Saturday 5th September 2020

CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

LOSTOCK GRALAM 2

L Johnson 33
Woolley 44

POYNTON 1

Wright 88

Poynton opened their 2020/21 season with a disappointing defeat at Lostock Gralam.

In a close game the home side punished mistakes and despite the visitors creating a good number of opportunities they failed to really test the Lostock keeper.

The day started badly with striker Mikey Rattle ruled out through illness, so Josh Abbott was promoted from the Reserves squad to make his senior debut.

There were also first team debuts for Rigby, MacDougall, Booth and new signing Ben Jackson was on the bench.

The home side started brightly, forcing Rigby into two superb saves. It was clear the style of play from Lostock was direct and their front two of J Johnson and Dean looking strong.

Poynton started to find their feet after a nervous start, Abbott tested the keeper with a long-range effort and a brilliant ball from Ratican put Toole through one on one with the keeper but he took the ball too far and couldn’t get his shot away.

The home side took the lead on 33 minutes, Louis Johnson powered home a header from a corner.

Just before half-time Lostock made it 2-0, Jack Woolley capitalising on an defensive error to pick the ball up and curl a brilliant strike past Rigby.

HT: Lostock Gralam 2 Poynton 0

Poynton started the second half well, another quality cross from Ratican found Abbott free in the area but he couldn’t get any real power on his header.

The young Poynton striker went close again, after a mistake by the Lostock defender, he tried to lob the keeper but hit the ball just over the bar.

Lostock continued to cause problems from set-pieces with Dean a constant threat. There was an injury concern for captain Danny Johnson after a heavy challenge.

Dean picked up a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Stokoe.

From a quick corner Poynton should have got back in the game, Toole and Ratican combined to set up Jones but he couldn’t poke the ball home.

Finally the pressure told, Toole again involved with a brilliant cross which was turned home by substitute Scott Wright.

The home side looked nervous, a MacDougall free-kick caused problems but was scrambled clear and after another dreadful challenge on Stokoe the referee blew the whistle to end the game.

FT: Lostock Gralam 2 Poynton 1