Keith Long
- 2nd Successive New Year Defeat For 1st Team
Beechfield United First Team continue to seek their first win of 2020 after they lost 6-2 away to Springhead FC. Seven days earlier Beechy suffered a 5-0 defeat when they played Heyside FC at Salford Sports Village.
United made the worst possible start against Springhead when they went 1-0 down after just three minutes. The hosts launched an attack down the left flank and a pinpoint cross was met by Springhead's No9 who was left unmarked and he fired the ball low into the corner of the net. On a heavy pitch Beechy worked hard to retain possession with Chris Ferris, Ethan Birds and Jamie Sinnott involved in some promising counter-attacks and a long range effort by the latter forced an acrobatic save from the Springhead keeper. Playing down a slight slope Springhead continued to put United's defenders under pressure and Mike Rogerson, John Purcell and Luke Johnston made several hasty clearances. Beechy trailed 2-0 in the 19th minute and two minutes conceded a third goal following a powerful header by the hosts No8 leaving United keeper Robert Harrison stranded in the area.
Gradually Beechy enjoyed a better spell of possession and a swift move involving Louis Duff and Gareth Mooney set-up a chance for Jamie Sinnott but he fired the ball over the crossbar. Springhead's No7 raced clear on a solo run and his low cross was diverted onto the post by a teammate wearing the No8 shirt. Continuing to play some fast attacking football Springhead at times tested United's back four to the limit and Beechy were happy to hear the whistle for half time. United made a couple of changes at the start of the second half with Luke Johnston taking on the role of goalkeeper and Kurtis Lee playing as the main striker. Within ninety seconds of the restart Luke Johnston was in action making a brilliant save to keep out an effort from the Springhead No7. The hosts went 4-0 up in the 48th minute via a free header by their No9 and Beechy worked hard to stay in the game but found chances few and far between.
On fifty five minutes United conceded a fifth goal and a scrappy period developed before Springhead scored their sixth goal courtesy of their No8 who was probably the hosts best player on the day. Producing a whole hearted fightback in the latter stages Beechy reduced the arrears when Craig Massey supplied the pass that ended with a header from Kurtis Lee beating the keeper and though Springhead disputed the goal it was awarded after the referee consulted his assistant. A superb finish by Kurtis Lee after another great pass from Craig Massey produced United's second goal and completed the scoring.