February 07 2018 23:13:53.
By Keith Long
- Hat-Trick For Jones-Waite In United's 5-0 Victory
A 5-0 home win over Wilmslow Albion that included a hat-trick for Jordan Jones-Waite extended Beechfield United's impressive unbeaten run in the Manchester Football League to twelve games. Making three team changes United knew they couldn't underestimate their opponents who occupied next to bottom place in the Division 1 table. The visitors to Salford Sports Village made a confident start to the match with the Wilmslow No11 involved in three swift counter-attacks. Beechy who won several free kicks in the early stages also forced the games first corner when the Wilmslow No4 conceded the flag kick after an over hit back pass. Tim Taylor, Carl Ravenscroft and Jordan Jones-Waite combined in a free flowing move that almost produced the opening goal. But United didn't have much longer to wait before taking the lead in the 8th minute via Kurtis Lee who fired the ball past several Wilmslow players into the bottom corner of the net. Competing fiercely for possession in all areas of the pitch Wilmslow Albion didn't look like a side struggling in the bottom section of the league table.
An inch perfect pass from Steven Erskine was controlled by Jordan Jones-Waite who set-up a great chance for Louis Duff but the Beechy No12 blasted the ball wide of the target. Then a couple of minutes later Carl Ravenscroft went on a solo run down the left flank and his cross was hit first time by Kurtis Lee but his low drive was well saved by the Wilmslow keeper. The visitors No8 was at the heart of Wilmslow's most prominent moves that forced some important defending from United's rearguard trio of Rob Lockley, Luke Johnston and Tim Taylor who won ninety percent of the aerial duels. United's keeper Robert Harrison hadn't been forced to many real saves inside the first thirty minutes and he was glad to see a close range header by the Wilmslow No11 dip over the crossbar. On thirty nine minutes Beechy went 2-0 up when following a corner taken by Jamie Sinnott the ball was met by Jordan Jones-Waite and his superb volley produced a stunning finish.
Another brilliant defence splitting pass from Steven Erskine created a decent opportunity for Kurtis Lee but the Beechy striker failed to beat the keeper. Following some positive attacking play from Wilmslow early in the second half United slowly enjoyed a greater share of the ball and Tim Taylor who was left unmarked in the penalty area sent a header inches the wrong side of the post after getting on the end of Jamie Sinnott's in swinging corner. Wilmslow's No10 wasted a golden chance to reduce the arrears just before a counter-attack involving Luke Johnston and Carl Ravenscroft ended when Jordan Jones-Waite hammered the ball just wide. But United's No10 made no mistake on the hour mark adding a perfect side footed finish for the third goal after a piece of unselfish play by Kurtis Lee. The visitors made two substitutions in quick succession and they continued to produce moments of quality attacking soccer but Beechy playing with much more fluency this half were now dictating the match and casually took a 4-0 lead.
On this occasion Jordan Jones-Waite was the provider when he easily went past two Wilmslow players before supplying the killer pass to Kurtis Lee who fired the ball low into the net. Displaying a high fitness level United continued to create more chances and a superb reaction save by the overworked Wilmslow keeper denied Kurtis Lee his hat trick. Andrzej Browne, Marcus Belcher and Tom Allcock were all involved in the action when United made a triple substitution. Searching for a consolation goal Wilmslow relied heavily on the counter-attack but their efforts were in vain after United added goal number five. Courtesy of an excellent perfectly weighted pass by Rob Lockley Man of the Match Jordan Jones-Waite beat the offside trap then raced clear before slotting the ball past the keeper to complete the scoring and a well deserved hat-trick.