Prestwich Heys 2 v 1 Skelmersdale United

By Frank Hughes

A difficult game to sum up in many ways. But if ever there was a chance of getting something out of a game, then Prestwich handed this to us on a plate. Skem were one nil up and Prestwich one man down before the break when Kayle Power was sent off just before the half time interval. That unfortunately didn’t tell the full story as Stubborn slow starters; Heys, dominated much of the first half without really breaking much of a sweat.

United managed to get their noses ahead in the 17th minute with their first attack of any substance, when Luke Byron was upended in the box. He then went on to convert the resultant penalty. The home side continued to dominate the game but lacked the cutting edge, and to be fair United defended well to their limited chances.

With the sending off just before the stroke of half time and some enforced changes by the home side, you would’ve thought United’s tails would’ve been up going into the second half, but fundamentally, Heys were still the better team and therefore a change in formation was just a minor inconvenience. They were still capable of defending against a team that’s struggling to score goals, and had an even greater appetite to go forward because they were trailing. So it was no surprise when they found themselves back on level terms.

Heys were awarded a free kick in the 57th minute. Matt Davies fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal and although Ben Barnes got down well to parry the ball, Greg Davies picked up on the loose ball slotted home from close range.

Seven minutes later the home team scored the goal which ultimately knocked the stuffing out of Skem. Once again it was via a free kick which was poorly defended and headed home by Aaron Chalmers.

Matt Potter made a few changes to try and steal a point from the jaws of defeat, but in fairness they huffed and puffed without much success, although Bollongino’s late effort was deflected onto the post.

10-defeats on the bounce, with many questions and sadly bereft of any answers.



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