Davyhulme Park vs Ladybarn – Match- Report

CHESHIRE & MANCHESTER SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – DIVISION TWO
SUN 11 OCT 20, 11:00

Three wins in a row as Davyhulme Park approached their toughest game of the season so far, against a strong Ladybarn side that will definitely be pushing for promotion at the end of the season. Ladybarn came into the game in second position, with four wins out of five. They also boast a number of ex-Davyhulme Park players, which always adds something to this fixture.

WHAT HAPPENED

Ladybarn took kick off and it was evident that they had the height advantage, so Davyhulme would be vulnerable from set pieces.

Davyhulme didn’t manage a fast start like they have in recent weeks, instead Ladybarn were the driving force early. They dominated possession and looked the most threatening, although Davyhulme managed to withstand the pressure. Taylor made some fantastic saves to prevent them taking the lead. The most notable being a freekick taken by ex-Davyhulme Park full back Rick Peters, hit with real power it deflected off the wall but Taylor adjusted to push it round the post.

It wasn’t until the 29th minute that the deadlock was broken, and arguably against the run of play. Singh had taken responsibility to drive the team forward. After a number of one-two’s, Singh had pushed forward from left back to the edge of the Ladybarn box when he was taken down. Gee setup to take the resulting freekick, which was around 25 yards out and slightly off centre of the net. He got plenty of power behind his shot but it was down the keepers throat, and should’ve been a simple save. Instead he seemingly caught the ball but threw it over his shoulder to give Davyhulme the lead.

The game continued in the same vein, with Ladybarn looking the more threatening. The pressure and possession finally came to fruition as Ladybarn found the equaliser. A neat ball through the Davyhulme defence saw a tight offside call correctly go in favour of the attacking team, putting the Ladybarn striker through one-on-one. He made no mistake and Taylor’s clean sheet was snatched away with a clinical finish to level the game.

Shortly after the restart and the Davyhulme goalscorer would leave the pitch in the worst way. Recently back from a hamstring injury, he challenged for a ball in the air but was knocked off balance and landed awkwardly onto a straight leg. The ball was put out of play, so Gee could receive treatment, and he was duly replaced by Jack Irlam.

As the half was drawing to a close Ladybarn’s first half performance got the reward that it deserved, as they took the lead in the 44th minute. The referee’s performance had raised eyebrows through the half, and an incorrectly awarded corner would be worked well by Ladybarn and end up in the back of Taylor’s net. They took the corner short, worked the ball to the edge of the box where former Davyhulme midfielder David Drinkwater curled a ball through the packed box into the far post, leaving Taylor with no chance.

Half Time: Davyhulme Park 1 – Ladybarn 2

The beginning of the second half saw Davyhulme Park come alive, and turn this match into a much tighter affair. Ladybarn won the first half in every sense of the word, but Davyhulme upped their level to dominate the second.

There was a definite pattern to the second half, with Davyhulme seeing a lot more of the ball and the new midfield trio; Leigh BurkeRyan Burke and Jack Irlam dictating the pace of the game. There was also a lot more fouls, stoppages and time wasting, with the referee failing to get a grip of the game. On a number of occasions the Ladybarn squad kicked the ball away and extended stoppages as much as possible but remained unpunished.

Davyhulme continued to pile on the pressure, without creating any clear opportunities to get back into the game. The final ten minutes of the game turned it into a classic, and Ladybarns time wasting would come back to bite them.

Ladybarn had shuffled their defence over as Davyhulme Park had possession on the left wing, they quickly work the ball inside to Leigh Burke, he turned out and again moved the ball quickly to Ryan Burke. Second half substitute Shawn McRae had tucked inside his full back, dragging him in with the movement and left Ryan Burke with the charge on the outside when he received the ball. A couple of touches to set the ball out, and he slotted home in the 84th minute with the Ladybarn keeper seemingly diving out of the way.

The game now level at 2-2 and only three minutes later, in the 87th minute, Davyhulme were to complete the turn around.

Jack Irlam took a quick freekick short to Ryan Burke on the half way line, before receiving the return pass. A triangle in midfield, with Irlam playing forward into Leigh Burke on the half turn. His first touch took the ball inside, his second rolled the ball inside the full back and into the path of Ryan Burkes forward run. He played the ball first time, back across the front of the Ladybarn goal for Jonathan Sharkey to unnecessarily smash into the top corner.

That wouldn’t be the end of the drama though. The game had been growing in intensity, which had been allowed to fester by the referee with both teams growing more frustrated. Davyhulme’s wild celebrations after scoring their third, also they had begun employing their own time wasting tactics which were only adding to the intensity.

Eventually this came to blow, with the Davyhulme vice-captain Kyle Watson and Drinkwater getting involved after the referee had blown for a foul. The scuffle resulted in a red card for both players and the teams had to see out the remaining minutes with only ten men.

Full Time: Davyhulme Park 3 – Ladybarn 2

A game of two halves, with Tom Taylor keeping Davyhulme in contest in the first half allowing the rest of the team to match his levels in the second and complete the comeback.

