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23rd November 2014 – Cromwell Athletic Spitfires v Seneley & Garswood Hawks

The visitors were looking to avenge a 1-0 reversal against Cromwell from earlier in the season and despite being without a few of their regulars arrived in Warrington in great form having gone the last eight games unbeaten, indeed their only reversal of the season having been against today’s opponents.

Garswood again went with a 3-4-1-2 formation and looked to get on the front foot from the off and started the game in confident mood creating chances from the outset.

With fifteen minutes gone Alexi Mellor threaded a fine through ball behind the defence and Aaron Beavan raced clear to prod home right footed from ten yards out.

The visitors continued to attack and doubled their lead soon after when another slide rule pass from the excellent Alexi Mellor saw Liam Hilton race clear and apply a superb left foot finish giving the home keeper no chance.

Ryan Eden then raced down the left hand channel and dinked a lovely pass to the far post where Aaron Beavan headed back across goal only for the home keeper to make a stunning save however he could only palm the ball into the path of Liam Hilton who hammered home his second of the match from five yards out.

Right on the half time whistle, Ryan Eden whipped a corner in from the visitor’s right towards the penalty spot which was met with a thunderbolt of a header from Ollie Kennedy to give the visitors a 4-0 half time lead.

Three subs were introduced early in the second half and the instruction to the lads was to keep the intensity that they showed in the first period going.

 

Five minutes in Ollie Kennedy won the ball in the middle of the park and played in Alexi Mellor who crossed to the far post for Ryan Eden to tap home after the home keeper spilled the cross. Further chances came and Matty Marsh and Ollie Kennedy were both unlucky as they rattled the woodwork before Jay Herring put the gloss on a fine display as he tapped home from five yards out after a through ball from Ollie Kennedy was deflected into his path.

A decent result on a tough pitch and credit must go to the hosts Cromwell who played the game in a great spirit throughout, never letting their heads drop.

Final Result – Cromwell Athletic Spitfires 0 v Seneley & Garswood Hawks 6

Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson (Captain), J. A. Williams, O. Kennedy, E. Apter, A. Mellor, L. Dixon, L. Hilton, R. Eden, A. Beavan, C. Davies – Subs – O. Roberts, M. Marsh, J. Herring

Goal scorers – L. Hilton (2), O. Kennedy, A. Beavan, R. Eden, J. Herring.

Man of the Match – O. Kennedy – Terrific display from midfielder Ollie, scored with a bullet of a header and was always organising the midfield and driving the team forwards.

16th November 2014 – Seneley & Garswood Hawks v Leigh Genesis Neutrons

The hosts welcomed Leigh for a mid morning kick off to Birch grove for the teams third encounter in three months. Garswood had won the previous two encounters in the league and cup by an aggregate score of 14-2 but had watched Leigh play Newton a few weeks ago when they won 10-1 and knew that were in for a tough game against a decent outfit.

The visitors went with a 3-4-1-2 formation and looked to get on the front foot from the outset and with only five minutes gone the deadlock was broken. An out-swinging corner was cleared from the right to Jack Perrat who swung a delicious cross into the mixer and Liam Hilton took one touch at the far post before firing a fine finish past the Leigh keeper with his left foot.

 

The conditions underfoot weren’t helping the hosts to play their short passing game and they were getting dragged into a real battle as the visitors went with three up front and looked to pick up any scraps from long balls played forward early, by-passing the midfield.

On one such occasion home keeper Dan Finney made a flying stop to tip the ball round the post from the opposition’s number 15 sweet strike, before the same player struck the bar from 30 yards out with a superb dipping effort. The home team nearly added to their tally just before the break but somehow Alexi Mellor’s shot was cleared of the line by a Leigh defender to take us into the interval with a 1-0 lead.

Three subs were introduced early in the second half and the instruction to the lads at half time was to keep the ball on the deck and attack again from the outset. With ten minutes gone Jack Perrat took aim speculatively from 40 yards and wheeled away in celebration when the ball somehow went under the Leigh keeper’s foot.

Garswood were enjoying a lot of possession in the final third of the pitch now and after a corner was only half cleared to the edge of the box, Ollie Kennedy capped another fine display as he rifled a half volley into the top corner giving the keeper no chance.

Aaron Beavan then showed great bravery as he went into a 50/50 aerial challenge with the home keeper and came off worse, but somehow picked himself up to arrow a right footed penalty into the top corner with some aplomb. With five minutes left, Ryan Eden went on a surging run down the right hand side beating three defenders before being clipped just inside the box and as Aaron had done earlier, picked himself up to stroke home the penalty low to the keepers left to put the gloss on a hard fought win.

