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Cheshire Football League round up
3:03pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Division One There were only three fixtures in division one this weekend due to the Inter-League team taking on Wearside at the Cumberland Arena. Following an end to end game, the Cheshire League side lost 1-0 to a second half goal. Report to follow.
Crewe moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 win away at Denton Town. Josh Rowley scored twice, with further goals from Matt Pearson and Nathan Southern putting Crewe two points clear of second place Knutsford, having played a game more.
Pilkington secured their second win of the season after a tough start, with a 1-0 home win over Middlewich Town.
Rylands crashed to a heavy derby defeat to local rivals Greenalls PSO despite taking an early lead through Ben Slater when he headed home a Liam Hayes corner. Greenalls pressed hard for an equaliser and it should have arrived on the half hour when Neil Sutch headed wide when well placed in the penalty area.
It was a brief respite for Rylands as Hoyland drove home from close range after Rylands failed to clear his first attempt, making it 1-1.
Five minutes later Greenalls were in front when Sutch nodded home from close range. Things got worse for Rylands before the interval when Hoyland turned well inside the penalty area and crashed home a fierce drive, leaving keeper Moor with no chance and giving Greenalls a 3-1 advantage at the break.
Rylands started the second period well and Kris Bell, making his full first team debut, had a chance to reduce the arrears after fifty minutes but his shot was dragged wide. Moments later the game was effectively over when Vaughan scored from the edge of the penalty area for Greenalls with a well placed shot.
Rylands responded with another good chance for Bell which was saved by Craig Clare and then Rylands substitute Richie Sinker, on his comeback from a broken elbow suffered in August, fired an unstoppable long range drive into the Greenalls net after 75 minutes to make the score 4-2. As Rylands pushed forward in search of an unlikely comeback, Moor had to be alert to keep out Hoyland at the other end as Greenalls countered. Daniels and Bell both missed presentable chances for Rylands near the end but Greenalls secured their victory when Lee Vaughan raced clear and finished well in the final moments.
Division Two Maine Road Reserves' week started with a 3-0 win over Barnton Wanderers thanks to goals from Anthony Thomas, Josh Harper and Connor Hughes. Barnton's week went from bad to worse as Saturday saw them lose 2-0 at home against Moore United with a goal in each half from John Darbyshire and Nathan Clements.
Grappenhall played host to Congleton Vale and the sides finished level at 1-1. Kurt McCarthy hit the woodwork after 10 minutes before Ranny Dhwhali and Matt Ball both missed good chances for Grappenhall.
The 35th minute saw Congleton awarded a penalty for handball which was converted by Dan Beuhler to give them the lead at the break. Grappenhall pushed hard in the second half and their efforts were rewarded when substitute Rory Pownall volleyed home brilliantly from 12 yards after a Dave France flick on.
Both teams pushed for a win and Congleton certainly played themselves in to the game late on but the score remained at 1-1 Poynton continued their unbeaten run with a 4-2 win away at Tarporley Victoria, while goals from Tom Watkin saw Sandbach finish 2-1 winners away at Sale Town.
Lostock Gralam finished 4-1 winners over Warrington Town Reserves to move up to sixth spot, while Daten shared the points with Golborne Sports in a 1-1 draw.
Malpas moved back up to fourth after a 3-0 win at home against Egerton. The game started at a good pace and it was clear early on that the Egerton side would look to pass and move to create chances. Malpas opened the scoring on 13 minutes when a corner was headed away, only for the ball to find Danny Lloyd on the edge on the box.
Lloyd crossed the ball back in low allowing Simon Bradley to tap in at the back post. Both sides played some good football with both defences in form and Ryan Maidment pulling off some good saves in the Egerton net. The second goal came just before the break when Mike Williams picked out Andy Morris who held the ball just inside the box, holding off a defender, before cutting inside and drilling the ball into the top corner.
The second half was very even with the next goal key, both sides looked for an opening but the Malpas defences looked very solid and Egerton tried to hold the danger of Malpas players breaking free from deep positions. Alex Hughes saw two good efforts saved once more by Maidment as he looked to get on the score sheet. As the game went into the final minute Del Anson moved down the right and put a deep cross to the back post picking out Alex Hughes who brought the ball down and found the net for 3-0.
Reserve Division Barnton ended Greenalls PSO eight game unbeaten run with a 5-0 thrashing at Townfield Lane. Billy Webb was in fine form scoring four goals with the fifth coming from Jonathan McDonald. The win sees Barnton move up to sixth place with three games in hand over their closest opponents.
Styal moved up to third with a 5-2 home win over Daten. Connor Glass, Joe Knight, Jack Roberts, Tom Gill and Alex Whelan all made the score sheet for Styal, with Daten’s goals coming from Dave Wright and Anthony Campbell.
Denton Town moved out of the bottom two following a 2-1 win away at Middlewich Town, while Gamesley and Pilkington shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Rylands finished 4-1 winners as they travelled to Linotype CHN. The away side started the game relatively well, retaining a strong percentage of possession in the opening exchanges. However, Linotype hit them on the counter attack in the 7th minute, where a long, cross-field ball from the right back, found left-winger Leon Grandison, who's majestic first touch took him past Calum Anderson.
Grandison fired home giving Rylands’ keeper Matty Latham no chance of making the save. This brought about a short spell of domination from Linotype, with the pace of the front three causing concerns for the Rylands back line. However a tactical reshuffle of the back four, and some encouraging words from the line inspired Rylands.
This lead to Rylands equaliser when Michael Sullivan found himself in space just inside the area and fired home into the bottom left corner.
Kurt Emery and Nick Jordan combined to win the ball back in an advanced position for the away side in the 55th minute. This released Sullivan who was then bundled down by Killingbeck in the Linotype goal and centre-half Dave Morley made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.
Rylands made it 3-1 when Jordan set loose Sullivan with a chip over the top and the in-form centre forward made no mistake with his finish.
In the 86th minute, Ewan Rodger was brought down on the edge of the box and hunting for his hat-trick, Sullivan stepped up to take. He unleashed a powerful strike that saw its way straight through the wall and into the net for 4-1.
Reserve Division Cup Egerton and Grappenhall Sports were evenly matched on the day and took their cup game to extra time.
Jason Wright scored twice for Egerton but Grappenhall won the game 3-2 in extra time. Jordan Rigby scored twice on the day with another goal coming from Adam Ashcroft, while a single goal from Aaron Clarke saw Eagle progress to the quarter finals after a 1-0 win at Poynton.
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