Billinge Res v Poynton Res

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Match Report

Poynton Reserves earned a well-deserved point after an action packed game with Billinge Reserves on Saturday.

Following the disappointing defeat at Daten last time out manager Jon Hudson made —- changes with Chris Rashleigh, Callum Evans, Niall Goldrick, Sam Marston and Marcus Graham all coming in to the starting eleven.

Both teams started brightly on a beautiful day for football, Billinge almost taking the lead with a spectacular goal but the ball 30-yard rocket hit the bar and bounced to safety.

Poynton should then have taken the lead, great play by Goldrick set up Marcus Graham but his close-range header was straight at the keeper.

With Billinge starting to get on top the visitors hit the home with the opening goal. Arjun Takiar hit a dangerous free kick into the box and found Jon Cairns whose header hit the post, however, Sam Heaton was on hand to smash the ball past the keeper.

Minutes later it should have been 2-0. Clancy with a huge clearance and Marcus Graham raced clear, lobbed the keeper but watched in horror as his shot somehow bounced over the bar.

Billinge hit back and could have had a penalty when Redmond appeared to be fouled, the striker stopped and complained rather than carried on and the ball was cleared.

The home side were now on top, Redmond again with a great chance after a great cross field pass found him in the area but he volleyed well over and with the last kick of the half he was put in again but his shot was straight at Clancy.

HT: Billinge Res 0 Poynton Res 1

The second half started at a fast pace, there was a flash point with Luke Jones picking up a yellow card for a foul and from the resulting free kick Billinge worked the ball out wide and as Poynton had done all game they failed to stop the cross from the right-hand side and Anderson was on hand to equalise.

Panter replaced Marston who had looked impressive on his first start but the home side continued to create the better changed, Redmond who thankfully had a bad day missed another great chance when he headed wide.

Poynton were still looking dangerous on the break, Heaton Graham and Cairns combined but the ball was scrambled clear and at the other end Clancy was lucky when he misjudged the bounce but managed to grab the ball just in time.

With a lot of tired legs, Niv Takiar, Charlie Gregory, Nick Knight and Dan Watterson all entered the game replacing Heath, Rashleigh, Goldrick and Evans.

Heaton and Graham both had glorious chances to win the game in the final minutes but both wasted the chances and the home side also squandered a couple of half chances.

An incident in the final stages overshadowed the game, the referee and the Cheshire FA will deal with the situation.

Another game where Poynton took the lead but failed to keep a clean sheet and their disappointing start to the season continues.

FT: Billinge Res 1 Poynton Res 1