Davyhulme Park vs Winston – Match Report

Cheshire & Manchester Sunday Football League – Division Two
Sun 04 Oct 20, 11:00

Davyhulme Park come into the game on the back of two wins and a fantastic second half against Greater Manchester.


Just three minutes in and a blistering start for Davyhulme Park. Jack Irlam with a defence splitting pass between the centre back and left back, found the run of Ryan Burke on the right wing. His first touch set the ball out perfectly and the finish matched, with the ball slotted away at the near post to give the keeper no chance.

Only five minutes later and Dennis recovered the ball high up the pitch. The Winston centre back, that had started the game well, was caught deep in midfield allowing Leigh Burke to run beyond Sharples. Dennis played the ball through to Burke without him having to break his stride, with a couple of touches he was in the box and tucked the ball away with ease.

Davyhulme Park continued to dominate the game with a patient possession based approach, moving the ball around the defence into midfield and back with ease.

The third goal came in the 18th minute via a Hanlan quick throw-in on the left wing. He threw it to Irlam, before he beat the on rushing centre back that had pushed up into midfield again. The Winston right back had tucked inside to cover the space left behind, but Irlam was too strong for his challenge and wrapped the ball around the keeper into the far post.

The story of the first half continued, with possession and patience from Davyhulme dominating the play. Leigh Burke was once again involved but this time he turned provider. Collecting the ball in midfield before threading a pass to put Sharples through one-on-one. In typical Sharples fashion, he made no mistake and slotted home in the 31st minute.

Only a minute later and shortly after kick off, fantastic pressure from Dennis & Ryan Burke saw Burke recover the ball high up the pitch. He immediately broke, taking the ball directly towards goal from his right wing. He beat the Winston last man, placed the ball low to the keepers left before running off to shush the Winston bench. The bench had been making up for their lack of quality with an abundance of trash talk. The Winston management was not impressed and promptly let his sideline aware.

Irlam had come close to adding to his tally on a number of occasions, especially from set pieces. It was a corner in the 42nd minute that eventually saw Irlam get his second of the game; the sixth and final goal of the half. Leigh Burke whipped an inviting ball into the back post with Irlam climbing highest to head home.

Half Time: Davyhulme Park 6 – Winston 0

The second half started as the first half ended, patient possession from the confident Davyhulme side. That was until the 58th minute when Dennis saw red and reduced the dominant home side to ten men. Dennis had taken exception to a late Winston challenge and threw the ball into the oppositions face.

Although Davyhulme’s dominance and chances weren’t as prominent as they were in the first half, Winston continued to struggle to threaten Taylor‘s net. A professional hardworking performance saw out the rest of the half without conceding or scoring.

Full Time: Davyhulme Park 6 – Winston 0

A fantastic performance from the Davyhulme Park first team but could’ve been an even better story had they maintained discipline and eleven men on the field.


The win sees Davyhulme Park move onto 9 points and up to fourth in the table. They’re beginning to demonstrate the level of performance that they’re capable of and have shown through pre-season. The Disdbury Villa performance is becoming a distant memory and to beat Winston comfortably, after the loss to the same side last season, shows the progress made.


GK: Tom Taylor
DEF: Martin Singh, Marcell Edwards (C), Callum Bennett, Joe Nodding
MID: Jack Irlam, Leigh Burke,  Jamie Dennis
ATT: Ryan Burke, Ryan Hanlan, Nathan Sharples
SUBS: Stephen Harper, Adewole Omole, George Partington, Jonathan Sharkey,  Dean Williamson


Davyhulme Park play host to Ladybarn next week, which is without doubt going to be one of the toughest games of the season. They’re a strong physical side and boast a number of ex-Davyhulme players to add to the occasion. They’ve started the season well and are expected to be up fighting for promotion come the end of the season.

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