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Midfielder Jason Leach inspired Poynton to a crucial victory over Middlewich Town on Saturday afternoon to give Poynton their first league win since mid-November.
After a good performance last time out manager Andy Hurst named the same team with Jake Wright, Daniel Quinn and Nick Challinor all named on a strong bench.
Both sides started brightly, both defences on top in the early exchanges and with the midfield battle closely fought it was a tight opening passage of play.
It was Poynton who made the first breakthrough, Leach found space on the edge of the box and fired a dipping shot past the Middlewich keeper who seemed surprised by the speed of the shot and failed to get near the ball.
The visitors reacted well, their direct style up to their front three was not pretty but effective – but they came up against a solid Poynton defence, youngster Luke Jones once again impressed as did Sam Morris – both marshalled by the excellent Paul Garvey.
When they did manage to create an opening keeper Nick Ward was out brilliantly to smoother the ball.
Hurst and Mathers worked hard up front for Poynton, the player-manager unlucky to be ruled out for offside when bursting through after a good ball from Toole.
HT Poynton 1 Middlewich Town 0
With Assistant Manager Andy Cowell’s half-time instructions to keep the tempo high ringing in their ears Poynton started the second half well, wing-backs Toole & Jackson causing problems for the Middlewich full backs – especially Toole who looked dangerous every time he got the ball at his feet.
Oakes and Manson in the midfield started to win the key battles and with Leach looking dangerous the home side looked comfortable with Middlewich unable to create any clear chances.
The game started to get scrappy and the referee was on hand to calm things down, showing each side a yellow card after bad tackles.
Challinor replaced the excellent Oakes to add a new dimension to the Poynton midfield and Wright replaced Hurst, slotting into midfield with Leach pushing further forward.
It proved to be a great decision as moments later Leach pounced to score his second of the game – firing the ball past the keeper.
The game was made safe moments later, Leach this time the provider for Mathers to make it 3-0, a goal his overall performance had deserved.
The full-time whistle went and a deserved victory for the home side who travel to Daten FC next week looking to build some momentum into the second part of the season.