POSTED: March 18 2022 20:23:17. By Keith Long
- Three Wins On The Bounce For Sat Morn Team
Turning their attention to the Manchester Evening News Cup Beechfield United Saturday Morning Open Age Team met Hewlett FC at home in the Quarter-Finals on 5th March 2022.
Beechy who were favourites to win the tie produced a low-key first half display but stepping up a gear in the second half booked their place in the semi-finals following a 4-0 victory. The visitors kicked-off the tie but United were soon on the attack with Hal Birtles and Scott Foulds linking-up well down the right wing. A surging run by Danny Browne who was operating in a defensive role won Beechy an early corner then Matthew McDermott and Marlon Barlow combined but the final forward pass intended for Max Leonard was overhit. A few decent counter-attacks from the visitors resulted in United's keeper Chris Pollock being thrust into the action and he made a couple of vital saves.
Great play between Issiaka Saba and Max Leonard created a superb move on the left wing but the latter fired his effort on target straight at the keeper from just inside the area. Beechy moved the ball around confidently from back to front but Hewlett's back four remained a solid unit especially in the first forty five minutes. An accurate crossfield pass from Will Davidson sent Issiaka Saba on a run into the area but a well timed tackle denied the Beechy youngster the chance of opening the scoring. Several times the Hewlett No9 was caught offside as the visitors created some positive attacking football focused down the right flank. Another superb long pass by Matthew McDermott sent Scott Foulds racing clear but the Hewlett keeper saved a low drive by United's winger with his feet.
The visitors No13 missed a great chance when he arrived in the area looking to add the finish to a pinpoint cross from the right wing. Hewlett continued to force Beechy to work overtime and United's back four Hal Birtles, Matthew McDermott, Danny Browne and Adam Boakes responded with some top-class defending. A brilliant move between Marlon Barlow, Hal Birtles, Wes Pierce and Danny Browne ended when the latter fired the ball off target. Close to half time Chris Pollock made a comfortable save following a counter-attack down the left wing involving Hewlett's No8 and No10. Beechy quickly took control of the game in the second half and on fifty three minutes grabbed the lead when Hal Birtles supplied a great forward pass to Scott Foulds who's low cross found the unmarked Wes Pierce and his close range finish easily beat the keeper.
Beechy's substitutes Danny Alder and Damon Whitbread replaced Issiaka Saba and Will Davidson and continuing to create some quality attacking football United went 2-0 up when Scott Foulds controlled a perfectly pass from Marlon Barlow before adding a decisive finish. Max Leonard added the third goal after United's top goalscorer timed his run past a couple of defenders to receive a superb through ball from Matthew McDermott. Minutes later following a foul in the area on Wes Pierce United were guaranteed the victory when Max Leonard completed the scoring with the resulting spot-kick.