MANCHESTER FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Breightmet United book their place in the next round
REVENGE was sweet as Breightmet United booked their place in the semi-finals of the Murray Trophy with a 4-1 win away to Division One rivals Beechfield United.
Manager Simon Wilcox used his pre-match team talk to remind his young squad of the heavy home defeat inflicted by the Salford club in the league earlier in the season.
His words had the desired effect as Breightmet dominated the tie on a 3G pitch and could have won by more.
“They beat us 4-1 at home and I asked for a response to that,” Wilcox said. “We hadn’t played for a few weeks and I thought we’d be a bit ring rusty.
“But although we started both halves slowly, we got a grip on the game and outplayed them.”
Breightmet led 1-0 at half time through a Kyle Bailey goal and although they were pegged back just after the break when Beechfield were awarded a penalty, Bailey, Tommy Williams and Osman Karakan secured a comfortable victory for the Moss Park men.
Premier League champions Hindsford marched on in the Gilgryst Cup with a second home win in eight days over title rivals Wythenshawe Amateurs at Squires Lane.
A week after a 2-0 league win opened up a four-point lead over Stockport Georgians at the top of the table, Hindsford produced a powerful second-half performanmce to run out 4-1 winners.
After a scoreless first half the frontline partnership of Tom Valentine and Joe Yarwood proved too hot, Valentine following up his two goals in the league win with another brace, and man-of-the-match Rico Stewart adding a third. Wythenshawe pulled one back but substitute Matt Grimshaw volleyed his first goal for the club from a chance set up by Ryan Briody to confirm Hindsford’s superiority.