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Billinge fall short in cup tie
8:50am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
For the third week running a Billinge Cup game went into extra-time.
After being successful on the previous two occasions The Storks fancied their chances but this time they were to fall short losing 3-2 at Linotype Cheadle HN in the JB Parker Memorial Cheshire League Challenge Cup.
The ninety minutes deservedly finished 1-1 after Billinge dominated the first period with Linotype Cheadle being the better side in the second 45.
Billinge started the game well with Graham Green going close after six minutes.
Eight minutes later Charlie Bloomfield put a great ball through to Derek Evans but the striker could control the ball and a great opportunity went begging.
However on 26 minutes The Storks were ahead when centre-half Chris Godwin played a delightful pass out of defence to find James Webb who in turn found Green with a pass of equal quality.
The hard-running centre-forward ran onto the pass and hammered home to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
A minute later Green almost made it two but his left-footed shot went over the bar.
Despite a late scare when Godwin had to clear the ball off the line the remainder of the half belonged to Billinge.
There was no indication that Billinge would lose the game early in the half when an Evans lob was tipped around the post and from the resultant corner Webb's dead-ball kick almost found the back of the net.
However on 55 minutes Gareth Fletcher committed a foul on the edge of the box which the Linotype defender Thomas Bane hammered home to level the score.
Fletcher - who was excellent throughout the game - looked to amend his error when his storming 50-yard run forward almost produced a goal but Evans couldn't finish.
On 62 minutes Godwin had to produce another match-saving block on the line and from the resultant attack Green brought a great save out of the Linotype keeper.
At the other end - with six minutes to go - Billinge custodian had to be at his best to save from the excellent Vinnie Braine.
With the game petering out into a draw Storks' substitute Walter Lombe hit a shot just wide of the post meaning the game went into extra time.
Both teams looked out on their feet in the warm sunshine but two minutes before the break Braine latched onto a through ball to round keeper Cameron and put Cheadle 2-1 ahead.
Three minutes after the break - with Billinge chasing the game - Linotype broke away and Craig Theobold finished neatly to make it 3-1.
Billinge threw everything forward as Fletcher went close after good work from Elliot Bradshaw and Lombe.
With the clock ticking down Lombe chased a backpass, put the keeper under pressure and from which his fluffed clearance hit the striker and went in the back of the net.
Unfortunately for the visitors there was only time for the game to kick-off before the final whistle was blown and Linotype had triumphed 3-2.
Billinge's manager Paul Oakes was not a happy man after the final whistle saying: "We need to have a long look at ourselves and our performance.
"Some of the lads simply didn't work hard enough.
"It's no point playing well for an hour each week and it's something we'll be working on in training this week and every week until we get it right."
This Saturday Billinge return to league action when Styal are the visitors to Barrow Farm.
Kick-off is 3pm with admission being £2 including a 40-page programme.
Meanwhile have announced details of this season's sportsman's evening.
The event takes place on Friday 23 May at Birchley St Mary's Club.
Special guest and speaker is ex-Liverpool player Neil 'Razor' Ruddock who will be present with a top comedian and MC.
Tickets are now available from the club priced £35 each and available in tables of ten.
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