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Pilks close the gap at the top
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 4-0 Daten FC Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 16th February 2019  Pilks moved closer to the Cheshire League Premier Division league leaders, Altrincham Reserves with a stunning 4-0 victory at the Arcoframe Stadium over top six team Daten. They were relentless in their pursuit of this victory and didn?t really give the opposition … Continue reading Pilks close the gap at the top   more...

Pilkington FC 4-0 Daten FC
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 16th February 2019 

Pilks moved closer to the Cheshire League Premier Division league leaders, Altrincham Reserves with a stunning 4-0 victory at the Arcoframe Stadium over top six team Daten. They were relentless in their pursuit of this victory and didn?t really give the opposition a chance from the first to last minute.

Within 10 minutes they had opened the scoring when man of the match Ben Maddocks dispatched the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards out. Two minutes later captain Graham Boylan won the flick on for Luke Sephton who in turn played in Matty Taylor for his first of the afternoon.

Pilks were in total control of this game and should have extended their lead by more before the half. Taylor went close with a free kick and then Sephton blazed over from 6 yards out. With minutes left Mason Ryan?s cross come shot hit the bar and the advancing Adam Dixon went close with the rebound.

The second half was more of the same as Daten found it hard to even mount a meaningful effort.

5 minutes in and Maddock?s played a sublime ball to split the defence and Taylor?s cross narrowly evaded Deklan Hill. Ten minutes later and Daten finally got a chance to exert some pressure with Whalley going close from long range.

Young Taylor Prescott replaced Sephton and it was his cross to Matty Taylor that nearly made it 3-0. Unfortunately Taylor was unable to get the ball out of his feet quick enough and the effort was blocked.

Pilks did extend their lead on 70 minutes when Jack Cunliffe arrived at the edge of the box to fire a bullet of a shot into the net to make it 3-0. A minute later and Ryan cut inside from a good overlap but blazed over.

As the game came to a close Cunliffe was involved again as his played in Taylor who forced a good save off the keeper. Then with a minute to go, Taylor got his second when he brought down the ball and rounded the keeper in one movement before passing into the empty net to make it 4-0.

Managers’ Comments: “The determination and effort was great today and it’s really pleasing that we reacted after a poor display last week. We have to just keep going and putting pressure on the top team in the hope that they slip up.”

MOM: Ben Maddocks

 

Quarter-final exit from the cup
Category Uncategorized
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Description: AFC Liverpool Reserves FC 2-1 Pilkington FC Liverpool FA Challenge Cup Quarter-Final, Saturday 9th February 2019 Pilks crashed out of the Liverpool FA Challenge Cup as they were beaten 2-1 away at AFC Liverpool Reserves. Pilks struggled to settle into the game and spent most of the first half working out how to open up … Continue reading Quarter-final exit from the cup   more...

AFC Liverpool Reserves FC 2-1 Pilkington FC
Liverpool FA Challenge Cup Quarter-Final, Saturday 9th February 2019

Pilks crashed out of the Liverpool FA Challenge Cup as they were beaten 2-1 away at AFC Liverpool Reserves.

Pilks struggled to settle into the game and spent most of the first half working out how to open up a very well organised team.

Despite enjoying the vast majority of the possession, all their play was rushed and direct and it took 27 minutes to fashion any kind of opening when they finally got the ball into the channels for Matty Taylor?s send in a cross that narrowly evaded the on rushing Ben Maddocks and Deklan Hill.

A few minutes later Pilks found themselves a goal down against the run of play. AFC?s lively forward Jordan Foster turned on a sixpence at the edge of the box and dispatched a left footed shot past the outstretched Patrick McLaughlin. This seemed to give AFC encouragement and they forced a good save out of McLaughlin.
Taylor then had a chance to equal things up with an attempted lob from the keeper’s poor clearance.

On 41 minutes Jack McConville found himself the wrong side of the forward and his clumsy tackle led to a penalty and a yellow card. Foster dispatched the penalty for his and AFC?s second.

