Saturday 12th September 2020

CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

FC ST HELENS 5

Green 12
Bate 47
Houghton 50
Curtis 58
Gillespie 86

POYNTON 0

A young and inexperienced Poynton side suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday after an impressive FC St Helens second half performance.

Poynton were forced into 6 changes from the side that took on Lostock Gralam on the opening day of the season. Danny Johnson and Matt Toole both ruled out with injury, Tom Ratican, Sam Morris and Danny Booth all unavailable and Josh Abbott named as a substitute.

Mark Hough, Rob Stokoe, Scott Wright, Niv Takiar and Mikey Rattle all started and there was a welcome return to the starting line-up for Jason Leach who captained the side in Johnson’s absence.

The game started brightly for the visitors, Mikey Rattle should have opened the scoring after Graham put him clean through but he couldn’t beat the keeper.

FC St Helens did take the lead on 12 minutes, Poynton gave the ball away carelessly and Green raced clear before easily slotting home passed a hesitant defence.

The home side looked dangerous but Poynton played some nice football and with Graham looking dangerous on the ball they created several openings but failed to test the keeper.

They should have equalised on the 30 minute mark, a Jason Leach corner found Luke Jones 6 yards out but he just mis-timed his jump and header over.

The half ended with a yellow card for McKeegan after a poor challenge on Leach.

Overall Poynton had matched the home side and were unlucky to go in behind.

HT: FC St Helens 1 Poynton 0

With the game in the balance the opening 5 minutes of the second half turned out to be disastrous for the visitors. An uncharacteristic error by keeper Adam Rigby gifted the home side a second goal.

Poynton then lost Joe Pullen to injury before another error, losing the ball in a dangerous area let FC St Helens score a third goal with 50 minutes on the clock.

It was soon 4-0, a lovely football move but goal scorer Curtis was given the freedom of the 18 yard box to fire home.

Goldrick and Jackson replaced Wright and Stokoe to try and introduce some fresh legs but Poynton couldn’t get hold of the ball, Rigby making amends for his error with a string of good saves.

The home side controlled the game and made Poynton run in circles at times, they added a fifth late on, a free header from substitute Gillespie.

FT: FC St Helens 5 Poynton 0

It has been a tough day for the Poynton side who need to bounce back quickly with a home game next weekend against Greenalls.

After the game Jon Hudson was disappointed for his team. “The frustrating thing is for 45 minutes I actually thought we’d edged that first half. We should have scored and we moved the ball well. The first 5 minutes of the second half have killed us and then they used their experience to manage the game”

“When you have 6 senior players missing you have to have a bit of luck and today we had none. It’s a tough learning curve for these young lads but they will recover and learn from days like this, we work hard this week and we get our season started next weekend”