POSTED: May 11 2017 21:04:30. By Keith Long
- Belcher Hat-Trick In Thrilling 4-2 Away Win
United's First Team travelled to play Govan Athletic who occupied next to bottom place in the Division 1 table and returned to winning ways thanks to a 4-2 victory. Beechy quickly found their rhythm and Rob Lockley and Craig Massey playing out wide on the flanks constantly got behind the opposition's back four causing all sorts of problems. But United had to wait until the 30th minute before taking the lead when Gary Wallis started a great passing move from the back which resulted in Craig Massey setting-up Alfie Belcher who held off a defenders challenge before producing a fine finish low into the bottom corner of the net. Beechy were in cruise control but just before half time a defensive mistake gifted Govan Athletic an equaliser. After a solid start to the second half United were let down by another defensive error and against the run of play the Govan striker put the hosts back in front on the hour mark.
But within ten minutes Beechy got back level when substitute Louis Duff provided a great cross to the back post and Jamie Sinnott produced a bit of magic leaving a defender totally embarrassed before squaring the ball for Alfie Belcher who had a simple finish for 2-2. Beechy now with the momentum did a quick reshuffle for the last fifteen minutes playing with a back three. Always looking the more dangerous team going forward United regained the lead in the 85th minute. Steven Erskine won the ball in midfield and played it through to Jamie Sinnott who easily beat an opponent before firing it past the keeper with his left foot. Three minutes later it got even better as Louis Duff after winning the ball in his own half went on a solo run and neatly set-up Jamie Sinnott who beat a Govan defender twice before unselfishly passing to Alfie Belcher who completed his hat trick that guaranteed Beechy the three points and a thrilling 4-2 win. (Match Played 29th April 2017)