Poynton ReservesMoore United Reserves
3 - 0Full Time
Poynton Reserves ended their poor run of results with a moral boosting victory over Moore United Reserves on Saturday afternoon.
Manager Jon Hudson handed new signing Luke Leavy a debut up front and there were also starts for Niv Takiar and Matt Southam with Marek Heath and Arjun Takiar unavailable.
Before the game the manager had emphasised how important the start was going to be to his players and they made sure they got it right with a brilliant opening spell.
With their first attack they took the lead, Goldrick played in Leavy down the right and his dangerous cross found Cairns, his shot was blocked but Marcus Graham was on hand to beat the keeper and fire Poynton into the lead.
Minutes later it was 2-0, Goldrick fired in a brilliant free kick which the keeper failed to deal with and new man Leavy was in the right place at the right time to poke the ball into the net.
The away side finally started to play but Southam and Jones, back together in the heart of the Poynton defence stopped everything and full backs Niv Takiar and Chris Rashleigh were also quick and sharp to close down any wide threat from the visitors.
Heaton and Evans were controlling the game in the midfield and every time Poynton had an opportunity to get a ball into the box Goldrick delivered, a great corner found Cairns but his header was just wide.
It was all Poynton, Leavy enjoying a great debut fired over a brilliant cross for Goldrick and his clever flick header went just past the post.
On the stroke of half time it should have been 3-0. Evans broke up a dangerous Moore attack with a brilliant tackle and played in Goldrick, his powerful run and cross found Cairns in the box who just had the keeper to beat but his shot was saved and the half ended.
HT Poynton Res 2 Moore United Res 0
Second half performances so far this season have not been a strong point so Poynton were determined to stop that trend and started the second period well – Southam’s free kick found Leavy who played the ball off for Heaton whose well hit volley was deflected wide.
Goldrick then set up Leavy who turned his defender inside out and broke free, rounded the keeper but with a tight angle couldn’t set up Cairns or Graham and the chance was cleared.
Evans then set up Graham down the left with a brilliant ball, the youngster beat his man and set up Cairns but the defence managed to block the shot, from the quick breakaway it looked like Moore were going to create their first chance but Rashleigh made a brilliant challenge and the danger was gone.
Watterson replaced Takiar at left-back and Poynton continued their dominance. Moore United players started to get frustrated with their own performance, blaming the referee for every decision and were further infuriation when the referee pointed to the spot after Cairns was pulled down inside the area.
With the armband on Cairns stone up and smashed the penalty into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
More good football followed by the home side, Heaton, Evans, Cairns and Leavy all involved setting up Goldrick who fired wide. Heaton having his best game of the season in the midfield won every challenge and covered every blade of grass.
Further changes with Knight and Panter introduced and their was a senior debut for 18 year old defender Ben Worth as he replaced the outstanding Matt Southam.
The game finished with no further chances but it has been a thoroughly deserved victory for the home side with Moore failing to register a shot on target. Hopefully now the Reserves can go on a strong run following a disappointing start to the season.