POYNTON RES 2
FC ST HELENS RES 0
Poynton Reserves made it eight games unbeaten in the League after a hard fought victory over an FC St Helens side at Poynton Sports Club on Saturday afternoon.
Brad Cooke replaced the unavailable Adam Clancy in goals and there were recalls for Callum Evans and Luke Leavy to the starting line up with Arj Takiar missong through injury and last weeks five goal hero Jared Merrygold having to settle for a place on the bench.
Poynton started well, a great ball from Heaton put Tattler in the clear but the FC St Helens keeper was quickly of his line and blocked the shot.
Both sides were looking to play football but the home side looked sharper, Graham pressing to win the ball back but couldn’t test the keeper from inside the box.
The pressure told with a clever opening goal, more good pressure from the young winger and Graham confused the keeper who was expecting a cross by lobbing the ball past him into the back of the net to give Poynton a 1-0 lead.
Leavy almost doubled the lead, his quick turn in the box well saved by the visitors keeper.
This seemed to wake up the away side who dominated for the rest of the first half, Cooke making two smart saves and Heath with a brilliant tackle to stop a dangerous breakaway.
Poynton survived the pressure and got to half time with the lead.
HT: Poynton Res 1 FC St Helens Res 0
Manager Jon Hudson, taking charge of the Reserves for his 50th game demanded more from his side at half-time and he certainly got the response. A great run down the left by Graham set up Leavy, his shot was blocked and fell to Goldrick, in the right place at the right time to fire home and double the home sides lead.
The game became a midfield battle, Cooke again making a good block when called upon and the central defensive pairing of Jones and Rashleigh, together again for the seventh straight game, stopping any dangerous moments.
Tattler and Goldrick combined brilliantly to put the captain in the clear but the keeper made a great save.
Poynton hung on for a deserved victory but FC St Helens deserve credit for playing good football and pushing Poynton all the way.
Next up is a very tough trip to Middlewich Town next weekend as Poynton look to keep their run going.
FT: Poynton Res 2 FC St Helens Res 0
Poynton Reserves: Cooke, Pullen, Heath (Gregory), Evans, Rashleigh, Jones, Goldrick (Watterson), Heaton, Tattler (MacDougall), Leavy (Merrygold), Graham (Stokoe)
MAN OF THE MATCH
Back in the side after a six game abscence and made several crucial blocks during the match to keep the first clean sheet since the 3-0 win over Moore United Reserves. His kicking was also superb and he deserved his man of the match award.