Pilks responded well by grabbing one back right on the stroke of half-time. Maddocks hit the bar from a corner and Luke Sephton headed home the rebound.

Half-time: AFC Liverpool Reserves FC 2-1 Pilkington FC

The second half was very much the same as Pilks controlled most of the possession. They spent most of this period in the opposition?s areas but this time their play was lot more controlled as they moved the ball around well looking for a way to break down the stubborn defence.

On a rare attack McLaughlin was called upon again to pull off a vital save before Sephton raced clear but shot straight at the keeper. On 75 mins Sephton had another chance to equalise but blasted over from six yards out.

With ten minutes there were rare moments of pressure from AFC. Firstly, McConville was harshly adjudged to have fouled the opponent and received his second yellow card and Foster?s shot was deflected onto the bar as AFC looked to finish the game off.

Pilks were in control but just couldn?t find the opening. It did seem as though they had finally found it as the game entered injury time but Taylor Prescott stabbed Matty Taylor?s cross onto the post.

In the end despite controlling most of the game, Pilks seemed to lack the cutting edge to break down a stubborn team who now move into a semi-final tie against East Villa.

Full-time: AFC Liverpool Reserves FC 2-1 Pilkington FC

Managers’ Comments: It?s really disappointing to go out of the competition at this late stage. We think some of play was great today but the whole performance lacked a sense of composure and pace to open the opposition up.

MOM: Jack Cunliffe

Reserves brush aside Moore
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington Reserves 3-0 Moore United Reserves Cheshire League Reserve Division, Saturday 9th February After a great training session mid week Pilkington Reserves were looking for a big performance and they didn’t disappoint. From the first whistle they were on the front foot. On 7 minutes a deep corner from Fraser glanced off the head of … Continue reading Reserves brush aside Moore   more...

Pilkington Reserves 3-0 Moore United Reserves
Cheshire League Reserve Division, Saturday 9th February

After a great training session mid week Pilkington Reserves were looking for a big performance and they didn’t disappoint.

From the first whistle they were on the front foot. On 7 minutes a deep corner from Fraser glanced off the head of striker Tao. Moments later David Parry cut inside, played a neat pass into Tao he found Higham who drilled his shot into the palms of the keeper.

It was all Pilks, the assault on the Moore FC goal continued. Further chances came and went and on 25 minutes Edwards volleyed another Fraser set piece off the post. It was a matter of time before the breakthrough arrived. 10 minutes before the interval another Fraser set piece landed at the feet of centre half Edwards, he showed the calmness of a veteran striker and drilled the ball home left footed.

Half-time: Pilkington Reserves 1-0 Moore United Reserves

The second half started as the first half had ended, Pilks on the front foot and creating chances. A long clearance found Tao 1v1 with the keeper but he shot just wide. The lively debutant Ben Langley found Tao again in space but his left footed shot was again just wide. On 72 minutes the second goal arrived. Midfielder Fraser found himself in unfamiliar terrority, he broke the offside trap before sitting the keeper down and squaring to skipper Connelly who had the easy task to pass the ball into the empty net.

Pilks were in total control but did switch off to allow the visitors their first attempt on goal on 82 minutes. A dangerous corner was headed just wide.

Pilks continued to create chances and with a 2 goal advantage started to move the ball around. In injury time the goal of the game arrived, the ball was moved across the Pilks back 4, into midfield with one and two touch passing. The play was switched wide to Molyneux who’s cross found 16-year old Bickerstaffe who calmly slotted home to top off a great personal performance and his first senior goal.

Full-time: Pilkington Reserves 1-0 Moore United Reserves

Manager’s comments: “I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, on another day it could of been double figures. That’s my message to the young lads to be more ruthless In front of goal. Big well done to the back 4 who were tremendous and limited them to a few attempts at goal. We look forward to next week and a big test versus Vulcan.”

