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Garswood Hawks v Parkdale Sidac – 3rd October

Garswood welcomed Parkdale Sidac to Birch Grove for their mid-morning kick-off; the visitors had started the season well and were unbeaten going into this game but the hosts wanted to keep the momentum going after last week’s fine win. Both sides had a couple of chances before Garswood took the lead with 20 minutes gone as a fine corner from the right from Ryan Eden was bundled into the net at the back post by Alexi Mellor. Ryan almost extended the lead just before half time with a mazy run down the left hand side before cutting in and smacking the post but the hosts had to settle for just the one goal advantage at the break. Five minutes into the second half the lead was doubled after Cam Davies floated a free kick into the opponents box, Jay Herring flicking the ball on for Alexi to head past the keeper with another cool finish. A few minutes later Liam Dixon slid into a 50-50 in the centre of the pitch 40 yards out and connected solidly as the ball looped over the keeper (we know you meant it Liam)! The hosts made their second half dominance pay as a carbon copy of the opener saw Alexi Mellor nodding in another fine corner from Ryan Eden at the far post to give him his second hat-trick in as many games! Garswood played almost all of the second period in the opponents half and had a chance to add a fifth after Ethan Apter split the away defence sending Liam Hilton clear but his cheeky lob from 20 yards out ended just the wrong side of the crossbar. A good solid result against well drilled opponents who sat second in the league prior to today and a clean sheet thrown in which is always welcome.

Final Score – Garswood Hawks 4 v Parkdale Sidac 0

Scorers – Alexi Mellor (3), Liam Dixon – Man of the Match –  Alexi Mellor, on a red hot goal-scoring run and such a threat when he drives forward. He will no doubt be looking forward to another goal scoring performance on his old stomping ground at Bleak Hill next week.

Culcheth Juniors v Garswood Hawks – 27th September

Garswood travelled to Culcheth for their early morning kick-off at the Oaks looking to rediscover their pre-season form after suffering consecutive setbacks in the last two games. The visitors were still struggling with numbers with only 13 lads available and were told to get at the opposition early on while pressing high up the pitch and the tactic paid off almost immediately. With less than 5 minutes on the clock Jay Herring flicked on a diagonal ball played from deep into the path of Jack Moore who clipped the ball past the keeper with his left foot from 10 yards out. Five minutes later after some smart interplay down the right channel from Cam Davies and Liam Dixon the ball fell to Captain Ollie Kennedy who rifled in a rocket with his right foot which flew over the keeper into the top corner. Ollie got his second of the game a few minutes later with a fine headed finish from a corner played in by Alexi Mellor, and then Jay Herring finished superbly when one on one with the keeper with a left footed drive. Garswood added to their tally just before half time when Jack Moore beat the keeper with a fine finish to put the visitors 0-5 up at the break.

Culcheth kicked off the second half and within a few minutes scored to reduce the deficit slightly before Alexi Mellor got a quick-fire double with two superb finishes to put the visitors 1-7 up. The visitors were slightly guilty of switching off in the last twenty minutes as Culcheth scored a couple of late goals to make the score-line look a little more respectable. No referee available and the hosts had no one who could step up but Garswood coach Paul Hughes guested with the whistle and put in a fine shift. He talked to both the lads and touchlines throughout and may have missed his vocation after a display like this!

Final Score – Culcheth Juniors 3 v Garswood Hawks 7

Scorers – Alexi Mellor (3), Ollie Kennedy (2), Jay Herring, Jack Moore – Man of the Match –  Jack Moore, all action display from Jack, looked comfortable on the ball and threatened every time he went forward.

Rainford Rangers v Garswood Hawks – 20th September

Garswood travelled to Rainford looking for a positive result in the 1st round of the Preliminary Cup against more illustrious opponents who were placed towards the Premier league summit. The visitors, despite having 6 regulars unavailable through injury/illness started well and gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges but a similar story to the previous week unfolded as within a crazy ten minutes they found themselves three goals behind. The 11 lads available showed some real pride to dig in until half time and got a foothold back in the game when Alexi Mellor rifled in a contender for goal of the season from just inside his own half to make the score 3-1. Garswood poured forward and after forward Liam Hilton was clipped from behind in the box missed a penalty and then rattled the crossbar when Ryan Eden curled a free kick from 20 yards but were undone ten minutes from the end when Rainford effectively killed the game off making at 4-1. Although a disappointing result, the visitors can take great heart from a spirited display against opponents who will challenge for honours in the Premier league this year.  Disappointingly, no ref was available for the 2nd week running, one of the opponent’s parents did a great job to be fair but in big matches it’s always better to have a qualified referee officiate the game.

Final Score – Rainford Rangers 4 v Garswood Hawks 1

Scorer – Alexi Mellor – Man of the Match – Cam Davie’s, had a superb start to the season playing in a new position in defence. Strong in the tackle, good in the air and never took a backward step.

Rainhill Utd Villa v Garswood Hawks – 13th September

After working hard all summer and having a great pre-season their seemed a strange atmosphere hanging over the squad as we all knew that we could well be without Brad Wilson for a while after his injury in the previous match. The lads competed against well drilled opponents in the first half and should have taken the lead when Liam Dixon was tripped in the box but couldn’t convert from 12 yards and the half time whistle saw a blank drawn by both teams. Although the visitors tried to impose their passing game in the 2nd half they had to do so without the influential Ryan Eden and Chris Cox due to injury and they were soon behind and in the blink of an eye suddenly found themselves staring at a 3 goal deficit. At the final whistle the visitors knew they had been in a battle but if we were going to have a successful season in Division 2 we had to stand up to the fight and not take a backward step against bigger opponents. Garswood did have chances to get a goal or two back but no argument could be said about the result, Rainhill thoroughly deserving the 3 points with just a little more desire and bottle than their disappointed opponents.

Final Score – Rainhill Utd Villa 3 v Garswood Hawks 0

Man of the Match – Jack Moore, constant energy on the left hand side of defence in an unaccustomed role, an excellent addition to the squad for this season.

Billinge FC v Garswood Hawks – 9th September

Garswood travelled to local neighbours Billinge for a midweek friendly against opposition who plied their trade in the Premier League the previous season and were now a division above them. The match kicked off in glorious conditions on a superb pitch and started at a frantic pace with both sides looking to gain the initiative. Some great saves by both keepers kept the score line at 0-0 going into the half time break. Ten minutes into the second half the visitors took the lead after Jack Moore kept his cool when one on one with the keeper to slot home with a well taken finish. Both sides had chances but with only a couple of minutes left Garswood centre half Brad Wilson went into a 50-50 ball and was left writhing in agony. The visitors held on for a 0-1 win but the evening was soured as Brad was in considerable discomfort, all of our fingers are crossed that Brad’s injury is not serious.

Final Score – Biilinge FC 0 v Garswood Hawks 1

Scorer – Jack Moore, Man of the Match – Brad Wilson, not mentioned at the time but the award undoubtedly goes to Brad, strong as an ox in the tackle, brave as a lion and a pleasure to coach.