POSTED: May 30 2021 19:13:08. By Keith Long - Beechy Ladies Lose Game They Deserved To Win

After their previous fixture had been postponed Beechy Ladies were back in action on Sunday 23rd May 2021 and lost a game they deserved to win.

Beechy were away to Hyde United Ladies and playing on an excellent Astroturf Pitch produced a brilliant all-round display and at times their attacking play was some of the best seen this season. The hosts kicked off this League Group C game but Beechy created the first positive move involving Aimee Greenwood, Emily Walmsley and Mia Pemberton but Hyde responded and their No12 saw a half volley flash went wide of the target. A great piece of skill with the ball by Sophie Addison set-up a chance for Crystal Barker but an effort from Beechy's midfielder was well held by the Hyde keeper. A corner taken by Mia Pemberton was headed wide by Shauna Smith who was soon back defending when she made a superb tackle to rob Hyde's No11 of the ball in a one on one situation. Sian Anderson made two fine interceptions when Hyde tried to counter-attack down the left flank then Beechy keeper Abi Thirsk denied the hosts No9 with a brilliant piece of goalkeeping.

As they got a tighter grip on the match Beechy were awarded an abundance of free kicks and on one occasion Stacy Partridge saw a curling effort on target saved at the second attempt. Then two minutes later the Hyde keeper was happy to watch the ball curl inches wide following a shot from the edge of the area by Mia Pemberton. Continuing to outplay their opponents Beechy took a deserved lead in the 16th minute when they won another free kick and Stacy Partridge produced a sensational world-class strike when she sent the ball over the stranded Hyde keeper from 35 yards. More excellent quick passing moves from Beechy kept the hosts back four on red alert and once again a mazy run from Sophie Addison left three Hyde players tackling thin air. Beechy had a slice of luck when Hyde's No12 was allowed far too much time and space to fire a shot on target but the ball hit the post and bounced back into play.

Playing with a real swagger Beechy maintained a tight grip on the game but despite decent chances on offer a second goal remained elusive. Crystal Barker went close to hitting the target after Nicola Campion had played the ball between two defenders then Aimee Greenwood and Becky Topping exchanged passes and an effort by the latter almost beat the keeper. (HT 1-0) Hyde United began the second half enjoying more of the ball in the opening ten minutes and a move between the hosts No11 & No9 ended when the latter sent the ball high over the crossbar. Beechy still moved the ball around with pace and accuracy but found decent chances a rarity as the hosts defended better when under pressure. Using the long ball tactic Hyde forced first time clearances from Shauna Smith and Emily Walmsley and Beechy's No12 was unjustly penalised when she clearly made contact with the ball but the referee deemed she had fouled the Hyde No8 and the hosts No7 scored from the resulting free kick to equalise in the fifty second minute .

Beechy suddenly had to find a better foothold in the match and shots by Becky Topping and Mia Pemberton were just off target during a better attacking spell as Beechy showed a bit more aggression. But on sixty five minutes Beechy found themselves 2-1 when Hyde launched a quick counter-attack and Beechy's defence was caught off guard allowing the hosts No10 far too much time and space to slot the ball into the corner of the net. Beechy keeper and Player of the Match Abi Thirsk made another brilliant save after the hosts No9 had timed her run as she chased a long ball hit deep into Beechy's half. Beechy made a couple of tactical changes as they pushed hard for and equaliser and both Mia Pemberton and Stacy Partridge saw efforts drift wide of the target. Nicola Campion had Beechy's best chance of forcing a draw in the last five minutes but somehow an Hyde defender cleared the ball off the goal line. Beechy have two fixtures left to play and on Sunday 13th June they will meet Bolton Lads and Girls Club in the final of the League Two Cup.

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