MOM: Jake Bickerstaffe

Reserves held in Hook?s first game in charge
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington Reserves 2-2 Daten Reserves Saturday 2nd February, Cheshire League Reserve Division Pilkington came into the game on the back of 2 defeats and with new manager Jack Hook in the dugout they were looking for a response. It was a cagey start from both teams and it took some 20 minutes for the first … Continue reading Reserves held in Hook’s first game in charge   more...

Pilkington Reserves 2-2 Daten Reserves
Saturday 2nd February, Cheshire League Reserve Division

Pilkington came into the game on the back of 2 defeats and with new manager Jack Hook in the dugout they were looking for a response.

It was a cagey start from both teams and it took some 20 minutes for the first shot on goal, Rory Campbell delivered a 40yd pass into the path of the speedy Higham down the right, his low cross was met by Tao who’s shot whistled past the post.

Pilks went ahead 2 minutes later, great pressing from Jake Bickerstaffe and Alex Higham resulted in the ball breaking to Tao who’s clever turn was to good for the defender who could only bring him down. Rory Campbell fired home the resulting spot kick.

This seemed spark the visitors into life, immediately from the restart they broke away and it took an outstanding save from Finney to keep Pilks ahead. The warning signs were there and on 35 minutes Daten had their reward, the inexperience of the youthful Pilks showed when possession was turned over cheaply the Pilks midfield opened up and the Daten attacker took full advantage to fire home.

Pilks responded well and with 5 minutes remaining of the half the threat of Higham was evident again as he raced through on goal only for his powerful shot to be straight at the keeper.

As half time approached a deep cross into the heart of the Pilks defence struck the arm of centre half Luke Campbell, it seemed harsh but a penalty was given. Potter struck home to give Daten a 1-2 lead at HT.

Half-time Pilkington Reserves 1-2 Daten Reserves

Pilks started the second half brightly and seemed to be more aggressive in their approach, within 5 minutes they were level. Campbell’s fine pass sent Sephton free and his accurate shot found the bottom corner. Pilks were now in the ascendancy and further chances fell to Sephton who was denied by the Daten keeper.

The chance of the half fell on 72 minutes, Fillingham’s inch perfect pass was met by Sephton, his first time effort was blocked at the feet of the keeper, Higham looked certain to tap in the rebound but he failed to make solid contact.

There was still time for a Daten red card, a great stop from Pilkington’s Finney and a huge penalty appeal in stoppage time when Tao looked to have been pulled back at the far post. That happened to be the last action of the game and both teams settled for a point.

Manager’s Comments: I thought the lads deserved more, we were the team who took the game to them but we just lacked the quality and composure in the final third. Second half we improved the tempo of our game and created chances. It’s a young team with lots of potential and we’ll be looking to add some experience over the coming weeks.

MOM: Rory Campbell

Match Photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Pilks sweep aside Middlewich
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 6-1 Middlewich Town Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 26th January 2019 Pilks swept aside top four side Middlewich Town at the Arcoframe with a resounding 6-1 victory. They got the perfect start when Adam Dixon gave them the lead within 70 seconds with his shot curling into the top corner from just outside the … Continue reading Pilks sweep aside Middlewich   more...

Pilkington 6-1 Middlewich Town
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 26th January 2019

Pilks swept aside top four side Middlewich Town at the Arcoframe with a resounding 6-1 victory. They got the perfect start when Adam Dixon gave them the lead within 70 seconds with his shot curling into the top corner from just outside the box.

Middlewich rallied and hit the bar seven minutes in but two minutes later Pilks doubled their lead. There was some great play between Graham Boylan and Nathan Moore before Deklan Hill delivered the ball into the back post for Matty Taylor to head it back across the box for Luke Sephton to finish.

Pilks were relentless in their play and had total control of the game with ten minutes of the half left. Ben Maddocks played in Taylor who cut inside and shot from a tight angle. The keeper did well to push it wide and from the corner, centre half Callum Barry popped up at the back post to head home his first goal of the season.

