Welcome to the second issue of The Paddock Roundup! Our aim is to provide you with a weekly insight into how our other three teams, alongside the Stretford Paddock first team, have got on in their respective matches. Read on to find out how the Stretford Paddock First’s, U21’s, the Amateurs and the Development side all performed this week!
Heyside 3-2 Stretford Paddock
After winning 6 games on the bounce, Paddock’s quite brilliant winning streak came to an end this weekend with a 3-2 loss to Heyside FC. Paddock were back in action in the Manchester Saturday Challenge Trophy facing a Heyside team playing 2 divisions above them (In the Manchester Football League, not the Cheshire League).
Despite going ahead twice, Ste’s boys failed to pull away from Heyside and were eventually punished. Omar Sinclair gave Paddock the lead in the 7th minute with a sublime knuckleball freekick – the perfect start. It was mistakes that proved to be costly this week for Paddock, however.
Not long after scoring, Paddock failed to clear a Heyside corner and the home side headed the ball home. With the scores level at the break, it was vital that the away started the second half just as they did in the first.
That’s exactly what they did. Ronaldo Brown linked up well with Tom Jones who lifted the ball over Heyside’s keeper to restore Paddock’s lead just seconds into the half. Despite the great start to the half, another defensive mistake allowed to Heyside to level things up, once again.
It proved to be a day where Paddock quite simply were not at the races. After a handful of half chances from Stretford Paddock, another mistake granted Heyside their winner. An outswinger of a cross into the Paddock box was, yet again, not dealt with. Heyside, gifted with a free header, found the back of the net and a spot in the next round of the Manchester Saturday Challenge Trophy.
Hyde United 6 – 0 Stretford Paddock U21’s
Having conceded 7 the previous week, another tough challenge faced our U21 side with the team on the receiving end of a 6 goal margin.
The trip to Hyde United for game day 7 was always going to be a challenge with the home side having won all of their league games so far this season, and this past weekend’s fixture showed the hosts quality once again.
Hyde started the game on the front foot and quickly found themselves 2 goals to the good. The fast pace of the game proved to be a problem for Stretford Paddock.
Despite the game settling down, a further two goals were added before half time to ensure that any threat to Hyde United’s lead was snuffed out. A half time scoreline of 4-0 proved to be too much of a mountain for our u21’s to climb.
The second half saw a change of formation for Paddock. This vastly improved our lads’ performance, but the hosts were eager to settle any nerves and finished the match with a 6-0 score line.
The defeat serves as a learning opportunity for both the players and coaches alike, and the side is raring to battle it out once again in the North West Development League – Championship A.
Mill Hill 5-1 Stretford Paddock Amateurs
Our amateurs tasted defeat in the North West Inter League Cup in what proved to be a difficult contest.
Blackburn based side Mill Hill provided a clinical display, finding the net five times in what was a high scoring affair.
The amateurs started the match brightly, with Paul Arrowsmith a standout performer in the early stages of the game. Despite this, Mill Hill’s counter attacking prowess got the better of the Paddock defensive line.
The speed of the opposing front three proved to be the difference between the sides, with a 3-0 score line at halftime providing a tough challenge to overcome for Paddock.
Despite pulling back a goal, Paddock ended up on the receiving end of a 5-1 defeat and will look to turn around the recent run of seven defeats next weekend against Milton.
AFC Oldham 2005 4 – 0 Stretford Paddock Development
Despite a promising performance away from home, our development team couldn’t get the better of AFC Oldham 2005. For the second week in a row, Paddock conceded 4 goals away from home.
The away side were unlucky to not be in front in the first half. Paddock’s Sean Colbert proved to be the difference however, a deflected own goal at the end of the first half gave the hosts a 1-0 lead going into the break.
Oldham started the game only three points ahead of Paddock in the table, so a fight for a crucial three points was seemingly imminent as the second forty-five got underway.
The start of the second half saw a surge of attacking play from both sides and chances were plentiful, however, the large number of players pushed forward proved to play into the hands of Oldham. With the home side managing to take advantage of the game stretching out, they managed to add three further goals to an ultimately disappointing scoreline.
By Billy Powis and Andre La Barbera