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A disappointing opening day result for Poynton first team, which didn’t reflect the team’s performance as they went down 2-1 to Matt Potter’s well organised Billinge side.
Poynton’s new look team started brightly with Black and Kennerley creating several openings from wide areas. Kennerley who started the game already carrying a dead leg took a heavy knock in the first 5 minutes from the Billinge left back who was lucky to avoid a yellow card with what looked like a tactical foul to prevent Kennerley from getting in behind the Billinge back line.
Poynton continued to press forward and created good chances only to be denied by the post and the several great stops by the Billinge keeper.
Billinge gradually grew into the game and their direct style of play began to cause more and more problems for Poynton’s back 4. As the pressure mounted, Billinge won a corner and put in a deep cross, which was headed back across goal and turned into the Poynton goal, 0-1.
Poynton continued to create chances, the most notable and expensive chance for Poynton falling to Morris. His strike flashed over the crossbar and into a neighbouring garden. As the players and spectators turned their heads with disappointment, the ball crashed through a bedroom window leaving the Poynton Chairman to double check the club’s insurance details.
HT: Poynton 1 Billinge 2
Billinge came out the stronger side in the second half as Poynton changed their shape in attempt to deal with the high ball into the box. It was a bad spell from Poynton with O’Regan in the Poynton goal pulling off a great finger tip save down to his right to prevent a 25 yard strike.
The game didn’t have to wait too much longer for Billinge to fire home their second. Poynton didn’t clear their lines after another high ball into the box and the ball broke perfectly for a Billinge midfielder to strike another from 25 yards, this time leaving O’Regan with no chance.
At this point, it was difficult to see where Poytnon were going to get a goal from with all the early momentum being lost. Hurst made 2 of his 3 changes (Oakes for Faulkner and Astbury for Black) and without being able to create anything clear cut, Poynton won a free kick on the left edge of the Billinge penalty area. Andrew Simpson stepped up and curled a brilliantly struck freekick, which glanced the top of the wall and sailed into the top right corner giving the impressive Billinge keeper no chance in goal.
Poynton mounted the pressure and Hurst made one last throw of the dice in the final minutes bringing himself on for the now tiring Kennerely. The change was so close to paying off, Astbury worked hard on the right to switch the ball to Quinn who took the ball down and squared a ball to Hurst who fired home from 6 yards only to be denied by the linesman’s dubious flag. When does VAR come in at Cheshire League level?
The disallowed equaliser summed up Poynton’s day with the general feeling that on another day, Poynton could have been 3 up at halftime.
A tough defeat to take for Poynton but plenty of positives to build on with a feeling that when this new side click into gear, they will be a strong force in the league.