Half-time: Pilkington 3-0 Middlewich Town

Pilks came out in the second half with the same desire to ensure they completed the job and were 4-0 up within minutes of the restart. Boylan played a beautiful waited pass with the outside of his foot to Taylor who cut inside once again but this time fired it into the bottom corner.

Middlewich forward Callum Preistley was unlucky to grab one back when a free kick flashed across the six-yard area before Mason Ryan went on a foraging run from full back only to be denied by the keeper.

James Smith pulled one back for the opposition on 72 minutes before Barry grabbed his second at the back post from an almost identical corner. Boylan was unplayable and he slipped Sephton in a minute later but he shot just wide.

Pilks were in total control as they pressed the opposition right to the end. With three minutes left Boylan completed his man of the match performance when he was put through but unselfishly passed sideways for Sephton to finish into a open goal.

This was a rampant performance by Pilks against a team who sit only two places below them in the title race.

Full-time: Pilkington 6-1 Middlewich Town

Manager’s Comment: “After last week’s tepid display we wanted a response from the lads. Their desire to win this game was great to see and the press right until the end was unreal. Boycey was outstanding in pinning their defenders back and letting the lads play from there.”

MOM: Graham Boylan

Tough draw at Daten
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Daten 2-2 Pilkington Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 19th January 2019 Pilks were dealt a blow in their title challenge when they scraped a 2-2 draw away at Daten. For the opening 20 minutes, Pilks were in total control but they were to rue their missed chances. From the kick off, Matty Taylor broke clear … Continue reading Tough draw at Daten   more...

Daten 2-2 Pilkington
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 19th January 2019

Pilks were dealt a blow in their title challenge when they scraped a 2-2 draw away at Daten.

For the opening 20 minutes, Pilks were in total control but they were to rue their missed chances. From the kick off, Matty Taylor broke clear but his cross was just evaded Luke Sephton and 8 minutes in Sephton was upended in the box but the penalty shout was waved away. 5 minutes later and Sammy Tickle?s long clearance was met by the impressive Adam Dixon who shot just over the bar.

Another attack and Taylor Prescott was unlucky to not get on the end of Taylor?s cross. From the resultant corner Sephton had his header cleared off the line and then Callum Barry headed over from yards out. Pilks really should have been two or three goals up by the time Daten had their first real opportunity.

Poor defending gave Daten a chance to shoot on 20 minutes and as Tickle parried the ball away, Ryan Meadows step forward to tap the ball in. Daten didn?t deserve to be ahead but their ruthlessness in front of goal was the difference. This goal also changed the direction of the game for the next 60 minutes. Pilks were knocked out of their stride and Daten started to control everything. They doubled their lead right on the stroke of half-time when Barry turned the ball into his own net from a free kick.

Pilks went in at half-time a little shell shocked and came out in the second half determined to get back into the game. Taylor?s effort was blocked near the goal-line, the ball flashed across the box a few times and Ben Maddocks was unlucky from close with a header. This early pressure then petered out and Daten gained control back in the middle part of the half.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Pilks got their rewards for battling on. With nine minutes left, Dixon delivered a ball into Taylor?s feet on the edge of the box and he turned and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. This injected belief into Pilks and a few minutes later they were level.

A long clearance by Tickle went over the Daten defence and as the advancing Taylor picked it up the keeper crashed into him. Dixon dispatched the penalty to draw Pilks level.

Pilks were now in the ascendancy but unfortunately they were unable to grab the winner. Daten had a goal ruled offside in injury time and Pilks will be thankful that they managed to come away with a point.

Managers’ View: “We were lucky today to come away with a point. We started really well but their two goals rocked us and we found it difficult to get back in the game. We thought Dicko was outstanding in keeping us driving forwards and we got our rewards in the end.”