WHAT IT MEANS

The win places Davyhulme Park amongst the early leaders of Division Two. Sale United are the early favourites with four wins from four, but there are now five teams on twelve points.

HOW WE LINED UP

GK: Tom Taylor
DEF: Ryan HanlanKyle Watson (C)Stephen HarperMartin Singh
MID: Callum BennettLeigh BurkePhillip Gee
ATT: Ryan BurkeGeorge PartingtonNathan Sharples
SUBS: James BaddleyJack IrlamShawn McRaeJoe NoddingJonathan Sharkey

UP NEXT…

Davyhulme Park will travel to Prestwich and take on Manchester Maccabi’s newly formed second team. In this unusual season, they’ve only managed to complete three fixtures with their only loss coming against Ladybarn.

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.

WHAT HAPPENED

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.

WHAT IT MEANS

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.

HOW WE LINED UP

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

UP NEXT…

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.

Davyhulme Park vs Swinton Poets – Match Report

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

Last weeks poor performance was still fresh in the minds of the first team squad, after a fantastic training session midweek there was a real determination to correct the mistakes made against Didsbury Villa.

(Back Row, left to right) Jack Irlam, Adewole Omole, Marcell Edwards (C), Callum Bennett, Tom Taylor, Nathan Sharples, Ryan Hanlan, George Partington, (Front Row, left to right) Jamie Dennis, Leigh Burke, Ryan Burke, Dean Williamson, James Baddley, Steven Ritchie, Martin Singh

WHAT HAPPENED

Kick-off was delayed by running repairs to the nets, during this time Irlam noted the goalkeepers starting position was well off his line on the edge of his box. Encouraged by Partington and Sharples, the kick -off was taken and Irlam shot from just inside the Davyhulme half. The ball flew over the keepers head, stuck in no mans land, which is surely Davyhulmes quickest ever goal at around 3 seconds.

After the flying start, a spell of 20 minutes of total dominance and possession followed for Davyhulme. The only thing missing was a final product, as they rushed the final pass and snatched at chances so failed to extend their lead.

Half way through the first half, Partington found the net to double the lead. Collecting the ball at the halfway line, he drove forward at the Swinton defence before smashing his shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards out and gave the keeper no chance.

Davyhulme’s dominance continued through until half time, with the pattern of possession and lack of final product returning. The only moment of note came when Hanlan drove into the Swinton box, before being brought down but the referee waved the Davyhulme pleas away.

Half Time: Davyhulme Park 2 – Swinton Poets 0

The second half started the way that the first half finished, with Davyhulme dominating possession although there was much more of a threat about the play.

Omole entered the fray with 60 minutes played, replacing Sharples, to devastating effect. He picked up the ball on the wing, dropped a shoulder to beat his defender and slotted the ball home passed the oncoming goalkeeper.

His first full season at open age, and Omole showed his lack of experience as he went from hero to zero shortly after his clinical finish. Ryan Burke beat the offside trap, and found himself in space on the right wing before he selflessly squared the ball for Omole to tap home at the back post from inside the six yard box. He could see the headlines and had his celebration planned but instead he relaxed, leaned back and rattled the crossbar. It seemed easier to score.

Ryan Burke turned provider again, as he squared up his full back before gliding passed him to be then be taken down in the box. Irlam stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the bottom right corner, beating the goalkeeper despite guessing the right direction.

Davyhulme’s fifth came via a set piece, Partington on corner taking duty whipped a ball in that was partially cleared to Dennis on the edge of the box. Dennis controlled the ball and slid it left to substitute Ritchie, showing great composure as he touched the ball away from the defender and cooly slotted home.

The team’s commitment to playing football in the modern way and build from the back came back to bite them, as goalkeeper Taylor took a goal kick short to Bennett who in turn looked to play into midfield. The advancing Swinton player pressed forward and deflected the ball back onto the arm of Bennett. The new confusing handball law saw the referee award a penalty, the Swinton Poets forward stepped up and scored with what turned out to be their only attempt on target.

Despite the score being 5-1, there was still time for another highlight. Omole and Leigh Burke combined well down the left wing with a number of passes back and forth before Burke was through into the box surrounded by Swinton defenders. Burke then turned into Leighnel Messi bringing the ball under his spell with mesmerizing close control to go around three or four defenders, one at a time before being brought down for a penalty and being denied the possibility of a fantastic goal. Burke stepped up himself to take the spot kick, and got away with a loose finish as the goalkeeper guessed the right way and should have kept it out but instead pushed it into the side netting.

Full Time: Davyhulme Park 6 – Swinton Poets 1

It was a good game, played at a much better tempo and intensity than the limp display last weekend. This display was a much better reflection of the squads ability and pre-season form, although the abandoned game in early September could be to blame for the lack of momentum.

Leigh Burke was named The Sea Moss Elixir Man of the Match due to his hardwork, pinpoint passing & mesmerizing feet throughout.

WHAT IT MEANS

The win means Davyhulme Park move up to seventh in the table, and with a tightly contested season expected they can’t afford to drop points cheaply as they did last week. Sale United appear to be the team to beat based upon early form, taking maximum points from their first three games and are expected to extend this streak to four as they face bottom of the table Deans Ladies & Youth this weekend.

