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Poynton made the long journey over to St Helens to face Billinge FC.
With 6 first team players, Manager Ed Haslam promoted Joe Pullen and Rob Stokoe from the reserves, Pullen came straight into the starting line up at right back, Haslam also gave a first start to new signing Alex Jackson in the number 10 role.
Poynton started brightly and controlled the majority of the first half, on 34 minutes Poynton thought they’d gained the lead, a low cross from Alex Jackson found Carl Mccurrie who slotted the ball past the Billinge keeper, celebrations were cut short when the lineswoman raised her flag, Poynton supporters couldn’t quite believe the decision as the ball was seemingly played backwards.
HT: Billinge 0 Poynton 0
Poynton again started brightly but couldn’t find an opening – on 64 minutes Max Dickov beat his man and raced into the box, the covering centre half bundled Dickov to the ground and with no hesitation pointed to the spot. Mccurrie stepped up and found his penalty saved by the Billing keeper.
On 69 minutes more controversy, Mccurrie again had the ball in the net, seemingly rolling his defender and slotting the ball home but again the lineman raised his flag, the Poynton players were in disbelief. Mccurrie vented his anger and was shown a yellow ‘sinbin’ card, Poynton were now reduced to 10 men for 10 minutes.
Marcus Graham entered the field of play for the injured Max Dickov and immediately made an impact, a cross from the left found debutant Alex Jackson to put Poynton 1-0 up.
With Poynton in full control and into stoppage time, Billinge were awarded a free kick from 25 yards out, the Billinge midfielder struck the ball into the top corner to leave Poynton devastated. This was Billinge’s first shot on target but it was some shot.
FT: Billinge 1 Poynton 1