Saturday 26th September 2020
CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Goodeve 58, 60
It was a fourth successive league game after an impressive Egerton inflicted a crushing 5-0 home defeat on a below-par Poynton.
With Danny Johnson suspended, manager Jon Hudson made two changes to the side that lost to Greenalls – Mark Hough replacing Johnson and new signing Joe Holt was handed his debut in the number 9 shirt.
Poynton also wearing their new Nike home kit, sponsored by Network Mortages.
Poynton should have made the dream start, from the kick Matt Toole disposed the Egerton midfielder and ran through on goal but fired wide.
Egerton created their first opening and did not waste the opportunity. Pringle running through and smashing the ball past Adam Rigby to give the visitors a 7th minute lead.
Egerton started to dominate, several big midfield tackles easily won and with Egerton pressing their forced Poynton into regular mistakes.
When Poynton did have the ball they gave possession away far too easily and the quality of the final ball was again disappointing.
Jones gave away possession and tried to recover but mis-timed his tackle giving Egerton a free kick on the edge of the box. Sherry-Brennan punishing the mistake to the full with a well taken kick curled into corner.
Poynton tried to get back in the game, Pringle was booked for a late tackle on Jones.
It could have been 3-0, a quick counter after a good spell for the home side and Goodeve hit the bar with a close range header.
Poynton started to find more possession – Allen and Leach starting to influence more on the ball. Allen with a great run created a half chance for Pullen but the full-back failed to hit the target.
With 40 minutes on the clock Poynton were handed a lifeline. Jason Leach was fouled in the area and the referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to spot, it looked harsh but it was the opportunity the home side needed.
Unfortunately Leach’s penalty was a nice height and the Egerton keeper made an important save.
Minutes later it should have been another Poynton penalty – the Egerton 11 with a clear hand ball in the area but this time the referee decided it was no penalty – where was VAR when we needed it!
HT: Poynton 0 Egerton 2
With Poynton needing a response Hudson made two changes at half-time – Jackson and Graham replacing MacDougall and Stokoe.
However from Egerton’s first attack they made it three. After a good save from Rigby – the resulting corner saw Gilsenan unchallenged to head home – another poor set piece goal given away.
Poynton tried to react. Allen and Toole trying to create and Holt working hard up front. Graham looked lively on the left wing but the whole side struggled to open up the impressive Egerton defence and create any chances.
Egerton made it 4-0 on 58 minutes. A simple break and cross saw Goodeve completely free at the back post to head home.
He then grabbed his second in as many minutes as brilliant play from Pringle set up the chance but it was all far too easy.
Poynton could have capitulated but showed some character by continuing to try and play football. A great move involving Morris, Hough, Allen and Jackson created an opening for Graham but his shot went just wide.
Knight, Rattle and Wright came on and the game played out with no more chances for the home side. Rigby making two good late blocks.
FT: Poynton 0 Egerton 5
After the game manager Jon Hudson spoke to poynton.co.uk about another disappointing performance.
Not only a fourth defeat this season but another poor performance, how do you feel?
We are all disappointed. The performance today was below-par but Egerton deserve credit for their display, they were excellent all over the pitch and at times it was men against boys.
We tried to play football but we were too careless and didn’t look after the ball. We seem to be chasing games as we concede stupid, early goals in every game.
The confidence is low when you’re in a run like this and conceding goals and missing penalties just makes that worse.
How can you turn this situation around?
We know the quality is there, we have seen what we can do on the ball but we all need to work harder off the ball and improve defensively. We are capable of that performance.
Do you have plans to strengthen the squad?
It’s difficult when you have a squad of nearly fifty players at the club but we do know that we need to improve areas of the squad and we hope to do so over the next week.
A very difficult October with some tough games coming up – do you have targets?
We approach each game in the same way and yes we have a difficult October but we have the ability and we will continue to work hard in the week to prepare for the next game.
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