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Billinge 2-1 Styal
6:13pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Billinge came from behind to beat Styal 2-1 in an entertaining Cheshire League game on Saturday. On another glorious afternoon at Barrows Farm it was Styal who impressed in the early stages.
Their neat passing football opened up the Billinge defence after seven minutes but Rubin Kennerley blasted his shot over when through on goal.
Billinge, however, responded immediately as first Dave Quigley went close with a shot before leading scorer Graeme Green wasted a good chance after being put through by Dan Curran.
While Styal still looked the more incisive team The Storks began to dominate possession.
After good work by James Webb he let himself down when he shot wide.
Curran went close on 41 minutes when he turned well inside the box before hitting his shot wide.
Billinge still had to be on their guard as Kennerley again squandered another chance for the visitors.
Unfortunately The Storks let their guard down on the stroke of half-time when slack marking at a corner allowed Graeme Brotherton to nod home from two yards.
The second period needed a reaction from Billinge and they responded well; quickly asserting their dominance and looking the fitter team.
After 53 minutes great work by Webb resulted in Green going close.
On the hour mark Derek Evans had two good chances to draw Billinge level but both efforts went wide.
After this manager Paul Oakes shuffled his pack bringing on substitutes Andy Goulding and Scott Robinson which allowed Elliot Bradshaw and Gareth Fletcher to move up from defence into midfield.
Fletcher's extra height and drive gave The Storks the impetus to search for the equaliser.
On 62 minutes Chad Whyte played Green through but the striker snatched at his shot and it went wide of the post.
It was now all Billinge but they couldn't find a way through.
As the game entered the last ten minutes a rare sortie upfront by Styal saw Kennerley's long-range shot come back off the post.
Billinge composed themselves and pressed forward with immediate success.
Goulding's precise long ball was bravely back-headed by Whyte over the advancing keeper and into the goal to draw Billinge level.
It was now all Billinge and they looked to have won the game when Bradshaw rose well to head towards the goal only to see his effort come back off the bar and then superbly cleared off the line by a defender.
With Styal out on their feet Billinge won a corner on 87 minutes and from this centre-half Chris Godwin saw his header tipped over the bar.
From the resultant corner by Bradshaw debutant Robinson lost his marker and headed down and past the keeper to make it 2-1 to the clarets and blues sending players, management and supporters into raptures.
There was still time for Green to increase the lead but the Styal keeper saved well and it remained 2-1 at the final whistle.
This was Billinge's third win in four games and manager Paul Oakes was pleased with all his charges saying: "It was a good team performance and the whole squad played their part.
"There is still a lot to work to do but we are progressing each week and we're all enjoying our football at the moment."
The opposition's man-of-the-match award went to hard-working midfielder Dave Quigley while the Billinge supporters singled out Chad Whyte for his all-round performance upfront.
This Saturday Billinge are again at home with Linotype Cheadle HN the visitors.
Kick-off at Barrows Farm, Carr Mill Lane is 3pm with admission just £2 including programme.
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