POSTED: March 25 2022 15:25:02. By Keith Long
- Brilliant Beechy Ladies Secure Superb 2-1 Victory
Producing one of their best performances so far this season Beechy Ladies extended their unbeaten run in the Greater Manchester Womens League to five games.
Despite having only twelve players available for this Division One away game on Sunday 20th March 2022 Beechy beat Hyde United Ladies 2-1 and their fantastic team spirit was clearly visible after the final whistle as the players celebrated a fully deserved victory. Beechy made a dream start when in less than ninety seconds they were awarded a penalty for handball and Stacy Partridge hammered home the resulting spot-kick to open the scoring. Beechy's goalkeeper Alice Mosley was soon involved in the action making a couple of fine saves the latter following a swerving free kick by the Hyde No10. Monique Pollard created a surging run down the left wing and her pinpoint low cross found Sophie Addison who had a chance to increase Beechy's lead.
In a congested midfield Beechy's main quartet Amie Barratt, Stacy Partridge, Becky Topping and Becky Topping worked non-stop against their hard tackling opponents. Long kicks downfield by the tall Hyde United keeper tested the ability of Beechy's back four Kirsten Elrick, Megan Mirfield, Bethany Hill and Monique Pollard when dealing with the ball bouncing off the artifical surface. Following more positive counter-attacking play Beechy forced a couple of successive corners and on one occasion Becky Topping's flag kick the ball was acrambled to safety by a relieved Hyde United defender. The hosts created several attacks down both wings as they searched for an equalising goal but Beechy's well organised defence denied Hyde's forwards the opportunity to get enough shots on target.
Another solo run by Monique Pollard won a corner and when the ball was cleared out of the area an effort from Stacy Partridge flew just wide of the target. Then the latter was involved in a great move with Aimee Armsden, Becky Topping and Player of the Match Becky Gregory that created another chance for Sophie Addison. Following more brilliant defending Beechy quickly put the pressure back on their opponents and two good moves featuring Aimee Armsden and Amie Barratt ended when the latter and Becky Gregory were denied a goal by the alert Hyde keeper.
Hyde United's No10 blasted the ball over the crossbar from outside the area then Alice Mosley saved a low drive on target from the hosts No11. The match continued to be played at a brisk pace as the action moved swiftly from end to end and when the referee ended a lively first half Beechy still held their one goal advantage. Kirsten Elrick who had sustained an injury was replaced at the start of the second half by Aimee Greenwood and Amie Barratt reverted to a more forward position while Sophie Addison slotted in at right back. At the end of a counter-attack Aimee Armsden produced a great piece of skill to go past a Hyde defender and force a reflex save from the hosts keeper. Producing a burst of speed Hyde's No17 ran unchallenged from her own half but her attempt to score ended when she fired the ball into the side-netting.
Aimee Greenwood and Becky Topping combined in a move sending Sophie Addison on a mazy run and eventually Beechy won a another corner. Stacy Partridge took the flag kick curling the ball into a crowded area and Bethany Hill put Beechy 2-0 up via a close range header after fifty three minutes. Hyde United quickly forced Beechy back into a defensive mode as the hosts created several threatening attacks especially down the left flank. The hosts reduced the arrears via their No17 who appeared to be in an offside position after receiving the ball but she advanced forward into the area before adding a powerful low finish. Beechy responded to the setback and a terrific move between Becky Gregory, Aimee Greenwood and Amie Barratt set-up Sophie Addison who's volley just missed the target.
The hosts enjoyed more of the ball but some great defending by Bethany Hill and Monique Pollard plus a vital save from Alice Mosley kept Beechy's opponents at bay. Due to an ankle injury Becky Gregory had to be replaced by the brave Kirsten Elrick in the 70th minute then soon after Stacy Partridge was forced to retire and Becky bravely was back on the pitch in her place. A loud appeal for a penalty by the Hyde United players was rejected by the match official who instead awarded the hosts a corner. More excellent defending from Kirsten Elrick, Megan Mirfield, Bethany Hill and Monique Pollard continually denied the hosts the chance to force a equaliser in the closing stages.