HOW WE LINED UP

GK: Tom Taylor
DEF: Jamie Dennis, Marcell Edwards (C), Callum Bennett, Martin Singh
MID: Jack Irlam, Leigh Burke, George Partington
ATT: Ryan Burke, Ryan Hanlan, Nathan Sharples
SUBS: James Baddley, Adewole Omole, Steven Ritchie, Dean Williamson

UP NEXT…

Davyhulme Park travel to Hough End on Sunday 27th September (11:00am kick-off) to take on an inform Greater Manchester side. They’ve started the season well, and are one of two teams to have taken maximum points so far this season. These are the crucial games that will make the difference come the end of the season.

Davyhulme Park v Turnpike Pirates – Match Report (Abandoned)

Cheshire & Manchester Sunday Football League – Division Two
Sun 0
6 Sep 20,  11:00

After months in lockdown and the abandonment of the league season in 2019/20, there was real excitement to finally be getting the 2020/21 season underway. This would also be a managerial debut for Ian Lowe & Tom Taylor, plenty of new faces in the squad & a new home for the team, playing out of Wellacre Academy this season. Unfortunately it was to end prematurely in bizarre circumstances.

(Back Row, left to right) Steven Ritchie, Jamie Dennis, Callum Bennett, Joe Nodding, Tom Taylor, Kyle Watson, George Partington, Jack Irlam, Nathan Sharples, (Front Row, left to right) Ian Lowe, Martin Singh, Leigh Burke, Ryan Burke, Dean Williamson, Ryan Hanlan and Shawn McRae

WHAT HAPPENED

Davyhulme Park took kick off with both Bennett & Nodding named in the starting eleven for their debuts. Early pressure from Davyhulme down the left side saw Turnpike give away possession and a corner in the first minute, with Davyhulme taking full advantage. An excellent delivery from Partington saw Hanlan tap home from close range to give them an early lead.

Two minutes later and Davyhulme doubled their lead through Sharples. A great bit of play between the midfielders allowed Leigh Burke to release Hanlan in behind the defence, he shaped to shoot before making the smart decision and playing to Sharples in a better scoring position giving him an easy finish.

The pressure and quality football continued with a number of chances to extend the lead not taken. The best of those chances came when captain Leigh Burke latched onto a through ball with a first touch that took him passed the advancing keeper and a Turnpike defender. After being forced wide, Burke played the ball to Sharples but a Turnpike defender, attempting to intercept, missed the ball which was enough to wrong foot Sharples and the chance went begging.

A scrappy period followed as Turnpike started to warm to the game, with feisty challenges being made by both teams although nothing malicious the game was certainly turning into a battle. A period of possession and good build up saw the referee pointing to the spot for what appeared to be an excellent challenge by Bennett to nick the ball away as a Turnpike attacker broke through into a goal scoring position. Stand in goalkeeper Tom Taylor made an excellent double save, firstly to get down low to his left side and stop the penalty but then to get up and smother the Turnpike player following in.

The scrappy period continued with neither team dominating the ball or playing with much quality. This was until the Turnpike No. 11 and left winger received his marching orders in the 38th minute for a late challenge on centre back Watson. This seemed to change the game and good quality football then returned until half time.

A superb passing goal shortly followed with Singh winning the ball in the Davyhulme penalty box before some good play with both Ryan and Leigh Burke saw Leigh play a defence splitting pass for the run of Hanlan, once again easily beating the Turnpike defence for pace and putting it through the keepers leg for his second of the game and Davyhulmes third.

Just two minutes before half time Ryan Burke took down a switch of play on the right wing, squared up his full back before a drop of the shoulder saw him bursting into the box. The fullback lunged into a tackle, taking Burke down with the referee pointing to the spot again but this time at the other end of the pitch. Sharples stepped up and slotted home with a clinical finish into the side netting to the keepers left.

Half Time: Davyhulme Park 4 – Turnpike Pirates 0

In a bizarre sequence of events, the managers had spent 5-10 minutes delivering their team talks and sent the players back out for the second half only for the referee to call the team in for a chat. There had been reports of discriminatory comments made at the game and although no one knew who had made these comments, he saw fit to abandon the game for safety reasons.

A strange start to the new season, but plenty of positives to take out of the performance in the half completed.

WHAT IT MEANS

Due to the circumstances surrounding the abandonment this won’t be the end of the story. There will rightfully be an investigation to follow, with a re-arranged fixture being one of the many possible outcomes.

HOW WE LINED UP

GK: Tom Taylor
DEF: Martin Singh, Kyle Watson, Callum Bennett, Joe Nodding
MID: Jack Irlam, Leigh Burke (C), George Partington
ATT: Ryan Burke, Ryan Hanlan, Nathan Sharples
SUBS: Jamie Dennis, Ian Lowe, Shawn McRae, Steven Ritchie, Dean Williamson

UP NEXT…

After the abandonment of the first league fixture, the second first league fixture will be away against AFC Didsbury Villa on Sunday 13th September (11am kick-off).