MOM: Adam Dixon

Taylor hat-trick secures tough away win
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Malpas 1-3 Pilkington Saturday 12th January 2019, Cheshire League Premier Division A Matty Taylor hat-trick secured a tough 3-1 away win at Malpas. Pilks arrived expecting a difficult encounter against a team whose position in the league doesn?t reflect their quality and these expectations were justified as hosts dominated the first half of the game. … Continue reading Taylor hat-trick secures tough away win   more...

Malpas 1-3 Pilkington
Saturday 12th January 2019, Cheshire League Premier Division

A Matty Taylor hat-trick secured a tough 3-1 away win at Malpas. Pilks arrived expecting a difficult encounter against a team whose position in the league doesn?t reflect their quality and these expectations were justified as hosts dominated the first half of the game.

It took two good tackles from Jack McConville to keep the scores level before Pilks conjured up their first half chance on 21 minutes but Graham Boylan?s shot was snuffed out after great work from Luke Sephton.

Five minutes later came moments of madness for both teams. Firstly a mis-timed tackle by McConville led to a penalty for Malpas. As last week, young Patrick McLoughlin was the hero as he pulled off a great save. And from his long kick, Matty Taylor was upended in the box and bizarrely Pilks were now awarded a penalty. Unfortunately, Deklan Hill failed to score so the game remained at a deadlock.

This did seem to shake Pilks into action and they started to get closer to the opposition and find some composure on the ball. On 29 minutes, Taylor gave Pilks the lead when he arrived at the back post to head home Hill?s cross. Pilks were then unlucky to extend their lead when Boylan?s lob was cleared off the line and Jack Cunliffe?s goal bound shot was deflected.

But the opposition were not lying down and had a few chances themselves to get back in the game. They continued to battle hard and got their reward five minutes from half-time when Hailes equalised with a free header in the box.

Pilks came out with some purpose in the second half and went ahead within minutes. Nathan Moore skipped past a few players and delivered a deep cross that Taylor somehow managed to head home at the back post. There was controversy as the opposition disputed it but in the absence of goal-line technology the assistant referee ruled it a goal.

Whilst not being a real threat to the Pilks goal the opposition refused to lie down. With eleven minutes remaining Taylor completed his hat-trick with a strike of real quality. Sephton flicked the ball on and Taylor cut inside and dispatched his shot in the top corner to give the keeper no chance.

Despite this the opposition kept coming and McLoughlin was called into action in the closing minutes to preserve the lead. The last action of the game saw Hill?s volley cleared off the line.

Managers’ Comments: We are pleased that the lads found a way to get the three points today as it’s a very difficult place to come and grind out three points. They never lay down and we shown great character.

MOM: Matty Taylor

Macca saves the day
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 3-1 Denton Town Saturday 5th January 2019, Cheshire League Premier Division Youth team keeper Patrick McLoughlin was the hero of the day as Pilks beat Denton Town 3-1 at the Arcoframe Stadium. McLoughlin, standing in for regular keeper Sam Tickle who was on England duty, turned in a MOM performance as the rest of … Continue reading Macca saves the day   more...

Pilkington 3-1 Denton Town
Saturday 5th January 2019, Cheshire League Premier Division

Youth team keeper Patrick McLoughlin was the hero of the day as Pilks beat Denton Town 3-1 at the Arcoframe Stadium.

McLoughlin, standing in for regular keeper Sam Tickle who was on England duty, turned in a MOM performance as the rest of the team seemed to lack the desire they have been showing recently.

Straight from the kick off Luke Sephton went through and shot just wide. From this, you?d have been forgiven to think that the three points would have been easy to obtain against a team that sits bottom of the league and on the end of a 7-0 hammering from Pilks in September.

But this was a different team from that day and Denton got a grip with the game much earlier than Pilks. They had control of the midfield and the lively no 9 was causing the Pilks defence lots of problems. He was a constant thorn in their side and had two one-on-one chances where McLoughlin came out on top.

Denton were unlucky not to take the lead on 28 minutes when they hit the post and the ball rolled along the line before being cleared. Pilks were sluggish in possession and really should have been a few goals down by the time they got their next effort at goal.