Final Result – Seneley & Garswood Hawks 5 v Leigh Genesis Neutrons 0

Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson, J. Perrat (Captain), J. A. Williams, O. Kennedy, E. Apter, A. Mellor (Captain), M. Marsh, L. Hilton, R. Eden, C. Ashurst – Subs – O. Roberts, A. Beavan, L. Dixon

Goal scorers – L. Hilton, J. Perrat, O. Kennedy, A. Beavan, R. Eden

Man of the Match – A. Mellor – Another superb display by captain for the day Alexi who was a constant menace with his willingness to run at people, he has been a fantastic player for us all season.

9th November 2014 – Wigan Junior Latics v Seneley & Garswood Hawks

As no fixture was pencilled in a friendly was hastily arranged with Wigan Latics who played their football two divisions above the visitors. Garswood suffered a defeat here two seasons ago in the cup and knew that they were in for a tough test but wanted to ensure that they kept their recent run of good results going

The visitors deployed a 3-1-3-3 formation and attacked from the outset with chance after chance created, going close on several occasions before the deadlock was broken by left winger Matty Marsh after the keeper made a fine save from Jay Herrings rasping drive. Four substitutes were introduced after 15 minutes and within moments Alexi Mellor applied a cool finish after being put though on goal to put the visitors in control.
Some of the football at this point was fabulous to watch as Garswood looked to take advantage of Wigan’s high back line and a third was added after Ryan Eden cut in from the left and curled a beauty into the top right hand corner to give the visitors a 0-3 half time lead.
More substitutes were introduced at half time and the visitors started brightly enough, but their trademark passing game was replaced by long balls over the top and a combination of this and some of the lads being asked to play in unfamiliar positions led to the hosts getting a foothold back into the match.
Two quick fire goals with ten minutes remaining saw the match poised at 2-3 before Ethan Apter lifted the ball over the opponents back four and Alexi Mellor broke down the right hand side before volleying past the keeper with a smart finish.
The drama was not complete however as with two minutes remaining a penalty was given to the hosts, visiting keeper Dan Finney making a superb save before Wigan’s centre forward stroked home the rebound. Garswood saw out the last couple of minutes in determined fashion in this competitive friendly (anything but a) fixture.

Final Result – Wigan Latics Juniors 3 v Seneley & Garswood Hawks 4
Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson, L. Dixon (Captain), J. A. Williams, O. Kennedy, J. Herring, C. Davies, M. Marsh, O. Roberts, R. Eden, A. Beavan – Subs – J.Perrat, A. Mellor, E. Apter, C. Ashurst

Goal scorers – M. Marsh, A. Mellor (2), R. Eden

Man of the Match – D. Finney – Made a fantastic stop in the first half with his feet and came to the visitors rescue late on with a couple of great stops when the game could have goin either way; unlucky with his penalty save.

2nd November 2014 – Seneley & Garswood Hawks v Culcheth Falcons

Garswood welcomed Culcheth to Birch Grove for their unusually late 2pm kick off with both sides looking to make a charge up the Division 3 league table. 

The instructions to the lads prior to kick-off was to make “avery” tackle, “prey” for a good result, not to give any “cheep”free kicks away and to knock their opponents off their “perch” (get it – Hawks v Falcons, come on, keep up)!

The hosts looked sharp from the outset and it was no surprise when they deservedly took the lead midway through the first half when pocket dynamo Liam Hilton applied a fine finish after good work from Jay Herring.

Garswood poured forward at every opportunity and should have added to their tally but a mixture of good goalkeeping and wayward finishing prevented them from extending their lead. Towards the end of the half Culcheth launched a couple of counter attacks and home keeper Dan Finney made a fine stop when racing from his line to prevent an equaliser.

The home side made a couple of changes 30 seconds before the interval; this was not a tactical ploy, more an error caused by the managers dodgy watch purchased from a market in Rhodes during the summer!

Three more substitutes were introduced early in the second half and soon after a second goal was added by the impressive Cameron Davies who then doubled his tally when he fired home a fantastic free kick from 25 yards out which gave the visiting keeper no chance to make the score line 3-0.

Ollie Kennedy then capped a fine midfield display with a right footed finish from ten yards out before Ryan Eden scored the fifth with a trademark run down the right hand side beating three defenders before firing low into the bottom left hand corner.

Some of the football played in the second half was great to watch and the result was a reward for the hard work that the lads have been putting in at training. Hopefully this win will start to build real momentum and belief and serve us well for the coming months.

