POSTED: November 18 2022 15:06:39. By Keith Long
- Four Goal Wes Steers United To Victory
Man of the Match Wes Pierce produced a four goal salvo in Beechfield United Saturday Morning Team's 8-1 win over Trafford Seconds in the Manchester Amateur Cup.
*United had home advantage when they faced their opponents from the Lancashire and Cheshire League in Round Two on Saturday 5th November 2022. Straight from the kick off Beechy were on the attack and both Dylan Robinson and Joe McCann were involved in two quality moves down both wings. The Trafford No5 headed the ball off the line following a great curling cross from Scott Foulds then Scott won a corner as Beechy kept the pressure on their opponents. Marlow Barlow, Hal Birtles and Kyle Wray worked the ball through the midfield and Issiaka Saba forced a reflex save from the visitors keeper. Trafford worked hard to retain possession but United used the ball better and took the lead in the 9th minute via Scott Foulds.
Another pinpoint cross from Scott found Issiaka Saba unmarked on the edge of the area and once again the Beechy youngster was denied a goal by the overworked Trafford keeper. Keeping it tight at the back were Beechy's central defensive partnership Adam Holt and Matthew McDermott who guaranteed keeper Chris Pollock an easy start to the game. Wes Pierce supplied the pass which was instantly controlled by Joe McCann who made goal scoring look easy when he put United 2-0 ahead after twelve minutes. At the end of a rare attack by the visitors a speculative effort from the Trafford No10 zoomed over the crossbar but Beechy quickly forced their opponents back into a defensive mode.
After receiving an inch perfect pass from Kyle Wray the impressive Issiaka Saba superbly beat two Trafford players during a mazy run but Beechy's No11 fired the ball over the crossbar. Hal Birtles won the ball with a great tackle and advanced down the right wing before setting up a chance for Joe McCann who's thunderous drive was kept out of the net by the keepers fingertips. A couple of minutes later Adam Holt was forced to produce a brilliant headed clearance following another attacking flurry from the visitors. Beechy responded and were rewarded with their third goal created by a slick move between Marlon Barlow, Hal Birtles, Dylan Robinson and Joe McCann and finshed from close range by Wes Pierce.
Then Wes Pierce created the highlight of the game when he made it 4-0 via a spectacular strike following a superb move involving Kyle Wray and Issiaka Saba. In the latter stages of the first half Joe McCann suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Takunda Gwenhure. Trafford made a positive start in the second half and forced two successive corners but thanks to some solid defending Beechy easily dealt with the threat. United quickly regained control of the game and Adam Holt, Wes Pierce and Issiaka Saba linked-up superbly and a swerving half volley by Kyle Wray flew just wide of the target. United continued to dictate the pace of the game and after a few wasted chances added their fifth goal.
Matty McCusker and Adam Boakes replaced Adam Holt and Dylan Robinson then after Beechy had a valid goal disallowed Kyle Mears took over from Marlon Barlow. What proved to be the visitors consolation goal was scored by Trafford's No15 but Beechy soon forgot the mini setback and took a commanding 6-1 lead. Matthew McDermott casually won the ball off the visitors No9 and angled it onto Kyle Mears who's perfectly weighted pass sent Wes Pierce on a brilliant solo run and United's Man of the Match completed his hat-trick with a sublime finish. Beechy continued to pile on the pressure and a through ball by Issiaka Saba was collected by Wes Pierce who unselfishly set-up substitute Daniel Ledermann for the seventh goal. In the closing minutes at the end of another powerful attack Wes Pierce wrapped up the scoring.