Sephton?s cross was met by Deklan Hill who knocked it down for Graham Boylan but his volley went wide. This seemed to jolt Pilks into action and slowly they started to get a foothold in the game. Helped by the loss of the opposition?s impressive captain, they started to get a grip of the midfield and created a few half chances before the first goal came on the stroke of half time.

Sephton turned well and fed Ben Maddocks who slotted past the keeper. Pilks were very lucky to go into the half ahead.

Denton came out straight away on the attack and it took another good save from McLoughlin to keep Pilks ahead. Just two minutes in and they had another good opportunity in the box that needed a last ditch tackle from Nathan Moore to prevent the shot. From the corner Pilks broke fast and freed Matty Taylor down the right, he cut it back to Hill but his shot was parried wide by the keeper. Luckily Sephton was following in and he doubled Pilks lead from a tight angle.

On 52 minutes Denton were unlucky again when they struck the bar and despite a few pot shots for Pilks, they were the side that looked more in control of the game.

Pilks lost central defender Miguel Gillam to injury on 65 minutes and they introduced Chris Luby upfront. He had an half chance before unfortunately Pilks lost him five minutes later. Following an off-the ball scuffle with the Denton?s centre-half, they we?re both sent off in what seemed a harsh decision.

This effected Pilks more and on 75 minutes a ball over the top let the forward in to round McLoughlin to pull a goal back. It was only fair that Denton got this goal but their revival lasted only minutes as Hill headed home from Taylor?s pinpoint free-kick.

Denton continued to push forward and at times it was desperate defending and some great goalkeeping that kept them at bay. McLoughlin was called upon to make few big saves as the game closed out, the pick of these was a superb top corner save from a 25 yard shot.

In the end Pilks can be thankful to McLoughlin for having another three points after putting in a display that fell way below their usual standards.

Managers’ Comments: “The lads know that we got away with that one. It was a poor performance all round apart from Macca who was outstanding. He’s a fantastic young keeper with a great mentality and everyone is thankful to him today for getting us the three points.”

MOM: Patrick McLoughlin

 

 

Maddocks grabs point at the death
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Egerton FC 4-4 Pilkington FC Saturday 29th December 2018, Cheshire League Premier Division Pilks grabbed a point in dramatic fashion at Egerton when Ben Maddocks scored with the last touch of the game. Pilks expected a tough game against a team full of ex-semi professionals and internationals including former Ajax star Dean Gorré. They found … Continue reading Maddocks grabs point at the death   more...

Egerton FC 4-4 Pilkington FC
Saturday 29th December 2018, Cheshire League Premier Division

Pilks grabbed a point in dramatic fashion at Egerton when Ben Maddocks scored with the last touch of the game.

Pilks expected a tough game against a team full of ex-semi professionals and internationals including former Ajax star Dean Gorré. They found it difficult to start with as the opposition dragged them around with their quality and seven minutes in they were behind when ex Oldham and Maidstone United striker, Darius Osei headed home.

Despite the start Pilks did have a few chances, Luke Sephton hit the post and after Taylor Prescott?s mazy run his shot was blocked and Deklan Hill?s header went just over.

With nine minutes of the half left, Pilks seemed to switch off and Matty Taylor found himself running back and stumbled into the forward to give away a penalty that doubled Egerton?s lead. Disaster struck again two minutes later as Pilks got caught out with a long pass and they went through for a third goal.

The scoreline seemed harsh on Pilks as they had their fare share of possession and chances but just lacked a bit of drive and quality that the opposition was showing.

Half-time: Egerton FC 3-0 Pilkington FC

They came out in the second half with much more purpose to close down and you could sense the tide turning when Sephton brushed the post again.

Pilks still had to be thankful to young keeper Sam Tickle who pulled off a great save after finding himself standing up the forward following Ben Maddocks? stray back pass.

Finally Pilks got the breakthrough. A quality cross from Taylor led to a scramble where the keeper pulled off two great saves before Hill headed home.

