MANCHESTER CENTRAL 1 POYNTON 1
Last night saw Poynton travel to Manchester take on Manchester Central as pre-season continued following last weekends behind-closed-doors friendly against the Reserve Team.
New manger Ed Haslam included several new signings in his squad and had his first opportunity to view them in match action. Haslam also promoted Marcus Graham & Alfie Jones from the Reserve Team squad after very impressive displays on Saturday.
Poynton started the game well and Chris Allen opened the scoring with a stunning goal from outside the area. It was a close game, Central played a direct style but the Poynton defence handled it well.
Poynton rang the changes at half time and the new lads followed the instructions brilliantly but with fitness playing a part the home side finally took their chance and equalised with 9 minutes left.
After the game Haslam was pleased with what he’d seen fro his new look squad. “Before the game I made it very clear what I expect this season, we want to press the ball, we want to force mistakes but this requires a high level of fitness, organisation and to be quick, when we attack”.
He added “I want the lads to express themselves, show no fear, I want them to excite the people watching – for the first 35/40 minutes, the boys did unbelievable well, with Chris Allen scoring from outside the box on his weaker foot”.
The manager was also please with the new additions. “We’ve brought in Adam McGeoghegan who was a rock and very, very impressive alongside Luke Jones last night, Jonny Cavanagh came on a half time to totally dictate play, James Wheeler got some more vital minutes under his belt after his spell away from the game, Tom Bowey returned to the club and was a constant threat down the right.”
“Chris Allen scored a stunning first half goal and was superb from start to finished, I’m thrilled he’s back!! Marcus Graham really stepped up and showed the potential he has, in fact they took off their right back because he couldn’t get near him. And Alfie Jones, for such a young lad was brilliant, I asked him to play on his unfavored side but coped very well. Overall I’m very, very pleased we what I saw’
Haslam hopes to have a few lads returning tomorrow for the Maine Road fixture, 2pm kick off at All Hallows’ College in Macclesfield.