Beechy knocked out

Salford Advertiser - - MOTORS - KEITH LONG

BEECHFIELD United’s first team were knocked out of the Mur­ray Trophy when they were beaten 4-2 by hosts Hey­wood St James.

United were forced to field a weak­ened team after sev­eral key play­ers were un­avail­able. Hey­wood quickly found their at­tack­ing rhythm and in the sec­ond minute an ef­fort by their num­ber 10 hit the post but three min­utes later Hey­wood took a de­served lead. United keeper Jor­dan Brox­son made three im­por­tant saves as Jim­mies kept the pres­sure on United’s makeshift back four and the home team went 2-0 up after 20 min­utes.

United were awarded a penalty in the 34th minute and Craig Massey eas­ily beat the keeper via a well ex­e­cuted spot-kick to re­duce the ar­rears.

Hey­wood’s best player, wear­ing the num­ber 11 shirt, scored his team’s third goal via an out­stand­ing fin­ish.

Beechy be­gan the sec­ond half dis­play­ing re­newed con­fi­dence and a move in­volv­ing Massey and Chris Fer­ris ended with the lat­ter mak­ing it 3-2 in the 39th minute when he ham­mered the ball past the keeper from close range.

Sud­denly it was Hey­wood’s turn to deal with the pres­sure as Beechy cre­ated some pow­er­ful at­tacks and looked ca­pa­ble of equal­is­ing.

United then con­ceded a soft fourth goal in the 73rd minute.

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