Final Result – Seneley & Garswood Hawks 5 v Culcheth Falcons 0

Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson, L. Dixon, J. A. Williams (captain), C. Ashurst, O. Kennedy, E. Apter, A. Mellor, L. Hilton, J. Herring, C. Davies – Subs – R. Eden, J.Perrat, O. Roberts, A. Beavan, M. Marsh

Goal scorers – L. Hilton, C. Davies (2), O. Kennedy, R. Eden

Man of the Match – J. A. Williams – Another commanding display from Josh who put in a captains performance. He has been superb all season and didn’t miss a tackle or header all afternoon.

26th October 2014 – Seneley & Garswood Hawks v Widnes Wolves – Presidents Cup Round 1st

Garswood arrived at the ever windy Birch Grove for a Presidents Cup 1st Round tie against a Widnes side two divisions above them and were looking to produce a giant killing result.

The hosts were without a couple of their ever presents but this gave an opportunity to other squad members to force their way into the coaches thoughts when the starting eleven is picked before kick off each week.

As per the last match here, the instruction to the lads was to start at a high tempo and keep the ball on the deck as the gales increased by the minute.

Both sides looked to win the midfield battle early on and Ethan Apter and Ollie Kennedy provided the defensive shield for Alexi Mellor to get forward and join the attack in what was an entertaining opening twenty minutes.

Captain Cameron Ashurst produced some fine football down the right hand channel and this lead to several corners, one of them delivered by Ollie’s right foot which pinged across the box before a visiting defender smacked the ball into Jay Herring’s backside to see it bobble past the keeper.

Garswood continued to attack and five minutes later made it 2-0 as Owen Roberts teed up Aaron Bevan who let fly from the edge of the box with a fantastic right footed finish into the bottom corner.

Garswood made three changes early in the second half and knew that they would have to put in a shift with the wind changing direction and blowing against them.

With ten minutes gone Widnes got a foothold back in the game after their centre forward got behind the hosts back line and slotted home with a cool finish. Now was a time were the lads needed to defend like men and they stood up to the task as the back three of Liam Dixon, Josh Aubrey Williams and Brad Wilson were marshalled expertly by home keeper Dan Finney.

The next goal was obviously going to be crucial and after some fine hold up play from Jay Herring, Liam Hilton ran on to a through ball and hit a wonderful right foot finish into the bottom corner of the net across the keepers despairing dive. The hosts then shut up shop and saw out the last ten minutes without ever really looking threatened and savoured a fine result against a decent Division 1 outfit.

Final Result – Seneley & Garswood Hawks 3 v Widnes Wolves 1

Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson, M. Marsh, J. A. Williams, C. Ashurst (captain), O. Kennedy, E. Apter, A. Mellor, O. Roberts, A. Beavan, J. Herring– Subs – L. Hilton, C. Davies, L. Dixon

Goal scorers – J. Herring, A. Beavan, L. Hilton

Man of the Match – Honestly could not single any of the lads out as they all gave 110% against bigger and more illustrious opponents, a real team performance.

19th October 2014 – Seneley & Garswood Hawks v Penlake Juniors

Garswood hosted local rivals Penlake looking to climb up the table with a decent result after drawing their last match away v Appleton.

Despite the North West bathing in autumnal sunshine, the micro climate that is Birch Grove saw the temperature plummet to not much above freezing, an almost gale force wind making playing conditions tough.

The order of the day was to keep the ball on the deck and try and impose our passing game from the outset. The match kicked off and the hosts started brightly with wave after wave of attacks and the deadlock was broken 20 minutes in as Cameron Davies applied a smart finish from the edge of the box giving the keeper no chance.

Liam Hilton almost doubled the lead just before half time when some great work down the left from Cameron Davies and Ryan Eden left him 5 yards out, but somehow a defender managed to clear the ball off the line.

Garswood introduced four subs in the second half and re-iterated the instruction to the lads to keep the ball on the deck due to the increasing windy conditions but as the half wore on were found guilty of trying to play the long ball in a style more suited to our opponents.

Despite this a few chances were created but after a contentious free kick was given 40 yards out the Penlake number 10 hit a dipping swerving shot which flew into the net giving home keeper Dan Finney no chance, indeed three premiership keepers would have struggled to keep it out!

The hosts threw caution to the wind (sorry about the pun) but could not get a winner and were left to lick their wounds after dominating a match that they really should have won.

Final Result – Seneley & Garswood Hawks 1 v Penlake Juniors 1

Garswood Hawks – D. Finney, B. Wilson, J. Perrat, J. A. Williams, C. Ashurst, R. Eden (captain), L. Hilton, E. Apter, A. Mellor, C. Davies, L. Dixon – Subs – O. Roberts, O. Kennedy, A. Beavan, M. Marsh, J. Herring

Goal scorer – C. Davies

Man of the Match – Brad Wilson – commanding presence at centre half and has found some real consistency to his game, big player for us this season.