November 22 2015 21:36:47.
By David Walker
- Match Details October 31st 2015
Following a below-par performance Beechfield United suffered a second successive heavy defeat in the FBT Manchester Football League when they lost 5-2 at home to Elton Vale FC. United were forced to make a few team changes with defender Luke Johnston taking on the role of stand-in keeper. There was lively opening period to this Division 1 contest and both teams adopted a risky offside tactic that kept the referee busy with his whistle. Beechy played some very good football in the first fifteen minutes and Alex Hunter and Dave Leach had decent chances to give United the lead before Vale opened the scoring in the 25th minute. It was a slightly lucky goal for the visitors when the ball deflected off a United defender and left the Vale No9 with a simple close range finish. Moving the ball around with both speed and accuracy the visitors kept the pressure on United’s back four of Ryan Williams, Patrick Beckett, Rob Lockley and Carl Ravenscroft. Vale’s No 11 saw a fine effort hit the post then following some dreadful defending Beechy gifted the visitors a second goal just after the half hour mark. Four minutes later United found themselves 3-0 down after another piece of awful defending and definitely needing inspiration from somewhere. Beechy were thrown a lifeline on 40 minutes when clever play by Steven Erskine set-up Brad Sixsmith who produced an excellent finish from 20 yards to reduce the arrears. But close to half time Beechy received a further setback when they conceded another soft goal and leading 4-1 at the break Vale were certainly in the comfort zone. Making a ragged start to the second half United put pressure on themselves by conceding far too many unnecessary free kicks in their own half. But Beechy slowly found renewed confidence and after forcing some resolute defending from their opponents were rewarded with a second goal courtesy of Jamie Sinnott. United believed this could be the start of a rousing comeback but Vale had other ideas and maintaining a decent share of the ball completed a miserable ninety minutes for Beechy with a fifth goal in the closing stages.