POSTED: September 05 2018 22:41:33. By Keith Long
- Evening Woes For Out Of Sorts Beechy
For their final evening fixture of 2018 Beechfield United 1st Team were in action against Manchester Central on Thursday 30th August. United travelled to their opponents ground for an 8pm kick-off and went home empty handed following a 4-0 defeat. Beechy made three team changes and using a 3-5-2 system soon faced early pressure forcing some serious defending from Marcus Belcher, Tim Taylor and Luke Johnston. Producing a couple of solo runs down the right wing was Louis Duff as United replied with some positive attacking football. A great move involving Marcus Belcher, Steven Erskine and Gareth Mooney created a decent chance for Jordan Jones-Waite who blasted the ball past the post. United keeper Steven Naylor made his first quality save dealing with a swerving effort from Central's No7 after his jinking run on the left wing. Long kicks from the hosts keepers added extra pressure on Beechy's defence and once again as in previous games Tim Taylor's ability to win most aerial duels was a major factor.
Manchester Central went a goal up when their No9's powerful drive from outside the area was mishandled by Steven Naylor and despite Luke Johnston's attempt to prevent the goal the hosts No10 netted the rebound from close range. Steven Naylor made up for his error minutes later when he denied Central's No11 who had ran onto a ball fired forward from midfield. But in the 24th minute Central added goal number two when United conceded yet another free kick and the home teams No11 hammered the ball low into the corner of the net from twenty five yards. When Central suddenly upped the tempo their No9 looked certain to increase the hosts lead but the overworked Steven Naylor responded with a fantastic save. Beechy were unable to find any sort of rhythm and Steven Erskine, Gareth Mooney and Chris Ferris at times struggled to get a foothold in the midfield area. Central's keeper had rarely been tested during the first half but he did show his ability making a great save following Jamie Sinnott's free kick.
United were on the attack straight from the restart and a fine move on the right wing saw a curling cross by Gareth Mooney gathered by the keeper under pressure. A couple of minutes later the Manchester Central keeper was in action again this time producing a smart save to deny a curling effort from Jamie Sinnott. Full of confidence Central slowly dictated the match and via some fast counter-attacks created chances galore forcing United to soak up some heavy pressure. Once again Steven Naylor was the busiest of the two keepers twice racing to the edge of the area to boot the ball to safety.
A chance arrived for Beechy when Tim Taylor met Craig Massey's in swinging corner but his header flashed wide of the target.
In the 61st minute United made a couple of tactical changes when Carl Ravenscroft and Mike Phythian replaced Craig Massey and Chris Ferris. Then in another reshuffle Kurtis Lee took over from Marcus Belcher but United continued to find it difficult to break their opponents stranglehold on the game. Poor defending allowed Central's No10 a clear run into the area and he gave the hosts a commanding 4-0 lead after seventy four minutes. Conceding a fourth goal late in the match ended a disappointing ninety minutes for United.