After a short break following the last outing at Euxton Villa in late May, a mixed squad of first-team regulars and trialists looking to leave an impression on the management team, headed to North West Counties Division 1 South, Cheadle Town for the first game of eight pre-season fixtures as we start on the road to the 2021-22 season.
Beautifully warm summer conditions met the 300-strong crowd at Park Road, with many venturing out to a live match for the first time since Boxing Day and the start of ‘Lockdown 3.0’.
They didn’t have to wait long for the attacking threats of wide-men, Aiden Chippendale and Lewis Gilboy, to start probing down the wings. Both showed good bursts of pace to create space to deliver balls into the box for forwards, Tom Greaves and Greg Daniels to capitalise on.
The first meaningful effort however came on 11 mins, with good interplay in the midfield allowing Greg Daniels to stretch his legs down the Bury left. His burst of pace allowed him space to cross to Gilboy who had charged into the area. A Cheadle Town head temporarily cleared the danger, but only to Chippendale on the edge of the box. Bringing the ball down on his chest, he struck a volley high towards the centre of the goal but it was palmed up and over the bar by Cheadle ‘keeper, Marcus Burgess.
On two occasions during the first half, Tom Greaves twisted and turned away from his marker to unleash a shot at goal, stinging the palms of Burgess with his second attempt under pressure and on an angle after hitting his first effort straight at the ‘keeper from the edge of the ‘D’ a later when well placed.
It seemed like the team were starting to build up a head of steam which might break the deadlock, with Cheadle being restricted to limited opportunities in attack and Bury trialist goalkeeper, Mike Emery dealing comfortably with any efforts thrown his way.
As half-time was edging closer, the best chance fell to Greg Daniels who met a low right wing cross from Lewis Gilboy in the centre of the goal. As he looked to place the ball home, the covering defender did enough to make the finish difficult, which allowed the ‘keeper to scramble across the line and prevent Bury taking the lead and keep the score at nil-nil at half time.
HT: Cheadle Town 0 – 0 Bury AFC
Andy Welsh rang the changes at half-time, with only the trialist left-back and goalkeeper, Emery taking their place on the pitch for the second half.
Soon after the re-shuffle, Bury found themselves behind from the penalty spot. Bury were dispossessed in the midfield which allowed Cheadle to bring the ball forward and release the opposing striker into the Bury box. Defender Jordan Downing did well to get back and cover but in an attempt to retrieve the situation felled the attacker and the referee pointed to the spot. Lethal striker, Patrick Davin, made no mistake by lifting the ball into the right-hand corner and give Cheadle Town the lead.
Cheadle Town 1 – 0 Bury AFC (Davin pen, 58 mins)
Last season’s regular goalkeeper, Ed Wilczynski was called into action not long after as Emery suffered a heavy challenge and landed awkwardly when claiming a high cross just after the hour mark.
The remainder of the game saw limited chances for both teams with defences on top. An Adam McWilliam effort calling the ‘keeper into action with a smart save from a free-kick, and a late goalmouth scramble resulting in the Bury trialist centre-back hitting the ball against the bar from a tight angle and through a crowded group of players, were the only chances of note prior to the referee calling full-time on proceedings.
FT: Cheadle Town 1 – 0 Bury AFC
We thank Cheadle Town for hosting us again this pre-season and wish them luck for the season ahead. Match highlights can be found at our YouTube page here.
Our next pre-season fixture is away to Squires Gate FC this Saturday (26th June), 3pm kick-off. Ticket availability is limited, head to the Squires Gate website here to pick up your ticket.
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