Abbey Hey v Alsager Town,North West Counties Premier Division,Saturday 23rd August 2014

With the shops slowly getting ready to stock the shelves with Christmas presents it’s fair to say that for Abbey Hey manager Luke Gibson he will happily settle for just three points of Santa.

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Both teams came into this game in what on paper was a six pointer,an early battle against the drop, Abbey Hey hadn’t won a single game all season and sat at the bottom on 22nd with 0 points while Alsager Town where in 15th with four points to there name.

It was however the away side who took the three points back with them to Alsager which if you travel inbetween Crewe and Stoke a lot you will know it’s the last stop before Crewe with a resounding 4-2 victory.

Both teams began fairly equally with Abbey Hey’s forward Wesley Harney getting an early shot in, however on eight minutes Towns Peter Heler easily converted a simple cross to put the visitors ahead.

Hey came right back and were duly rewarded on 18m when Brandon Zibaka like the first goal easily popped in a cross from the right to draw it level to 1-1,after this plenty chances were had by all but most went over the sticks with the occasional effort going wide and in one case an Abbey Hey shot went over and onto the railway line, fortunately the Manchester to Sheffield line which goes through places like Ryder Brow and Gorton only has an hourly service so no delays were called for,Phew!!!

Second half came and went which in turn brought open the floodgates to plenty more goal action.

Ryan Wintle put Town back ahead with an easy goal after Hey keeper Jon McIlwaine missed a catch which left Wintle with a near enough open goal then six minutes later Michael Blundell made 3-1 to Alsager after a lovely display of passing led to him ably doing round the keeper to slot it home.

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Abbey Hey continued the fight with their skipper Daniel Hewitt covering more blades of grass than the groundsman to keep them in it, this was rewarded when sub Max Pouncey did just what his surname said on the tin gate he got the ball in the back of the net from a free kick near to the clubhouse side of the touch line to bring it to 3-2 in Alsager’s favour.

However any chance of levelling were dealt a cruel blow just five minutes later when on 84 minutes Ryan Wintle got his second and Alsager’s fourth to make it 4-2 to the visitors.

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It’s going to be a tough and long season for Abbey Hey here, They do have some good players, Brandon Zibaka will be a handful for plenty defences that is unless any other club try to snap him up, He has pace and holds up the ball very well indeed, For Alsager one who caught my eye was their defender Reiss Lee who is a very tall and imposing figure, He can play a few levels higher without a doubt.

Alsager move to 14th after this win,they can kick on and put some more points on the board.

Abbey Hey XI

McIlwaine,Samms,Moss,Burywood,Flanagan,Hewitt (C),Murray,Zibaka,Harney,Hardy.

Subs,Lawrence,Varela,Gilgour,Jones,Pouncey.

Alsager Town XI

Drydin,Evans,Chadwick,Taylor,Lee,Prince,Heler (C),Wintle,Smith,Blundell,Reaney.

Subs,Cox,Elcock,Haddrell,Twigg

Ref,Daniel Issawi

Assistants,Owen Williams,Clive Brown.

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