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Staffordshire County Senior League First Division - Foley Reserves 0 Cheadle SMU 3<

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

Cheadle SMU goalscorer Chris Bessex (yellow shirt).

Cheadle SMU goalscorer Chris Bessex (yellow shirt).

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SMU travelled to a cold and windy Weston Coyney on Saturday as they looked to improve their league standing.

It turned out to be a game of threes: three points, three goals and three games unbeaten.

The weather did not help either side and in a scrappy game, the visitors led 2-0 at the break, thanks to two set-piece goals.

Both came from corners: firstly, from Chris Bessex on the end of a Steve Booth delivery and the second from Jo Price, from the left boot of Dan Lindop.

The second half saw the home side trying to get back into the game but they consistently lost the ball or ran into SMU's rear-guard, who held firm; so much so, that Allen in goal had relatively little to do.

As the half progressed, SMU got more into the game, with Pat Callaghan finding space on the left to threaten and Lindop having a cross-cum-shot that drifted wide of the goal.

The best chance of the half came when Price got through on the right and drilled the ball across the goal.

The keeper spilled it and the unselfish Mitch Finney squared the ball for Callaghan at the far post – but the ball was just too far in front of him, and it was cleared.

A change saw Matt Fitzpatrick coming on, and his arrival saw a 20-minute cameo that increased the tempo for SMU, and it was through him that they sealed the win with 10 minutes to go.

The ever-willing Finney ran into the left-hand channel and pulled the ball back for Fitzpatrick, whose cross-shot was only parried by the keeper onto the legs of a hapless defender and over the line.

The goal was seen and awarded by the assistant referee before the ball was hacked clear.

This spell saw the visitors at their most relaxed, as further substitutes came on. SMU stroked the ball around and were in complete control of the game.

Coach Brian Smith said afterwards: "We played only 75 per cent of what we are capable of, but to win how we did shows we can grind out games, even when we don't play well.'

This Saturday sees SMU away to MMU.

CHEADLE SMU are staging an Elvis tribute night at the JCB Lakeside Club, Rocester, on Saturday, May 24.

The event will feature Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Clay.

Tickets cost £8 and are available from the Lakeside Club (01889 591057), Sadie (07753 325029) or Sharon Booth (07766 660215/01538 756050).

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