POSTED: November 07 2020 19:49:06. By Keith Long - Utd A Team Recover From 3-1 Down


On Saturday 24th October 2020 Beechfield United A Team were at home to Old Alts and had to recover from 3-1 down after twenty five minutes in this Manchester Football League Division 4 fixture.

Beechy who eventually secured a 5-3 victory conceded the opening goal in less than three minutes but they quickly responded and equalised within three minutes when a effort by Josh Main-Quinn hit the crossbar and Jamie Sinnott netted the rebound from close range. Both teams moved the ball around at a brisk pace on the artificial surface and Old Alts forced a couple of reflex saves from United keeper Joe Haye. Two terrific long passes from Tom Allcock and Keenan Switzer sent Josh Main-Quinn flying down the right wing and twice low crosses by Beechy's No9 caused problems for the visitors defence. More accurate passing moves involving Sam Bolton, David McCarthy and Keenan Switzer created chances for United to take the lead as the pace of the game went up a level. Following a counter-attack by the visitors the ball was angled across the pitch and Old Alts regained the lead when their No8 executed a low finish from just outside the area in the 22nd minute.

A few minutes later Beechy found themselves trailing 3-1 when slack marking allowed the Old Alts far too much time and space to curl the ball low into the bottom corner of net but once again United produced an immediate response reducing the arrears ninety seconds later. Beechy won a corner and Jamie Sinnott's flag kick caused a goalmouth scramble that led to the ball bouncing towards Kane Rowley who fired it home from close range for 3-2. Old Alts continued to look dangerous going forward that forced some safety first defending from Beechy's back four which included Man of the Match Byron Ward. A powerful swerving free kick by Keenan Switzer brought the best out of the visitors keeper who made a great one handed save despite his view blocked by a cluster of players. Tommy Walker took over from David McCarthy just before half and United probably needed the break just to discuss tactics for the second half. Beechy were straight on the attack after the restart winning a free kick that resulted in Keenan Switzer's attempt to score from twenty five yards saved by the keeper at the second attempt.

Periods of torrential rain failed to quell the players enthusiasm and a superb move between Zach Booth, Keenan Switzer and Josh Main-Quinn ended when the latter blasted the ball wide. Old Alts No6 & No9 we always heavily involved when the visitors created some dangerous counter-attacks and United keeper Joe Haye remained focused at all times. Despite conceding several unnecessary free kicks Beechy gradually got a tighter grip on the game that forced the visitors to adopt a more defensive approach. Great skill by Kane Rowley carved out a chance for Sam Bolton who's effort won a corner then Tom Allcock's superb curling pass found Zach Booth and Beechy's No8 hit the ball straight at the keeper. The match never lost it's ferocious pace and Byron Ward produced two pieces of top-class defending prior to United's third and equalising goal. Jamie Sinnott held off a late challenge before linking-up with Keenan Switzer and completing the move was Sam Bolton who added a neat close range finish.

Stepping up a gear Beechy created some sparkling attacking football and a brilliant through ball from Keenan Switzer was controlled by Sam Bolton who forced an acrobatic save from the Old Alts keeper. Twice Tommy Walker and Byron Ward made ball winning tackles when the visitors went close to regaining the lead. Continued pressure from United finally paid off when great footwork by Jamie Sinnott created the perfect cross for Sam Bolton to plant a header past the keeper to give Beechy a deserved 4-3 lead. United's fifth goal arrived thanks to a fantastic crossfield pass from Zach Booth and Josh Main-Quinn pace took him past two defenders before he produced a clinical low finish to complete the scoring.

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