Pilks were now controlling the game and kept knocking on the door. Sephton had a few chances and on the 71st minute was unlucky not to connect at the back post following another quality cross from Taylor.

Finally with nine minutes to go Pilks set up a grandstand finale. Sephton did well to win the ball back off the centre half and as he rounded the keeper he was brought down. Hill converted the penalty for his second of the game.

Two minutes later and Pilks were level when Hill completed his  hat-trick when his cross evaded the keeper to nestle in the top corner.

Pilks would have been happy to take the draw at this stage but two minutes later Sephton found himself one-on-one with the keeper inside the box but somehow dragged it wide. The resultant goal kick was brilliantly taken down by ex-Jamacian International and MLS player Omar Holness who turned on the edge of the box and volleyed the ball past Tickle to give Egerton the lead right at the death.

As the game went deep into the 5th minute of injury time, Egerton were understandably trying to run the clock down and got caught out on the touchline to give away a free-kick. Up stepped Taylor who delivered another majestic cross that Maddocks met to equalise with the last touch of the game.

Full-time: Egerton FC 4-4 Pilkington FC

Manager’s Comments: “We are absolutely made up to grab a point. We went there apprehensive after losing a few players to suspensions, injuries and holidays but the resilience we shown after a disastrous first half was brilliant to see. We are all fighting together for every point which will stand us in good stead at the end of the season. Big congratulations to Young Will Edwards who stepped up from the reserves and didn’t put a foot wrong.”

MOM: Luke Sephton

Hill grabs five as Crewe are ruthlessly demolished
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Crewe 1-8 Pilkington Saturday 15th December 2018, Cheshire League Premier Division Pilks made the long journey to Crewe this weekend and ruthlessly demolished them 8-1. In horrendous windy conditions and freezing rain you would not have expected a game of high quality passing, however Pilks managed to play some of their best football of the … Continue reading Hill grabs five as Crewe are ruthlessly demolished   more...

Crewe 1-8 Pilkington
Saturday 15th December 2018, Cheshire League Premier Division

Pilks made the long journey to Crewe this weekend and ruthlessly demolished them 8-1. In horrendous windy conditions and freezing rain you would not have expected a game of high quality passing, however Pilks managed to play some of their best football of the season.

Deklan Hill got the first of his five goals 15 minutes in when he tapped home the keeper?s save from Graham Boylan?s shot. As both teams settled in Crewe came back and were unlucky not to equalise with two close efforts.

With seven minutes left of the half, Hill got his second. Jack Smith played a lovely ball in and Hill took it cooly round the keeper before cutting back inside the defender to finish. He then went on to complete his hat-trick just before the half when the keeper spilled the ball to allow him to roll the ball into the net.

Pilks came out in the second half with clearly the same intent and extended their lead straight from the kick off. Young Taylor Prescott was fouled as he run into the box and Hill slotted home from the spot.

Pilks? slick passing meant the opposition couldn?t get near them and were in complete control of the game. They introduced Matty Taylor and Miguel Gillam with twenty-five minutes left and Taylor was on the scoresheet almost instantaneously. His free-kick was whipped in and it evaded everyone before finding the back of the net and five minutes later Hill grabbed his fifth of the game when Boylan slipped him in.

With twelve minutes left came the coolest finish of the season. Ben Maddocks swept the ball out wide to Taylor who took it down majestically with the outside of his foot before accelerating past the defender and finishing again with outside of the foot. Taylor then completed his hat-trick with an identical goal to his first. His free-kick was high and curling but this time the keeper misjudged it and it nestled into the top corner.

Crewe managed to pull one back at the end of the game but this was an emphatic win that takes Pilks into second place in the Cheshire Premier League as we start the Christmas break.

Manager’s Comments: “This was a quality performance in such testing conditions. The way we passed the ball around was great to see and the drive to score goals was encouraging. We seem to be coming into good form at the right time.”

MOM: Deklan Hill


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